Concussions And The Devastation Of Second Impact Syndrome

A concussion usually occurs from a blow to the head resulting in symptoms including a possible temporary loss of consciousness, headache, confusion, nausea, and/or fatigue. At the cellular level, a concussion is causing microstructural injury to neural tissue in the brain. Axonal injuries caused by concussions can impair cognitive function, reaction time, spatial learning, and…
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Lou Gehrig And His Killer

Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903 in New York City.  He was the son of two German immigrants, Christina and Heinrich Gehrig.  In his youth he showed incredible promise in the sports of football and baseball, which ultimately led to a football scholarship at Columbia University.  While attending Columbia he also joined the…
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Concussion: Not Something To Be Taken Lightly

Kari grew up loving to ride horses. When she was 20 years old, she was riding and ended up falling off as her horse was going over a jump. She hit her head pretty hard and had a little bit of a headache and felt a little dizzy, but luckily she was wearing a helmet.…
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The Monkey On Your Back Or The Bug In Your Brain?

The Monkey on Your Back or the Bug in Your Brain? Dealing with addiction is no small feat. Those who are living with addiction face each day fighting the desire to relapse. But why do people become addicted? What happens to make the cravings people feel so hard to ignore? Although not everything is fully…
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There Is Hope In Battling Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a chronic, debilitating disease that has become a serious issue in our society.  Prolonged substance abuse can result in both long-term chemical and structural changes in the brain. The reward pathway and the “feel good” neurotransmitter, dopamine, are heavily involved in this process. The pleasure felt from taking these addictive drugs is…
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