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Parkinson’s is caused by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in a region called the substantia nigra. Dopaminergic neurons are brain cells that produce the chemical signal dopamine.
BY ELLI TIAN
By TONY WU
The medical tricorder of the Star Trek universe, a rapid medical assessment device used to quickly examine the patient’s general health, has long been a real-world inspiration for the development of non-invasive health measurement devices.
BY JESS CARNEY
By ELIZABETH LIU
BY SARI AMIEL
BY CATIE PAUL
Fifty years ago, a winning science project for a high school science fair might have been building a rocket in the backyard of your house. All you had at your disposal was whatever you could buy at the local stores. Your lab space was most likely the basement or the garage.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often associated with people exposed to catastrophic situations, such as combat soldiers and rape victims. A recent study by a research group at the Hopkins School of Medicine, however, suggests that people who experience traumas such as war, assault and natural disasters may not be the only ones susceptible to PTSD.
The Ebola outbreak, which began more than a year ago, has finally begun to subside. While the reduction in the number of Ebola patients has given cause for the relaxation of quarantine measures and the reopening of schools, the Ebola outbreak has yet to reach zero new cases in the most affected West African countries.
Almost half of Costa Rica is covered by forests that host an array of flora and fauna, including a newly discovered specie of glass frogs.
“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” While the common saying may be cliché, a new study may provide scientific support for the importance of sleeping and waking early.
It seems that our comfortable modern lifestyles may have gutted our microbiomes.
Many dread the aging process due to the likelihood of acquiring certain diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s. However, memory loss is not an inevitable part of everyone’s future. A recent study indicates that social activities that engage seniors may improve their memory retention.
The fundamental goal of neuroscience is to establish the link between physical events in the brain and human consciousness, from complex thoughts to emotion. Understanding the patterns of brain activity that underlie behavior is a major step toward accomplishing this goal.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent government agency which regulates interstate communications in the United States, recently fined AT&T $25 million for a privacy leak regarding personal information and Social Security numbers of nearly 280,000 customers over a period of three years. It is the largest fine which has ever been issued for data and privacy violations in the history of the U.S.
Chronic sleep disorders are estimated to affect 50 to 70 million Americans, the majority of whom are undiagnosed and untreated. While the diminished quality of sleep has a profound effect on the overall health of those who suffer from sleep disorders, most do not suspect sleep disruptions to be the root of such symptoms as fatigue. Added to this quandary is the lack of experts in sleep medicine and the lack of education on the topic among physicians in general.