Obesity is one of the most prevalent disorders in the US, affecting over a third of adults. A disease resulting largely from over-eating or an unhealthy diet, obesity occurs when excess fatty deposits build up around one’s body. As a risk factor for many other chronic diseases, it is a serious condition and a leading research topic of today. … Read More

If you haven’t already, first read part 1 of this post: Prions – Proteins that won’t follow the rules. Several fungal proteins that exhibit prion protein characteristics have been identified. As a group they are called yeast prions, due to their initial discovery in Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the 1990s. Some prions can help cells survive, … Read More

The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It acts as the control center and manages the body’s physiological systems via complex networks and pathways. As commonly shown in research, and even in popular media, the brain’s functions tend to decline with age. But what is the reason behind this? How … Read More

Estrogen is a well-known compound, often associated with women. Although the hormone, a chemical messenger, is also present in men, estrogen is commonly linked to women because of the role it plays in the growth and development of female sexual characteristics and features. Aside from contributing to the sexual development of women, estrogen has a … Read More

Many of the everyday decisions we make, such as “What am I going to buy for my brother’s birthday?” or “Where am I going to eat today?” are heavily based off the retrieval of relevant memories. In the past, the neural and cognitive mechanisms behind these decision-making processes were not studied. Despite the lack of … Read More

Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine at USC have made another step in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, a type of dementia that causes memory loss and cognitive dysfunction. Our brains are protected by something called the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB), a semi-permeable membrane that protects the brain from toxins, bacteria, hormones, neurotransmitters, and other … Read More

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