Alcoholism: A Neurological Perspective

After an intensive course regarding alcoholism with Dana Most and Dr. Adron Harris in the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at the University of Texas at Austin, alcoholism, its causes, diagnosis, prognosis, and FDA-approved treatments were investigated. Here is the report written under their guidance. Alcoholism is one of the foremost problems in society today. The DSM-5 manual helps doctors tell what disease you may have and better allows them to treat you […]

Stem cells show potential for glioblastoma treatment

Changes in the Characteristics of AC133+ Stem Cells in Hypoxic U251 Glioblastoma Cell Microenvironment Abstract Angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessels, is a critical factor in brain cancer growth. Anti-angiogenic drugs block oxygen supply to the tumor by preventing blood vessel formation. Previous in vivo studies suggested a link between anti-angiogenic treatment and increased tumor growth post-remission. Our study attempts to examine the role of AC133+ stem cells in the glioblastoma microenvironment to understand tumor […]

The OCD brain strikes again

Who would have ever thought that Cameron Diaz, the cute voice actress behind Fiona from Shrek, actually suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? In fact, she opens doors with her elbows, refusing to touch the germ-ridden doorknobs with her bare hands! Although OCD is not a disease that "kills", it can be a distressing experience for individuals. A classic example is someone who has an obsession with cleanliness. Driven by a fear of germs, an OCD person […]

The Neuroscience Behind Your Mood: Neurotransmitter Switching in the Adult Brain

For many of us, our mood changes with the outside environment. When it rains, we tend to feel “sad”, and perhaps somewhat lonely. When it is sunny, we feel happier and more jubilant inside. Some people feel more comfortable in daylight, while others prefer the quiet darkness at night. What exactly is happening to our brain that leads us to feel a certain way in different environmental situations? A recent finding by Davide Dulcis and […]