Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fruit fly brains shed light on why we get tired when we stay up too late

As we learned in class sleep deprived teen do worse in school, but what actually makes us so sleepy after losing sleep?  In a research done by scientists in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, they found out fruit fly brains and sleep work similarly to humans. This led to research which ultimately shows a part of the brain in the flies called the R2 neuron. Flies that got sleep only had this section light up once every minute, however flies that are sleep deprived lit up their R2 neurons four times every minute. Moreover the sleep deprived flies had R2 neurons light up in more places, more frequently, and brighter. Ultimately this concludes that sleep deprived teens will get tired more often and more intense desire to sleep compared to well rested teens. 

This is really interesting how we can do more research on fruit flies to hopefully find a way to solve problems such as insomnia and people with overactive sleep drive. 

Do you think further research into this can help cure sleep diseases or abnormalities? Do you think this can also lead to more potent sleep pills or even the opposite? 

Does protein supplement actually help you gain muscle?

Anyone who wants to build muscle fast will go straight for protein supplements such as powders, pills, drinks, etc. but do they really help? Most people get them because they see that the product has 30 grams of protein or such, they don't know if it is true or if it will work. Studies have shown that some supplements indeed work and help build muscle. Others just simply don't do anything to you and can danger your health.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Can Fevers Help Depression?

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As we have learned in class, most mental disorders are caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. In this article it talks about how doctors are testing to see if giving patients a mild fever will help alleviate depression symptoms. The way the treatment works is that patients are put into a  tent-like room and have heat applied to there limbs and chest to slightly raise there body temperatures. It is believed that this process will help activate the part of the brain that releases serotonin, the chemical that most depressed people are lacking.

I believe that if this proves to work, it will be a great advancement in helping depression. This method would most likely have little to know side effects, making it a great alternative to taking antidepressants. This is also a major help to people who don't believe in taking medication and prefer more natural methods of healing.

What do you think? If this proves to work, will it have an effect on the manufacturing of antidepressant drugs? What possible side effects could come out of constantly doing this to help symptoms?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Male Birth Control

Link to article on male birth control

This article describes the different types of birth control that are currently being researched and what stage of production they are currently in. This relates to the topic of sexual education and the different ways to protect yourself that we are currently learning in class. My personal opinion on this topic is it would be an intelligent choice for males to buy this product, because as the picture says, it would be more effective to kill of the sperm versus trying to control the sperm fertilizing the egg.

If male birth control becomes available for purchase, will men actually buy it? How could it affect the sales of birth control for women?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Drugs,Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

The brains is made up of many parts that all work together as a team.The brain is a communication center consisting of billions neurons or nerve cells. Networks of neurons pass messages back forth among different structures within the brain, the spinal cord and nerves in the rest of the body(the peripheral nervous system). These nerve networks coordinate and regulate everything we feel, think and do.
Drugs are chemicals that affect the brain by tapping into its communication system and interfering with the way neurons normally send, receive, and process information.Most drugs of abuse directly or indirectly target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Our brains are wired to ensure that we will repeat life-sustaining activities by associating those activities with pleasure or reward.When some drugs of abuse are taken, they can release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards such as eating and sex do.
For the brain the difference between normal rewards and drug rewards can be described as the difference between someone whispering into your ear and someone shouting into a microphone. The brain adjusts to the overwhelming surges in dopamine by producing less and by reducing the number of receptors that can receive signals.Chronic exposure to drugs disrupts the way critical brain structures interact to control and inhibit behaviors related to drug use. Drug addiction erodes a person's self  control and ability to make sound decisions while producing intense impulse to take drugs.


How Eating Healthy & unhealthy Foods Affects Your Body

The article talks about how healthy food choices are able to improve mental and physical health. Also, it says how unhealthy food choices lower your energy levels, takes years off your life, and increase in deadly diseases. It relates to health class because we did a whole unit based on nutrition and the importance it has to live a healthy lifestyle. A way to live a healthy lifestyle would be to cut out sugary and fatty foods and replace them with vegetables, fruits, and stuff high in protein.One reaction I had to the article was that I didn't realize eating unhealthy foods had such big consequences on my life. I feel after reading this article I will improve my own eating habits so I am able to live a healthy and long life. 

After reading this article, will it change how you eat in your daily life?
If you eat healthy throughout the day, do you feel you get a better night sleep?
How do you recommend living a healthier sugar-free diet?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Assisted Suicide

I felt this was an important issue as we have been talking about mental health disorders for a while, and assisted suicide is always a controversial issue when brought up in any government setting.  In some ways it seems logical, as if a person is suffering with little to no hope of getting better then requesting to die painlessly seems reasonable.  However, there can also be arguments the other way, as I would not be able to live with myself if I was a doctor who had to administer drugs to kill someone voluntarily.  Religious arguments can also be cited as causes to keep sick people alive.  Do you think assisted suicide should be allowed?  How come?  What are the conditions that need to be met for someone to get help in ending their life?