Life Science, S&F 2: Body Systems (HS), S&F 3: Body Systems (MS), Structure and Function

Gut Bacteria and Parkinson’s

Gut Microbiota Regulate Motor Deficits and Neuroinflammation in a Model of Parkinson’s Disease SUMMARY: This study looked at whether or not gut bacteria could cause symptoms of Parkinson’s. A protein called α-Syn collects and clumps together in the brain, causing the symptoms and affecting the amount of dopamine that is released. There are 8 sections… Continue reading Gut Bacteria and Parkinson’s

Life Science, S&F 2: Body Systems (HS), S&F 3: Body Systems (MS), Structure and Function

How the Microbiome Can Change Brain Development

Early Disruption of the Microbiome Leading to Decreased Antioxidant Capacity and Epigenetic Changes: Implications for the Rise in Autism SUMMARY: This is a rather long, but very interesting, article about all the ways gut microbiome can be disrupted. The products of the the gut microbiome can affect brain development, but the article also focuses on… Continue reading How the Microbiome Can Change Brain Development

Life Science, Physical Science, S&F 2: Body Systems (HS), S&F 3: Body Systems (MS), S&P 4: Molecule Traits (HS), Structure & Properties of Matter, Structure and Function

How the Microbiome Might Affect Microglia

Emerging Developments in Microbiome and Microglia Research: Implications for Neurodevelopmental Disorders SUMMARY: Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) produced by gut bacteria influence the way microglia develop. This then affects the way synapses are pruned, myelination, and other aspects of brain development. There are three types of SCFAs: acetate, butyrate, and propionate. They each have different… Continue reading How the Microbiome Might Affect Microglia

Life Science, S&F 2: Body Systems (HS), S&F 3: Body Systems (MS), S&F 3: Homeostasis (HS), S&F 4: Stimuli Response (MS), Structure and Function

Human Gut Microbiome and Health

The Human Gut Microbiome - A Potential Controller of Wellness and Disease SUMMARY: This is a summary article of all the disorders and diseases that are correlated with gut microbiome disruption: Clostridium infections, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, obesity, colon cancer, and autism spectrum disorder. For each disorder, the authors summarize the research that has… Continue reading Human Gut Microbiome and Health

Life Science, S&F 2: Body Systems (HS), S&F 3: Body Systems (MS), Structure and Function

Description of CTE in 3 Athletes

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Athletes: Progressive Tauopathy following Repetitive Head Injury SUMMARY: This paper describes CTE in 2 boxers and a football player. It talks about the the molecular abnormalities found in the players’ brains (see appendix for histology images). At the end, this article gives some guidelines on how to prevent CTE and how… Continue reading Description of CTE in 3 Athletes