Winter 2009

Pesticides On the Brain: The Environmental Factors Behind Parkinson’s Disease

Pesticides On the Brain: The Environmental Factors Behind Parkinson’s Disease






Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by the progressive degeneration of dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra, a region in the midbrain critical for motor planning and reward-seeking behavior.  The substantia nigra interacts directly with the putamen and caudate nucleus via the release of dopamine.  This release, in turn, activates a […]

 
 

Global Climate Change & Asthma: Pulmonary Consequences of Fossil Fuels

Global Climate Change & Asthma: Pulmonary Consequences of Fossil Fuels






A wave of research in the past few years shows a positive correlation between the ongoing climate change and increases in prevalence and severity of asthma and other related respiratory allergic diseases.  Increasing temperatures disrupt normal pollen production, worsen ground-level ozone pollution, increase ambient air pollution and alter climate patterns, […]

 
 

Research: Effects of Frying Oil on Acrylamide Formation in Potatoes

Research: Effects of Frying Oil on Acrylamide Formation in Potatoes






Abstract In 2002, Swedish scientists discovered acrylamide formation in some starchy foods prepared at high temperatures (1). This has since become a major concern in the food industry due to the potential negative health effects of acrylamide.  Different cooking oils have varying fatty acid contents, which are likely to affect […]

 
 
 
 
 

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