Epilepsy awareness 

Experiencing an epileptic seizure can be quite scary. It comes as a wave of abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can lead to a wide spectrum of symptoms. These symptoms can range from feeling lightly nauseous and unsteady, to exhibiting uncontrollable jerking movements and losing consciousness. It can be debilitating, not only at the... Continue Reading →

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Brain-eating amoeba 

After hurricane Irma, Florida might have a greater risk of spreading infection. More specifically, brain-eating amoebas are more likely to thrive in the stagnant water. These microbes can enter the body through the nose and reach the brain within a few days. There, they begin their feast, which in most cases is fatal. This work... Continue Reading →

“Branching Out” – the story of Sholl analysis 

I have always been attracted to symmetry.  Ever since childhood, symmetry and equilibrium have always put me at ease and gave me a sense of aesthetic satisfaction. In graduate school, I studied the process of differentiation (read "development") of nerve cells called neurons.  Neurons have beautiful architecture, but are never actually symmetrical.  Yet they still... Continue Reading →

Pushing the envelope- Part II

Last week, I wrote about pushing the limits of science by thinking outside the box.  In that sense, "thinking outside the box" is used quite figuratively to indicate how traditional thinking will not lead to new ideas, and constant innovation is necessary to achieve breakthroughs. In this post, we will examine the same concept in... Continue Reading →

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