Are Video Games Really… “Mindless?”

Ameyavikram Pathak School: Hopewell Valley Central High School Introduction We’ve all heard from, well, about everyone, that video games rot your brain. People often tell their kids to turn off their devices because they want their kids to have healthy eyes in this new era of technological advancements. Some can even argue that violence in certain…

Untreated Mental Illnesses: The Causes and Effects

Milena Bimpong School: Lawrence High School People view taking time off from school or work because of the flu or a broken bone as perfectly acceptable, but taking time off because of stress from a mental illness such as anxiety or depression, unfortunately, is not. People usually believe that someone who takes time off from…

National Autism Awareness Month

Nicholas Persaud The month of April is National Autism Awareness Month. As suggested by the name, the purpose of this month is to educate and inform others about autism. This includes defining the disease, learning what it means to have autism, learning the difficulties that someone with autism faces, and of course learning how to…

April: Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Barbara Gruszka Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder. While there are many neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Huntington’s, Parkinson’s is characterized by the development of tremors, impaired movement, and even trouble controlling emotions.[1] Why does this occur? Current research points to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Neurotransmitters allow for the…

Development of Novel Flow Cytometry Technique to Study Yellow Fever Virus

BY DEVORAH SAFFERN Researchers in the Ploss lab of the Molecular Biology department at Princeton University have utilized a new technology to analyze the pathogenesis of the yellow fever virus (YFV), which can be applied to other viruses and lead to significant progress in understanding disease mechanisms. Published in Nature Communications on March 14, their…

Combating Blood Shortage: In vitro Red Blood Cells

BY SHARON WASHIO At any given time, or more exactly every 2 seconds, blood transfusions are needed for complicated surgeries, treatments, accident victims, sickle patients, pregnancy complications, severely anemic children, and more. While blood can be donated even concurrently with the use of medications like aspirin, and in the U.S. approximately 38% of the population…

American Heart Month

Nicholas Persaud February is the month dedicated to the heart in more ways than one. Most people know about Valentine’s day but they probably don’t know that the month of February is American Heart Month. Heart health is an extremely important issue worldwide. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is…

The Links between Gut Microbes and Human Disease

BY DEVORAH SAFFERN Our guts are composed of thousands of bacterial species, many of which are essential for physiological processes like digestion and fighting disease. Recent findings suggest that these microbes – the types of which are specific to each individual – are linked to several diseases that affect much of our population. Studying the…

Blood-based prion detection: a breakthrough?

BY YUSHA SUN Prion diseases are a group of infectious, mostly fatal neurological diseases that affect all animals, including humans. Prion diseases are caused by prions, infectious agents made from a conformationally altered form of the natural PrP protein. They are especially dangerous due to their ability to propagate in the body and brain indefinitely…

MicroRNAs: The Future of Cancer Treatments

BY SHARON WASHIO Existing treatments for cancer have varying levels of success depending on the type, location, stage of cancer, and more. Such options include chemotherapy, radiation, drugs, or surgery, but those afflicted must often keep an eye out for relapse even when the cancer seems to momentarily go away. Though improved pharmaceuticals and enhanced…