You have probably experienced the agonizing pain of bumping your toes against furniture, haven’t you? And I bet that you instinctively rubbed your aching toes to lessen the pain. Am I right? And did it help? It probably did.
We hear of Parkinson's disease very often these days. This is indeed a very common neurological disorder affecting about 6 million people worldwide. The disease is characterized by a selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in certain parts of the brain. That causes muscle rigidity, tremors, bradykinesia (slowness of movement) and problems in posture.
My Aunt C. took up an unlikely hobby after her retirement as a school teacher. Not long after she read her last Dr. Seuss to a roomful of children, a flashing neon sign on the highway lured her to the new casino. From then on, whenever my parents visited Aunt C., I no longer heard about golf scores but of small wins at the slot machines at the casino.
If you read a lot of neuroscience articles, or even just news about the brain, you'll likely notice that there's a significant gender imbalance: almost all of the big names are men. But a 17-year-old girl from Denver is trying to change that. Grace Greenwald founded The Synapse Project to connect young women with professors and scientists to establish mentor relationships that will help them learn about, develop a passion for, and enter the field of neuroscience.
- The Broken Mirror
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