Biology 202 Web Paper 1

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Cold Could Save Your Life: Therapeutic Hypothermia

        The use of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is becoming more widespread in the treatment of nontraumatic cardiac arrest and traumatic brain injury. Patients sustaining one of these two conditions may benefit from a controlled state of mild hypothermia, in which healthcare providers lower body temperature in an effort to help recovery. This new treatment, which is still being fully explored, is starting to be implemented by ambulance services and Emergency Departments across the country. This paper seeks to outline the use of TH in cardiac arrest and traumatic brain injury, discussing the benefits, costs, and possible directions for further research.
Therapeutic Hypothermia in Cardiac Arrest

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Saba Ashraf                                                                                                    February 23, 2010


Body Dysmorphic Disorder


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The effects of Music on Language Disabilities


As a musician with many years of training, and a student with language learning impairment, I have a motivating interest in learning about the effects music might have on language development. My late-diagnosed language disability (discovered when I entered high school), consisting of phonological processing, spoken language, and reading disorders (Report of Neuropsychological Evaluation 14). I was fascinated to learn that research studies have shown that musical training enhances verbal ability including verbal memory, and perhaps language ability.

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The Brain and Religion

            Religion experiments have been performed to figure out the religious experience, how the pattern of neural synapses will result in feeling embraced and in the presence of the ultimate being. Through these experiments scientists have found parts of the brain that are triggered and even a neuron that is triggered when a person sees or hears the word God. With these findings there is the debate if the brain formed a capacity for religion, if there is a specific neuron that makes one more susceptible to religious belief or if religion is just an imprint, something that forms from exposure.

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Emily Dickinson: A Spiritual Materialist

I think To Live – may be a Bliss
To those who dare to try -
Beyond my limit – to conceive -
My lip – to testify -    

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The Challenge of Determining Consciousness

Consciousness is a state of awareness of self and the environment and is determined by the level and content of this awareness, also referred to as arousal and awareness respectively (1). Consciousness itself takes many forms, as can be seen in the many combinations of level and content of awareness. When describing comas and vegetative states, people often use the terms interchangeably and freely without regard for the differences in consciousness of patients in these states. This however does not account for the differences in consciousness of patients in these states. In a coma, a patient is described as having “disordered arousal,” as opposed to an impairment of the content of consciousness (as is found in patients in minimally conscious states).

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Disease or Madness: Society's Perception of Bipolar Disorder

“Mania is...constant anxiety, constant irritability, having everything be raw, being brittle, crying but feeling nothing, and really . . . just you never know” (Anon). Though it refers to a something that Western society generally characterizes as a mental illness, this statement is more applicable to madness than a medical condition. It is no small wonder that the stigma associated with bipolar disorder, once called manic depression, have endured far more strongly than that of many other mental illnesses.

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How Tough is Too Tough

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