In this article, I will be investigating the function of the hippocampus as a whole and by its parts. But let me first talk about why it is important to consider the whole picture through abstractions and also to dig into the details with specifics. For the sake of understanding something, many people use abstractions […]
How Mastication (Chewing) Improves Brain Function
Mastication, or chewing, can play a huge part in stimulating our brain for enhanced cognitive function. That’s because there is a large number of neural connections running from our mouth to our brain. Quite a significant part of our brain is dedicated to interpreting somatosensory information and to orchestrating the motor movements of our lips, mouth, […]
How Telomere Length Limits Cell Replication, Life Span & Senescence
Almost everyone wants to live longer lives. But our lifespans are biologically capped at the cellular level. Our cells can only replicate a certain number of times until they are no longer able to. And the key factor that decides how many times a cell can divide is telomere length. What is a Telomere & […]
Neurotrophins are a family of proteins that influence neurons through cell signaling. Specifically, neurotrophins bind to a cell’s receptors to “send a message” to the cells, and thereby cause a reaction or change from the cell. And neurotrophins bind to two classes of receptors: the p75, and the Trk families of Tyrosine kinase receptors. p75 […]
What is Metabolism, & How Does it Work in Human Biology?
What is Metabolism? Metabolism is the sum of all the chemical processes or chemical reactions in the cells of living organisms that allows them to sustain life. Metabolism is the summation of 3 main functions: to convert food to energy, to convert food to building blocks for the body, and to eliminate metabolic waste. Metabolism […]