• Out of Focus: The Science of Brain Fog

      George, Caroline (Temple University. Grey Matters, 2021-12)
      For some that were infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), symptoms of the virus remain long after their initial illness, in what is known as ‘long COVID’. The term ‘long COVID’ was first coined by Elisa Perego, who talked about her experiences with lingering COVID-19 symptoms after her recovery on Twitter [1]. Medically, a person is given the diagnosis of long COVID-19 if their symptoms last for four weeks and cannot be explained by any other cause [2]. Currently, it is unknown why this illness occurs in some patients, but not others. Those with long COVID tend to experience a variety of symptoms, including brain fog. Brain fog, medically known as clouding of consciousness [3], is used to describe difficulties focusing and thinking that is sluggish [4]. While the relation between COVID and brain fog is currently unknown, what we know now about brain fog can help us to figure out why this link occurs and ways to treat this.
    • Walking Again

      Rahman, Areebah; Paroya, Sonya; Abraham, Ashish; Ayala, Victoria; Clay, Barbara; Young, Jennica; Young|0000-0003-2594-9418 (Temple University. Grey Matters, 2021-05)
      Spinal cord injuries are known to be debilitating and in many cases, limit the ability to walk. This article will investigate how a research group in Germany has enabled functional recovery in mice after spinal cord injury. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs), along with catastrophic falls and sports injuries. Traumatic SCIs result from forced impact, such as from a car accident or sports injury, whereas non-traumatic SCIs involve an infection or slow degeneration of bones [1].