Chloroflourocarbons: Uses & Dangers

Chloroflourocarbons were discovered in the 1920’s by Thomas Midgley, an organic chemist at General Motors Corporation. He was looking for inert, non-toxic, non-flammable compounds with low boiling points that could be used as refrigerants. He found what he was looking for in the form of two compounds: dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC-12) and trichloromonoflouromethane (CFC-11). In both compounds,…

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD,  is a common problem of people living in northern United States.  People who are affected by this disorder commonly suffer from depression, lethargy, inability to concentrate, overeating and weight gain.  People from the north tend to suffer more from this disorder because of the shortened days.  It appears, that due…

Prader-Willi Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

with no known cure; causing mental retardation, short stature, low muscle tone, incomplete sexual development, and its main characteristic, the desire to eat everything and anything in sight.   Prader-Willi syndrome was first known as Prader-Labhart-Willi Syndrome after three Swiss doctors who first described the disorder in 1956. The doctors described a small group of kids…