For this assignment you will respond to three case studies.
What is a Case Study?
case study is a narrative used to help you practice real-life analysis
and communication skills. It is a learning tool that
provides readers with “enough detail…to understand
the nature and scope of the problem, and…serve as a
springboard for discussion and learning” (O’Rourke, 2007, p. 391).
Use your textbook and academic resources from the Kaplan Library to support your responses.
the Kaplan Library directly from Course Home for this class, or through
the student portal. Be sure to cite and reference
all your sources. The Kaplan Library has a feature
that allows you to automatically create an APA formatted
Your completed case study should be between
750–1000 words, and all sources must be properly
cited using APA format.
- Amy is cooking dinner for her
family. She moves to pull a pot off the stove and
accidently touches the burner. She reflexively pulls her finger away
from the stove and immediately feels the pain.
Which receptor neuron is responsible for sending information from
her finger to her peripheral nervous system?
- Is this receptor neuron, an afferent or efferent neuron?
Explain where the information from the receptor neuron is sent and
how does it result in Amy moving her finger
away from the stove.
- How many neurons are typically involved in this response? What are the names of these neurons?
- Evolutionarily, why do you think the human body has this system in place?
- What might happen if we did not have this response?
Glen, who is 45 years old, begins to notice that his hands shake
(tremors) when he is performing everyday tasks
such as signing his signature. His family members
have noticed that he also has muffled speech and tends to
shuffle when he walks. He is diagnosed with Early Onset
- What is Early Onset Parkinson’s disease?
- What specific cell type is affected in Parkinson’s disease?
- What is dopamine? What effects does dopamine have on the body?
Explain the structure of a synapse and why Glen’s neurologist would
prescribe him a dopamine agonist?
Glen has genetic testing performed and it is determined that he
does carry an autosomal dominant mutation in the
SNCA gene associated with Early Onset
Parkinson’s disease. Glen has three
children. Would you advise his children to have genetic testing
performed to determine if they also carry the
disease mutation? Why or why not?
who is 37 years old, discusses with her physician recent symptoms
that she has experienced including blurred vision,
numbness in her fingers and face, dizziness,
fatigue and weakness. The physician performs multiple
neurological tests and she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
- What is MS?
- Is MS a disease of the central or peripheral nervous system?
- What is the main cell structure affected in MS?
- How is the action potential of a neuron affected in MS?
- The origins of MS are not clear. What do scientists hypothesize to be the causes of MS?
assignment should be written in an essay format. The assignment
requires you to include details from research
including the course materials and sources you locate
on your own. Remember to use APA format to cite your sources of
information, both within parenthetical citations and also
within a reference page at the end of the project.