STUDENTS AND “SMART DRUGS”

BY ZEHADI ALAM – What if you could take a pill and become smarter? Sound too good to be true? Our epistemic duties would demand skeptical inquiry on our part with respect to such a sensational notion. Claims of such a sort are certainly accompanied by underlying caveats, given that the structure of such an…

THIS IS WHAT A SCIENTIST LOOKS LIKE

BY MARIA FLOWERS – From humble beginnings rose an organization founded on passion and grounded in career development while promoting equality. Women in Science (WiSci, for short), emerged out of the male-dominated science field, hungry for like-minded peers and mentors that have the potential to accelerate the role of women in science. Its mission: “To…

INSIGHT INTO YOUR MAKEUP

BY  RIGI THOMAS – Is it possible to say no to trial and error? As medical prescriptions move away from trial and error methods that are ineffective, harmful and tedious, medical scientists explore the field of pharmacogenetics that focus on precision medicine. According to Dr. James Mitroka, associate professor in Pharmacy, pharmacogenetics is the scientific…

HOW CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS INFLUENCE CANCER

BY SASHA STOGNIY – Circadian rhythms – from the Latin “circa” (around) and “diem” (day) – are internal biological processes aligned with certain external environmental cues that repeat in a cycle roughly the length of one solar day. For humans in a clinical setting, the length of a circadian clock averages a little longer (24.2…

OPIOID ADDICITON – THE BEGINNING OF THE END

BY OLIVIA WALLON – What do Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Arizona State University have in common? They all are ranked in the top 10 colleges with the largest undergraduate classes, averaging at about 42,000 undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2017. 42,000 stories, 42,000 families, 42,000 lives. Now imagine that in one year,…

PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF GLUCOSE TESTING

BY DEVAN HAMMACK – With the risk of potential tissue damage and the presence of blood, it’s no surprise that some are unenthused by the traditional means of blood glucose testing. For many years, people with diabetes have known this method as their truth, with no other reliable options available to them on the market.…

SENSORS INSIDE US

BY ALEX HOLLOWAY – Tracking sensors are in almost all forms of technology, including cell phones, computers and cars, but now they can even be present in medications. Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. released the Abilify MyCite, which is an ingestible pill that contains a sensor inside. The sensor allows patients and their providers to record…

COULD A POTENTIAL CAUSE OF OBESITY BE HIDING IN OUR GUT?

BY VELICHKA UZUNOVA – Obesity is a rapidly growing public health concern which affects more than 93.3 million adults in the U.S. This disease is influenced by multiple factors including sedentary lifestyle, improper diet and genetic predispositions. We rarely consider the microbe composition of our gut to be a potential cause of obesity, however, recent…

JUSTICE FOR HENRIETTA LACKS

BY SANIA QAZI – Henrietta Lacks is the women behind many remarkable advances in medicine, such as: the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, cloning, gene mapping, and chemotherapy. Everyone alive today has benefitted in some way from her contribution to medicine. In fact, Henrietta Lacks is probably the most important thing to happen to modern…