It’s more than just architectural damage

Credit: Pexels from Pixabay The moment you hear the word “earthquake,” your mind might jump to natural disasters like the major earthquake that rocked San Francisco in 1906, claiming its title as the worst and deadliest earthquake in United States history. Earthquakes occur all over the world at a rate of 20,000 quakes a year—equating … Continue reading It’s more than just architectural damage

The good, the bad, and the misunderstood: Understanding ingredients in plant-based “meats”

Credit: Thomas Ulrich from Pixabay In today’s day and age, it is incredibly easy to search the internet and find answers to any question you may have. This increased access to information provides an easy avenue for misinformation to spread. With the abundance of searchable information available, it can be difficult to determine which pieces … Continue reading The good, the bad, and the misunderstood: Understanding ingredients in plant-based “meats”

Something BIG is happening at Penn State!

What is BIG? BIG, “Business and Innovation Group” is a newly inaugurated group at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Previously known as the “Hershey Medical Consulting Group”, the organization was rebranded toward the end of 2019 to more accurately represent the mission of the group. We are currently represented by Dr. Kevin Harter, Director … Continue reading Something BIG is happening at Penn State!

The Life of Aducanumab: A Potential Novel Alzheimer’s Disease Drug

On October 22nd, 2019, headlines read “Biogen plans regulatory filing for Aducanumab for Alzheimer’s disease based on new analysis of larger dataset from phase 3 studies”. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease characterized by cognitive dysfunction and memory loss. It is the 6th leading cause of adult deaths in the United States. Biogen … Continue reading The Life of Aducanumab: A Potential Novel Alzheimer’s Disease Drug

Recommendations to Prevent Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the Pediatric Population

Credit: Thanks for your like from Pixabay An endocrine disruptor is an exogenous chemical or mixture of chemicals that can bind to the body's endocrine receptors to activate or block natural hormone synthesis, resulting in modification of hormonal signals and normal endocrine function. Alternately, these chemicals can mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body, including … Continue reading Recommendations to Prevent Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the Pediatric Population

Burn Out

Burn out.It’s a common phrase heard in the hallways of many academic institutions. Burn out has become a major contributor to mental health issues among graduate schools across the country. Driving yourself intensely for an extended period of time can lead to graduate school burn out, and it can last for weeks, sometimes even months. … Continue reading Burn Out

Lost in Translation

Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Anyone that’s taken a high school biology class is probably familiar with the central dogma of biology—DNA is transcribed into mRNA, which is translated into protein. Central Dogma of Biology As the basis for general biology, transcription and translation are fundamental to understanding the living systems scientists study. Despite the … Continue reading Lost in Translation