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Reflecting

Through the PLA I have grown tremendously as a leader. The biggest thing that I have learned is that it is ok to fail. Leaders are molded through their failures and being able to persevere and not give up is a great quality of a leader. Most people will not remember...

Obesity Linked to Income?

Obesity has become a major issue around the world. It has been labeled as an epidemic and many efforts have been made to help reduce the number of people that are overweight/obese. Worldwide, the prevalence of obesity has increased 3 times from what it was in 1975....

A New Drug for Lyme Disease?

My mom has had Lyme disease for over ten years now. When it the disease was active in her body, she tried many different medications to help fight the illness, and many of them failed. I am always interested in Lyme disease because it is something prevalent in my...

Chewing Tobacco and Cancer

Chewing tobacco has been found to be linked with cancer, most commonly mouth cancer. There are two peer-reviewed primary research articles that support this health claim2,3. The first study collected data from The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey...

The Real Cost Campaign

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) started The Real Cost Campaign to prevent teens and young adults from using tobacco. In 2016, the campaign narrowed in on smokeless tobacco use and launched a commercial that emphasized the negative effects of chewing...

What Advice Would You Give Your Freshman Year Self

I am in the process of applying for post-graduate scholarship for PA school. In one of my essays it asked me, “Thinking back to your freshman year of college, what advice would you give to your undergrad self?”. This question really had me reflecting on my...

Causes and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is caused by a malfunctioning atrioventricular (AV) node that disrupts the hearts electrical current and causes the atria to beat chaotically out of rhythm. This dysfunction with the AV node can be caused by various underlying problems. These...

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that is characterized by a rapid, irregular heartbeat. It occurs when the heart’s electrical signals malfunction and cause the top chambers of the heart, the left and right atria, to beat out of rhythm with the lower...

ACTA2 Gene Mutation in Women

In class I read a case study about a woman with a mutation in her ACTA2 gene. Mutations in the ACTA2 gene usually cause problems with vascular smooth muscle function that causes thoracic aortic aneurysms, coronary artery disease, Multisystem Smooth Muscle Dysfunction...
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