A New Signaling Pathway in Diamond Blackfan Anemia

Sriya Kudaravalli Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) is blood disease in which the bone marrow malfunctions and fails to make enough erythrocytes, or red blood cells. Inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, DBA affects approximately five to seven million infants globally, and about half of the DBA patients possess physical abnormalities, such as microcephaly, hypertelorism, Ptosis, micrognathia, webbed neck, absent thumbs, cataracts, and glaucoma. In addition, affected patients have an increased risk of developing acute myeloid […]

Innovative New Technology Attempting to Reduce Hospital Associated Infections

Kenneth Trang Introduction Today, the modern American is more likely than ever before to visit a hospital, local doctor, or any healthcare provider. In fact, 83% of Americans (268 million) visited a healthcare professional in 2015 ((Summary Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2015)). However, while hospitals do have general health benefits, visiting one exposes patients to a new risk: healthcare associated infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial infections. […]

An Evaluation of Anti-Depressants Versus Non-Medication Therapies on the Treatment of Depressive Disorders

By Divya Manikandan Ever since the late 1900’s and straight into the 21st century, we have witnessed an increased marketing and usage of anti-depressants by the general population , with SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such a Prozac, becoming household names. However, while these drugs may have their positives, their negative patho-physiological side effects remain largely undermined. This article aims to create an in depth analysis of the biological impact of various Anti-Depressant drugs in […]

Mela-NO-More: Fighting Cancer with Immunotherapy

Author: Anika Markan Introduction: In 2017, approximately 87,110 new cases of  melanoma will be diagnosed and about 9,730 people are expected to die of melanoma. For the past 30 years, the rates of melanoma have been rising (Key Statistics for Melanoma Skin Cancer 1). There are many new treatments being discovered to treat melanoma everyday. Among the most common cancer treatments are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy that targets growing cancer […]

A Novel Computational Genetics Framework for Identifying New Candidate Circulating Biomarkers of Heart Failure

Avanika Narayan Palo Alto Senior High School - Palo Alto, Ca Acknowledgments My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Euan Ashley for giving me the opportunity to perform research at the Falk Cardiovascular Center in Stanford University. I thank him for providing insight and direction to my research interests. I am grateful to Daryl Waggott, my primary mentor, who has been a constant pillar of support throughout this incredible experience. Daryl was always eager and […]