Below we have AED's second newsletter. Find out what's new in medicine, how to improve your personal statement, and who our member spotlight is.
Nerve Regrowth and 3D Printers
Did you ever think that printers would be able to help regrow nerves? There has been research on rats using 3D printers to help regenerate not just linear nerves, but complex ones. The first step is to use a 3D scanner to find out the structure of the nerve. Then a custom printer creates a guide that is used for nerve regrowth. The scanning and printing process takes an hour to occur and then the guide is implanted. For the rat, it improved in walking after ten to twelve weeks! They are planning to bring this to humans that have nerve damage, which in the past was irreversible. The idea of a library for storing scans that can be used for guides may also been in the works. This definitely has promise for the regain of motor function after an injury or disease.
Here's a video link to see how the 3D printer works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1TiyPDRJ60
Infants and Stunted Growth
Long-term use of a form of medication commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of asthma (inhaled corticosteroids) could lead to a reduced rate of growth for infants given the medication during their first 2 years of life. Guidelines advise that inhaled corticosteroids are only used for recurrent wheezing. Singular or secondary cases of wheezing should be treated with short-acting bronchodilators or a short course of oral corticosteroids. Children who had used inhaled corticosteroids during their first two years of life were found to be shorter for their age, especially with who had used budesonide for longer than six months. There has been debate that obstruction that the infant has is not asthma and should never be treated with inhaled corticosteroids.
Brain Prosthesis and Improving Memory Loss
An implant has been created which has electrodes placed in regions of the hippocampus, the memory center of the brain. When the brain receives sensory information, it creates a memory by sending electrical signals that travel through the hippocampus. The signals are re-encoded until they reach a final region, where a completely different signal is sent for long-term storage. Even there is no way of "reading" a memory just by looking at its electrical signal, the prosthesis bypasses the damaged hippocampal section so that the next region can have correctly translated signal. This could give people diagnosed with dementia the ability to create new memories.
Personal Statement Tips
- Stay focused.
- Choose a theme. Stick to it, and support it with specific examples.
- Good writing is simple writing.
- Use clear and direct language. Make clear points and remove any fluff. Your essays should be easy to comprehend.
- Keep it relevant to why you're choosing a life in medicine.
- If you choose to write about an experience that is not directly related, explain how it contributed to your desire to go to medical school or how it will inform your experience as a medical student. Don't go off on tangents.
- Find your unique angle.
- What can you say about yourself that no one else can? Remember, everyone has trials, successes and failures. What's important and unique is how you reacted to those incidents. Be personal and be specific. It should be passionate and interesting to read.
- Don't overdo it.
- Beware of being too self–congratulatory or too self–deprecating.
- Get feedback.
- The more time you have spent writing your statement, the less likely you are to spot any errors. Have a professor or friend proofread your personal statement with each revision.
Today’s member spotlight features Anthony Tolomeo! Anthony is a 3rd biology major, disabilities in society minor, on the pre-med track. Tolomeo joined AED back in Fall of 2014. “I have met some amazing people who share similar career goals and push me to stay on my path and work harder in the tough times,” responded Anthony when asked about his favorite part about our organization. Aside for AED, Anthony serves as secretary of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) fraternity and volunteers at shands. He is also very well known for his amazing photos, whether they are goofy or captivatingly beautiful. You can catch Anthony this at general body meetings this fall, screaming his lungs out at Football games, or getting his dose of vitamin D at the beach.
Thanks for reading! See you all at the GBM!