Tag: medical research

Pompeyo Quesada (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Mr. Quesada is a medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Currently, he is a Medical Student Researcher at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention. He is a former trainee of the Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and of the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He attended The University of the Incarnate Word where he graduated with a BS in Biology and conducted neuroscience research.

Transcending Time

The definition of “getting old” has changed dramatically in recent years. Due to the remarkable advances in medical technologies and interventions, the average life expectancy in the United States has been rising exponentially over the past 50 years. But while our bodies are lasting longer, our brains are still susceptible to the cognitive decline associated with aging.

Chart Review

Seeing this dialog box, which pops up on the hospital’s electronic health record program, is never a surprise. On the list of patients whose charts I’m supposed to review for my summer research project, the deceased ones are highlighted in grey, setting them apart from the otherwise black-and-white list of names and medical record numbers.

Food for Thought and Thought for Food: Aberrant Reward Signaling in Eating Disorders

With each new year, we are pressured to construct a “new self” guided by resolutions. We design a “new year, new me,” fueling the marketing of self-improvement products around December and January. The explosion of fitness equipment in stores during this time attests to the pervasiveness of an annual self-improvement routine in our culture. Importantly, this phenomenon of constructing resolutions to improve body image represents some of the elements of our potentially misaligned “beauty culture,” where popular culture could be involved in driving individuals to extreme measures to achieve weight loss.

Examining the Role of Psychosocial Factors Beyond the Brain

Anyone who has come face to face with a bear can attest to the fact that our bodies can respond physiologically to emotional stimuli in the environment. A racing heart rate, rapid breathing and pounding cardiac output are all physiological responses that may take place during such an encounter. But we do not necessarily need to run into a bear to dramatically affect our cardiovascular (CV) health.

How Belief Influences the Practice of Medicine

While dancing on the line between church and state, the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s decision to not fund contraceptives for its employees drew considerable media attention and controversy. Since the use of contraceptives opposes the religious beliefs of the company leaders, Hobby Lobby employees seeking access to contraceptives must pay for them out of pocket. To better understand the experience of faith that ultimately guided the Hobby Lobby company leaders and in order to “bridge the gap” between science and medicine on the topic of religion, it is important to explore the mechanisms by which widely used religious routines affect our brains.

Jeffrey Mahlum Jeffrey Mahlum (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

My name is Jeff Mahlum, and I am a contributing writer for in-Training magazine. I am a Class of 2018 medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. I also completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I took a year off between undergraduate studies and medical school to complete a graduate certificate in Patient Health Advocacy. As someone with a physical disability, I have a particular interest in health disparities and access to care for patients with disabilities.