The Degrees of Peripheral Nerve Injury

Peripheral nerve injury (PNI) is a common ailment that occurs after trauma such as lacerations of nerve tissue, crush injuries, gunshot wounds, drug injection injury, electrical injury and more. It can also occur due to autoimmune diseases, diabetes which is the leading cause of polyneuropathy, and vascular problems. PNI has more than 100 types of neuropathy and affects more than 20 million people in the United States. This condition currently has scare options for treatment. [iii] It can range from afflicted individuals experiencing a severe consistent burning sensation to total loss of sensation in the affected body part. The extent … Continue reading The Degrees of Peripheral Nerve Injury

The Importance of Cholesterol & How to Control It

Cholesterol sounds taboo for some because it is thought as something abnormal. Nevertheless, it is something that keeps us alive and allows us to keep cell membranes in check through the transportation of molecules and by creating hormones which are important biological components that regulate our body’s needs. Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in our blood that binds to protein. The combination of proteins and cholesterol forms what we call “lipoproteins.”[1] The importance of cholesterol in our diets is essential, but what happens when there are high levels of it in the bloodstream? Two things can happen in the … Continue reading The Importance of Cholesterol & How to Control It

The Brilliance of Optogenetics

We have heard about different colors in light influencing certain emotions and behaviors but how about taking it a few steps further? Imagine living in a world where a person suffering from a behavioral disorder, for example an obsessive compulsive disorder, can undergo a procedure to be cured. They can go back to living a more functional life and do whatever they love without any obstacles after a clinic visit. A person with a broken bone can speed up the recovery process and get out of the cast within a couple weeks rather than a month. The field of Optogenetics … Continue reading The Brilliance of Optogenetics

AMWA: Walk it Like I Talk it: Bridging Public Health Factors and Patient-Centered Care

Emily Peterson*, Sarah Zarwi*, Aimee Lombard*, Anmol Singh*, Sarah Norman*, Chancée Forestier* * American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Case Abstract: This case serves as a foundation to study the intricate public health elements such as social reproduction, … Continue reading AMWA: Walk it Like I Talk it: Bridging Public Health Factors and Patient-Centered Care

Stroke in Dominant Hemisphere- A Silver Lining Through Neuropsychiatric Approaches of Therapy

Rafeef Khleif*, Faisal Khowaja*, Farzana Sumia*, Noor Alqaysi*, Shafaq Kirmani* * American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine In this clinical case, we are presenting a 78-year-old right-handed South Asian woman who was perfectly normal before? presenting with an acute-onset right side stroke, delirium, and becoming mute.  Neuroimaging showed a massive ischemic infarction extending over her left parietal, frontal,  temporal, insular cortex, and subcortical areas. She had no history of hypertension,  hyperlipidemia, or diabetes.  She was put on antiplatelet therapy and anti-cerebral edema measures.  It has been a month since the stroke. Although repeat MRIs continue to show poor … Continue reading Stroke in Dominant Hemisphere- A Silver Lining Through Neuropsychiatric Approaches of Therapy

Precipitation of diabetic ketoacidosis by COVID 19 infection in Type 1 diabetic individual due to possible insulin resistance

Joshua Tsai*, Noemi Jubaer* * American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine A young gentleman with known diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) under care of physician and compliant with insulin therapy developed Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) in the setting of an active asymptomatic SARS CoV-2 infection. These two conditions are not commonly discussed in synchronism; this case report works to expand on the sequence by which Diabetic Ketoacidosis may have been precipitated by an active SARS CoV-2 infection by exploring its effect on insulin sensitive cells with already established understanding of the tropism of SARS CoV-2 towards cells with ectoenzyme angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). Continue reading Precipitation of diabetic ketoacidosis by COVID 19 infection in Type 1 diabetic individual due to possible insulin resistance

CIG: Poster Title: Nocturnal Death: A Case of Rhythmic Drama

Attul Sharma*, Rachel Quint*, Fares Salem*, Zohal Rahimi*, Premsai Bondalapati*, Akashpreet Riar* * American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Introduction:             Sodium and potassium channels are the most critical players in the maintenance of homeostasis and function in … Continue reading CIG: Poster Title: Nocturnal Death: A Case of Rhythmic Drama

PSYCH: Mental Health as a Spectrum: Understanding the Impact of Psychological and Psychosocial Wellness in Transgender Populations

Donya Ahmadian*, Jessica Avila*, Trisha Patel*, Sogand Solgi*, Marcos Rocha** American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine A 22 year old transgender man was voluntarily admitted to an inpatient psychiatric unit on 05/04/21 due to increasing anxiety, depression, and … Continue reading PSYCH: Mental Health as a Spectrum: Understanding the Impact of Psychological and Psychosocial Wellness in Transgender Populations