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By Niharika Vattikonda
Once the temperatures reach the single digits, and sometimes even the teens, frostbite can begin to occur. Frostbite occurs when the body constricts blood vessels near the skin’s surface to keep internal organs warmer. While blood vessels switch between constricting and widening to keep extremities warm, after the temperature is too cold, the blood vessels near the skin’s surface stop widening. At this temperature, ice crystals can form in the skin tissue and cause cell damage that cannot be repaired without increased blood flow. Although the times for it to occur depend on the wind chill, which is based on the speed of the wind and the temperature. In sub-zero temperatures, as seen below, frostbite can occur due to cell death within even half an hour of exposure, while wet weather reduces the time needed for frostbite yet still occurs drastically.
By Prerana Chatty, Medical Student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
About a year ago, I experienced what I now believe was my first physical (and emotional) breakdown. I was beginning my senior year of college and was in the thick of the medical school application process. I wasn’t eating right, I never exercised, I barely got enough sleep, and I didn’t have time to process it, but I was always stressed. I developed a severe pain in my left shoulder, then an abdominal pain, then headaches, so on and so forth. Failing to realize that my body’s “breakdown” was a result of my poor self-care, I fell victim to another demon – illness anxiety.
By Prerana Chatty
I went through most of today like any other medical student – in a massive rush. I had ten thousand things to do and knew that with the time I had, not everything would get done. Ignoring my throbbing headache and stuffy nose, I rushed around from class to meetings back to class back to meetings. When asked “how are you,” I answered with my proverbial, “I’m good! How are you?” and a cheery smile. I didn’t know how to be anything other than “fine.”
By Sadaf Atarod
Disclaimer: views expressed herein are those of Dr. Ken Fan and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author, the editorial staff, or The Scientista Foundation.
Alternative methods of education have always appealed to me. Educational approaches such as the Steiner/Waldorf model are designed to nurture children’s creativity, promoting development both in terms of intellect and art. Likewise, from personal experience and observation, academic focused clubs or groups during the school years can boost students’ confidence, as well as help them to realize their interests, and potentials. Thus, I felt very fortunate to meet with Dr. Ken Fan, the President and Founder of Girl’s Angle, at one of his Math Club for Girls events, which is hosted once per week at MIT’s Broad Institute.
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