Foundation News

S.C.A.R.F. Students Show Their Research Projects

Updated: Sep 28, 2019

07.23.2019: Isha

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(dont have groupme)


07.22.2019: Jermey

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07.22.2019: Avisha

Avisha’s mini health care presentation was about a 28-year-old female who had palpitations, chest pain, nausea, dizziness for 5-6 minutes, several attacks in the past couple weeks, diaphoretic, occasional diarrhea, and felt like she might die. Everything was within range in her physical exam and vitals. She was ultimately diagnosed with a panic attack. A panic attack is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes.


Avisha’s ethics topic was about the rising controversy of negative claims on the popular review sight Yelp. Reviews that now are surfacing on the internet could make or break a business and could lead to lawsuits and ultimately lead to the closure of a company.


07.19.2019: Amani

(ethics not present)

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(dont have groupme)


07.18.2019: Shalin

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07.18.2019: Rediat

Rediat's ethics topic involved whether Schools have the right to monitor students social media and their school email accounts. In her specific example, a baseball player, Robert, has a large social media following and he tweets/posts various things. He tweets that he’s skipping class. The school then goes through his school email account to find that his tutor has been helping him cheat. Robert is placed on academic probation and his tutor is fired

Rediats healthcare topic involved a 16 y/o male with myalgia, fatigue, sore throat, loss of appetite, and nausea. No vomiting. His Girlfriend had similar symptoms that lasted a few weeks. During his physical exam, he was found having lymphadenopathy and pharyngitis with exudates and petechiae at junction of hard and soft palates. Soft, non-tender abdomen with mild hepatosplenomegaly, maculopapular rash.


07.16.2019: Sritulasi Alokam

Sritulasi's healthcare topic revolved around Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. This is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks normal, healthy tissue. Differential diagnoses were Sarcoidosis and Polymyositis. The final diagnosis was Systemic Lupus Erythematosus due to all of the symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus aligning with her issues.


07.16.2019: Aashna

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07.15.2019: Shravi

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07.15.2019: Riya Shah

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Riya's healthcare topic revolved around menopause. Menopause marks the end of a woman's menstrual cycle and is typically diagnosed after 12 months without a menstrual period. Differential diagnoses were early stages of pregnancy and hyperthyroidism. The final diagnosis was menopause because of her age (she was 50 years old) and her last menstural period being six months ago.


07.12.2019: Nisha

(ethics not present)

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07.12.2019: Mahima

Mahima presented on Cholecystitis, a healthcare condition in which there is inflammation of the gallbladder. Symptoms include pain in right upper quadrant of abdomen, emesis (vomiting), nausea, and pain radiating towards shoulder. These symptoms generally occur after a meal. Some risk factors are diabetes, obesity, and old age. Women are at a greater risk because rates of gallstone are two to three times higher among women than men. Cholecystitis can be diagnosed by a CT scan and abdominal ultrasound. Treatment for cholecystitis depends on its severity.


Mahima's ethics topic revolved around the pros and cons of prenatal diagnosis. Prenatal diagnosis and parental choice has many unique perspectives. In January of 1973, Roe V. Wade ensured the right to women to have safe and legal abortion. Currently, our legislature is re-evaluating Roe V. Wade. In 2015, Ohio legislature makes it illegal to terminate a pregnancy to avoid giving birth to a baby with Down Syndrome. In May of 2019, Alabama legislature bans all abortions in the state except when "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk". Mahima led a discussion pertaining to Ohio and Alabama legislature and whether they had the right to do so.


07.12.2019: Jordyn

(ethics not present)

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07.11.2019: Prachi

Prachi presented on a case study where the patient had ulcerative colitis, which is a chronic bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. The patient had loose, watery, stools that were streaked with blood and mucus. He had abdominal pain and weight loss over the past three weeks. His vitals and physical examinations were normal. Prachi's ethics topic discussed the struggle Bryson, the External Relations Vice President, faced during his term. He began to shift his focus to public relations and assigned his state-level duties to his three-student staff. This discussion explored how ethical it was to place this burden on the staff and how it can be better managed.


07.11.2019: Kyra Nelson

Kyra's healthcare topic was colon cancer. This is a cancer found in the digestive tract, can be treated by chemotherapy. Differential diagnoses were Gl parasite, Hemorrhoids, and Irritable bowel syndrome. The final diagnosis is colon cancer, due to the family history and rectal bleeding. 

Kyra's presented on gestational surrogacy. This is where the mother has no genetic tie to the child. In some cases, the surrogate gets attached, and wishes to keep the child. A discussion was held on if gestational surrogacy is moral.


07.09.2019: Rohit Katakam

Rohit discussed a case study of a patient who suffered from a TIA, also known as a mini stroke. TIA has the same symptoms and causes as a stroke, except the attack itself lasts around 15 minutes. These symptoms include slurred speech, right facial drooping and numbness, and weakness in the right hand. TIA may be a warning sign for a stroke later on.

Rohit’s ethics discussion was based on a case of a worker being fired for substance abuse, and later asking to be reinstated. This topic explored what actions would be ethical in the workplace when someone does something wrong.


07.08.2019: Aneesa Goyal

Aneesa’s healthcare mini topic was focused on AMS, also known as altered mental status. She discussed a patient who recently had surgery, and the physician was called in because of seizures. The main sign she focused on was the patient’s hepatomegaly, which is an enlarged liver, and her final diagnosis was alcohol withdrawal. This affects the mental state of a patient, causing them to feel irritable and anxious, and leads to other physical effects, such as; nausea, sweating, and insomnia.

Aneesa also led a discussion in how physicians should proceed when they encounter a patient who they see is harmed by an ethnically different form of treatment. She also discussed how to go about a way to determine whether the patient is being abused by these practices, or whether the “harm” they see is normal, without alienating the cultural practices of the patient.


07.08.2019: Ananya Parimi

Ananya presented a case study about a 6 year old male that was diagnosed with a hereditary disease called hemophilia, which is a condition where your body isn’t able to produce platelets that help with clotting. Hemophilia could lead to serious internal bleeding and constant bleeding if not treated or caught early.

Ananya also led a discussion about the pro’s and con’s of child immigration and whether the US has a moral obligation to treat all of these unknown scared children coming into the country. Ananya and the other SCARF students discussed potential solutions to this rising epidemic and many new ideas were brought to the table.


07.05.2019: Elizabeth Chong

Elizabeth discussed the blurring of private and public opinion through twitter. She led a discussion pertaining to Rashard Mendenhall's tweets against celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden and whether his sponsor, Champion, had the right to drop him after the fact.

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07.05.2019: Sanya Goyal

Sanya presented a case on a cough and shortness of breath. The diagnosis for the patient was a pulmonary embolism. She talked about how the patient’s symptoms were so similar to the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, and about the treatment options for the health issue.

Sanya discussed social media struggles with teenage students in school. She made a discussion about how social media posts can affect a student’s professionalism, and how it can damage their reputation. The discussion included how a student was conflicted about exposing his friend who was seen acting inappropriately in a video on the internet.


07.02.2019: Rushang Mittal

Rushang's mini topic dealt with a patient suffering from malignant hypertension. Malignant hypertension is characterized by extremely high blood pressure (180/120 or greater). If left untreated, malignant hypertension can result in organ damage.

Rushang's healthcare topic dealt with the ethics of determining the best candidate for a heart transplant. Rushang led a discussion dealing with whether those who continue to practice unhealthy habits such as smoking and eating poorly should be prioritized over other patients who practice healthier habits due to them being on the waiting list longer.


07.02.2019: Jatan Anand

Jatan presented a case about a patient who was experiencing severe anterior chest pain that radiated to the back.  The patient also had unequal BP and pulse on each arm, and a history of long-standing hypertension.  Based on the signs and symptoms, he diagnosed the patient with an Aortic Dissection, which occurs when an inner layer of the aorta tears, and blood surges through. Jatan then led a discussion about Apple's suppliers and questionable labor practices.  Child labor, consumer memory of unethical corporations, how should Apple go about changing their practices in third world countries, etc. were all discussed from different view points. 


07.01.2019: Nikhith Rao

(not sure what the final diagnosis is)

Nikith's ethics presentation discussed vaccine shortages and fair methods for distributing vaccinations. During the discussion, Nikith led a conversation discussing the merits of both first come first serve as a distribution method and a lottery system as a method of distribution for vaccines. The group also discussed the role medical necessity should play with vaccine distribution.

07.01.2019: Rohan Shah

Rohan presented a case study where the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer, which can be a very critical condition for patients and affects thousands of people. Pancreatic cancer is most dangerous if it metastasizes, which cancers often do. Metastasis was a topic Rohan talked about, and is when a cancer spreads to other areas of the body.

Rohan's ethics topic discussed the practice tech companies often use to get access to individuals' private information. Companies like Facebook use cookies to access users' information to provide data to advertisers, and this practice is often called into question, leading to an important discussion about privacy rights in the technological world.


06.27.2019: Avi Anand

Avi's ethics presentation discussed the role of parents when deciding college education and career choices. (details of ethics presentation not given)


Avi's mini-topic presentation discussed the neurological disease, Alzheimers. Alzheimers is a irreversible brain disorder which slowly destroys a person's mental capability to the point where a person can't even perform basic tasks.


06.27.2019: Grace Cotteleer