Dhanya Mahesh

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The Twenty-Four Hour Counselor: An Overview of Smartphone Applications to Combat Drug Addiction

The Twenty-Four Hour Counselor: An Overview of Smartphone Applications to Combat Drug Addiction


    The number of alcoholics is increasing steadily: according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 17.6 million people “suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence” (Wilcox, 2015). Despite this, teenagers or adults rarely seek counseling or therapy for their addictions, alcohol or otherwise. The creation sma...

Snorts and Slumber: An Overview of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

Snorts and Slumber: An Overview of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure


    For many of us, the time before we fall asleep is filled with thoughts about the future, reflections upon the day before, or even wild fantasies. For those with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the time before Morpheus’s embrace may be consumed by worries about failing to breathe during the night.     Obstructive Sleep Apne...

Tottering and Technology: An Overview of Vestibular Prosthetics

Tottering and Technology: An Overview of Vestibular Prosthetics


Introduction Rather than extrasensory perception, maintaining posture and balance is what scientists at Johns Hopkins University call the “sixth sense [1].” Not unlike the famous five senses, the absence of this sixth sense can have drastic effects on one’s daily life, as shown by those with impaired vestibular systems. With th...

21st Century Human Limb Regeneration: An Overview

21st Century Human Limb Regeneration: An Overview


    Salamanders and newts have the extraordinary ability to regenerate lost limbs. If a newt’s tail is cut off, epidermal cells will cover the opening, and pattern formation genes (or Hox genes) will allow the proliferating cells at the edge of the wound to reform into the necessary muscle cells, nerve cells, skin cells, etc. (Endo ...

Aphasias and Apple: Alleviating Language Impairments Through Communication Technology

Aphasias and Apple: Alleviating Language Impairments Through Communication Technology


Introduction According to Peggy Orenstein of the New York Times, the slogan of the modern American adult has become “I tweet, therefore I am,” [1] reflecting the far reaching effect of social media on adult lives. Through its wide platform, social media allows for extensive communication and the expression of diverse ideas, thoughts ...