I apologize for not posting for a long time, but school has been crazy busy.  However, I decided I would take a break from studying and write about one of the most talented men I have been lucky to see twice in my life.  That man is the incredible John Mayer.  Unfortunately yesterday he announced on his tumblr ( http://jhnmyr.tumblr.com/) that he will have to take an indefinite break from singing because his granuloma came back.  So, I decided that I would explain what granuloma is so that all his fans would truly understand what it is.    
What it is: It is a benign growth that occurs in the back portion of the vocal cords on the vocal process
What causes it: Irritation or trauma to the vocal cords, which can be caused when the vocal folds come together.
Symptoms: The symptoms can be pain, being hoarse, and breaks in the voice.
Treatments:  Surgery is a quick fix and is not the best treatment option because the granuloma can come back, as in John’s case.  Therefore, the best option is to have vocal rest and vocal therapy to learn how to properly use one’s vocal cords.  
All in all this is a horrible thing and all I can say is get better John because we all love you and your music!
If you have any comments or questions please feel free to let me know.
xoxo,
Rachael

I apologize for not posting for a long time, but school has been crazy busy.  However, I decided I would take a break from studying and write about one of the most talented men I have been lucky to see twice in my life.  That man is the incredible John Mayer.  Unfortunately yesterday he announced on his tumblr ( http://jhnmyr.tumblr.com/) that he will have to take an indefinite break from singing because his granuloma came back.  So, I decided that I would explain what granuloma is so that all his fans would truly understand what it is.    

What it is: It is a benign growth that occurs in the back portion of the vocal cords on the vocal process

What causes it: Irritation or trauma to the vocal cords, which can be caused when the vocal folds come together.

Symptoms: The symptoms can be pain, being hoarse, and breaks in the voice.

Treatments:  Surgery is a quick fix and is not the best treatment option because the granuloma can come back, as in John’s case.  Therefore, the best option is to have vocal rest and vocal therapy to learn how to properly use one’s vocal cords.  

All in all this is a horrible thing and all I can say is get better John because we all love you and your music!

If you have any comments or questions please feel free to let me know.

xoxo,

Rachael

Yet another song for my precious little blog!  I know I’ve been more singing than scientist lately, but I will post some cool science things soon!  Since school has started I’ve been learning lots, researching lots, and seeing lots.  But, for now please enjoy this song I sang with Aaron Gerston and let me know what you think!

xo,

Rachael

I apologize for the long lag between posts, I’ve been crazed with school but I finally had time to sit down and record stuff.  I have found some awesome new friends that I can jam with and we came up with a little something the other night.  This is a preview of us jamming to Adele’s “Someone Like You.”  Aaron Gerston and John Doty are on guitar, and also John is doing harmonies later in the song.  Hope you enjoy our jam!  Please comment either on here or on the youtube video!  I have some more fun science stuff to post and I may talk about some of my experiences in the cadaver lab this week!  Yay!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Rachael

It’s time for some knowledge on how to pick up a science nerd, or basically what not to do.  As you can see in the picture above my roommate proposing to me with a medical physiology book does not work (it’s a joke obviously).  However, hopefully these will make you laugh and think twice about some of the pick up lines that you use to pick up a scientist.  

Science Pick Up Lines:

  • You are the ethyl to my methyl (I actually secretly used this once, didn’t work so well for me)
  • If I were an enzyme, I’d be DNA helicase so I could unzip your genes (haha get it!)
  • You’re so hot, you denature my proteins (even my teacher liked this one)
  • Hey baby, will a little more alcohol catalyze this reaction? (so bad and kinda illegal, a definite no)
  • You’re like telophase, I admire your cleavage (So wrong, this will never work—> also refer to picture above to better understand)
  • Whenever I am near you, I undergo anaerobic respiration because you take my breath away (cute because you run out of oxygen in anaerobic respiration, insert audience aww here)
  • Baby, everytime i see you, my cardiovascular system gets all worked up (hearts, too cliche)

Hope you learned awesome new science phrases that you will never use on a science nerd, unless it is for fun.  If you have any questions on these different biology and chemistry things let me know!! A new song is coming in the next day or so!!  

XO,

Rachael

Sometimes I think I have narcolepsy since I love taking naps so darn much. But what is narcolepsy you may ask. Well you are in luck because narcolepsy is the disease of the day.  So here is a quick and cool lesson about the fascinating disease of narcolepsy. What: According to PubMed Health “Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness and frequent daytime sleep attacks.” (shoot this sounds like me already)Why: It can be caused by a variety of different reasons including a lack of hypocretin protein in the brain or by having an autoimmune disorder(aka body attacks healthy cells which is no bueno mi amigos).Symptoms (just in case you are like me and think that once you read about a disease you have it): Sleepiness during the day and a yearning to take a nap which lasts 15 min (shoot had it and did that today-aka I’m now dying),  dream like hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and the scariest is suddenly losing muscle tone and not moving (phew don’t have that). Treatment: None :( but lifestyle changes may helpAnd that is a brief summary of narcolepsy a very fun disease. In case you want more info here is where a found my info: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001805/
More interesting things to come, including some more singing videos. Xo,RachaelP.S. The picture above is me in my awesome snuggie showing my time with narcolepsy :)

Sometimes I think I have narcolepsy since I love taking naps so darn much. But what is narcolepsy you may ask. Well you are in luck because narcolepsy is the disease of the day.  So here is a quick and cool lesson about the fascinating disease of narcolepsy. 

What: According to PubMed Health “Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness and frequent daytime sleep attacks.” (shoot this sounds like me already)
Why: It can be caused by a variety of different reasons including a lack of hypocretin protein in the brain or by having an autoimmune disorder(aka body attacks healthy cells which is no bueno mi amigos).
Symptoms (just in case you are like me and think that once you read about a disease you have it): Sleepiness during the day and a yearning to take a nap which lasts 15 min (shoot had it and did that today-aka I’m now dying),  dream like hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and the scariest is suddenly losing muscle tone and not moving (phew don’t have that). 
Treatment: None :( but lifestyle changes may help

And that is a brief summary of narcolepsy a very fun disease. In case you want more info here is where a found my info: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001805/

More interesting things to come, including some more singing videos. 

Xo,
Rachael

P.S. The picture above is me in my awesome snuggie showing my time with narcolepsy :)

As promised here is a piece of my own artistry. Let me know what you think and what you want to hear next. :) Xo, Rachael

Who am I and Why Am I Doing This?

It is now a new year, and I have decided to create a new and improved version of myself.  Therefore, I have decided to create this blog in order to share both my talents and my love of medicine and science, and also because my Glamour magazine horoscope told me :)

So who is this singing scientist?

Well, first off I love science and my future goal is to become a doctor and save tons of people.  I am currently doing research in pancreatic cancer and what I have found may one day be a cure, which is truly exciting.  I also get to scrub in on surgeries (not performing them but watching) which I find fascinating and I hope to share some of those experiences here.  

But besides being an uber nerd, I also love to sing and occasionally accompany myself on the piano.  It sometimes comes as a shock to people that I actually sing because I don’t share this passion as much now as I did when I was younger.  However, I want to share both of my loves now and I one day hope to include both of them in my professional life.  

My hope with this is that people will not only get to hear my singing and know me more as an artist, but to also know a little bit more about science and how passionate I am about medicine.  I feel as though people in both these professions don’t cross over all the time and I want to break that mold.  So enjoy my posts which will contain some awesome scientific breakthrough, a disease I just learned about, a surgery I just saw, or some footage of me singing and even sharing some performers I love.  So feel free to comment, share links, and ask me any questions!

xo,

Rachael