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What happens during a seizure?

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Written by Eduard H. Valdés Valderrama, a student at the School of Medicine of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. 

Imagine that you are doing something routine, like walking back to the dining table after getting a glass of water from the fridge.  Now imagine that a strange feeling overcomes you and you feel as if something bad is about to happen.  Suddenly you feel a strange stomach pain that creeps along with a dizziness that stops you in your tracks. No matter how much you want and try to keep moving and back to your chair, you can’t, and everything goes dark, as if you were falling into deep sleep.

Anecdote: the "Puerto Rico Social" and promoting careers in science

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As part of the 10th-anniversary celebration of Ciencia Puerto Rico, we have been collecting anecdotes from our volunteers to celebrate them and the work they do. We also want to share with you the team's vision for CienciaPR.

Today we will share the story of Marla S. Rivera-Oliver from Arecibo.  She has been a volunteer with CienciaPR for a year and a half.

- How did you hear about CienciaPR?  

I've always been aware of science in Puerto Rico. During an internet search, I discovered CienciaPR back when it was just starting.  I created my account then and I have been aware of all the news that have been published since.

DR. JOSÉ L. CRUZ IS APPOINTED LEHMAN COLLEGE’S THIRD PRESIDENT

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The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today appointed Dr. José L. Cruz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton, and a frequent speaker and writer on higher education issues, as the third president of Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx. Chancellor James B. Milliken recommended Cruz’s appointment following a nationwide search.

Tara Mandalaywala-Ocasio: I am Borinqueña and a Comparative Psychologist

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Dr. Tara Mandalaywala-Ocasio grew up in a multicultural home full of science that is reflected in her multidisciplinary research on human cognition. From her office at New York University, this accomplished scientist tells us why she has attended scientific meetings since she was in diapers, about her adventures with the monkeys of Cayo Santiago, and what challenges and opportunities she has faced as a Borinqueña blazing a traii in science. 

Tell me a little about your personal history, where were you born and raised?

Strokes: Recent research advances for future treatments

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A stroke is a cerebrovascular incident in which there is a lack of oxygen being supplied to the brain. There are local ischemic strokes, where a clot blocks a blood vessel and hemorrhagic strokes, which occur due to the rupture of a blood vessel.1 Although local ischemic attacks are more prevalent (85% of cases) both cause massive neuronal death in the affected area, called the core, and less extensive neuronal death in adjacent areas, called the penumbra.

Puerto Rican student will be part of intensive program of Singularity University in Silicon Valley

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San Juan, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTR) presented the winner of the first local edition of the international competition Global Impact of the Singularity University. Simara López Laboy, a 22 years old Biochemistry doctoral student was the winner of three finalists selected by local judges and representatives of the prestigious institution located in Silicon Valley, California.
 

Efforts to develop a vaccine against HIV in Puerto Rico

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Even before its discovery in the mid-80s, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was already responsible for one of the most devastating pandemics in the history of humankind. Since then there have been significant advances, ranging from the approval by the FDA ("Food and Drug Administration") of the first antiretroviral drug, zidovudine (AZT) in 19871; to the launch in 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the recommendation that all HIV-infected individuals should receive antiretroviral therapy immediately after being diagnosed.2  

What is the Zika virus?

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By Natalia Rodríguez Jockovich.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is known to circulate in tropical climates and has caused disease outbreaks in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and most recently in the Americas. The symptoms of Zika are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya, diseases spread through the same mosquitoes that transmit Zika, and usually include low fever or rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, appearing a few days after a person has been infected by an infected mosquito or after sexual intercourse with an infected person. Zika is generally a mild disease and most people with the virus will not even experience symptoms.

Puertorrican receives important national award

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AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) and General Electric (GE Healthcare) have selected Carlos Villafañe as the biomedical equipment technician (BMET) of the year. He will receive this award on June 4, 2016 during the 2016 AAMI Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida.

For more information, please visit the spanish version of this site.  

 

Raising awareness of skin cancer and how to protect ourselves

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We live on a tropical island where it’s summer year around. We go to the beach in December and in July. When we go to the beach or play sports outdoors, we are aware that we are exposed to sunlight. But there are times when we are exposed to sunlight and are not always aware of it. For example, when we drive, work in the garden and every time we go out, especially at midday, between 10 am-3pm, we are exposed to sunlight too. Therefore,it is important that you educate yourself about the most common type of cancer, skin cancer, which is one of the most important consequences of exposure to sunlight.

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El Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical presenta el Atlas del Bosque Nacional El Yunque

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Maricelis Rivera Santos

El proyecto colaborativo contiene más de 30 mapas y 57 estudios científicos

San Juan, P.R. (Martes, 5 de junio de 2018) — El Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical (IITF, por sus siglas en inglés), adscrito al Servicio Forestal federal, presentó hoy el Atlas del Bosque Nacional El Yunque que contiene información, datos científicos y mapas de este importante hábitat natural de Puerto Rico, informó el director Dr. Ariel Lugo.

FoCo Speaks Ciencia! to give Latina scientists a platform for personal stories

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FoCo Speaks Ciencia, a night of culture infusion, art and science is happening Friday, April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Courtesy of 500 Women Scientists)

Latina women are underrepresented in the science community.

Despite Devastation, They—and Their Science—Go On

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, five students from the University of Puerto Rico continued their research at a national laboratory 1,600 miles to the north—thanks to Brookhaven Lab's Office of Educational Programs, mentors, and a scholarship fund created in honor of a late Brookhaven biologist

Agricultores y agrónomos se capacitan para manejar eficientemente el recurso agua y enfrentar eventos climáticos extremos

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Maricelis Rivera Santos

(Viernes, 2 de marzo de 2018) Toa Alta— Agricultores y agrónomos participan de una serie de talleres organizados por el Centro Climático del Caribe del Departamento de Agricultura federal (USDA) y la Oficina del Bosque Modelo de Puerto Rico (OBMPR), con el fin de fortalecer la capacidad de enfrentar los efectos del cambio climático.