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Akhila Satish
Akhila Satish (@akhilasatish) is the CEO and founder of CyberDoctor, a health care communications company. She is a scientist by training and previously worked in life sciences research at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Michigan. Her published work includes papers in Nature and Human Genomics. Akhila received her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience with honors from the University of Michigan and her graduate degree in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Entries by Akhila Satish

A Common Community

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 12:24 PM

In the midst of political and national news, a quiet debate is simmering that impacts millions of Americans who may at some point take part in clinical research. These Americans will interact with a little known piece of legislation known as the Common Law. Based on the Belmont...

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The Movember Movement for Men's Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:51 AM

You may have noticed a unique phenomenon this month- thousands of men all over the United States and the world grew mustaches in an effort to raise awareness and funding for men's health. The witty slogan from the Movember foundation suggests that the idea is to "change the...

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Why I'm Kicking My Diet Coke Can to the Curb

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:54 PM

If the story of diet-soda consumption had a tagline, it might be "The best intentions can result in unintended consequences." Diet soda was created to fill a gap in the market for diabetics seeking sugar-free drinks, and it was also an opportunity to satisfy the soda cravings of people trying...

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The Aftermath of the Ice Bucket Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:40 PM

As a public health advocate, I was ecstatic to watch the "Ice Bucket Challenge" social media campaign raise for ALS. Over the past two and half weeks, the ALS Association earned over 13 million dollars in donations. Last year, during the same period, the ALS raised a paltry $1.7 million...

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Lost in Monty Hall: The Risk Within Statistics

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:58 PM

My favorite statistics brainteaser is the Monty Hall problem. The setup is that a game show host asks you to stand in front of one of three doors. Behind one of the three doors is a prize. After you choose a door, he opens one of the two remaining doors...

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The Women Who Have It All

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 10:37 AM

There are a thousand seemingly obvious contradictions we throw at girls and women every day. We ask our daughters to shatter glass ceilings and dream big in the same breath that we caution them to be polite and respectful and not too aggressive. We fill their lives with princesses and...

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Immortal Mice and Men

(6) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 8:24 PM

My inner biology geek was thrilled with the recent "vampire mice" studies that hit mainstream media last week. There were three studies that together formulated the content behind the attention-grabbing headlines "Young Blood Restores Old Mice" and "Could Young Blood Be the Fountain of Youth?"


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Extreme Screen Time: The New Normal at What Cost?

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 9:47 AM

I watched, mesmerized, as the woman next to me kept tapping and flicking her fingers over the iPad screen. In her mid-forties, she was as glued to the bright colors and animations on the screen as her two young kids sandwiched next to her, tapping away on their own tablets....

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You Won't Click Past The Headline -- But You Should

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:10 PM

The past two weeks, I have argued that the headlines of mainstream media stories on science are misleading the public and doing science a disservice. In my critique, I have often wondered if people are only reading the headlines, reading the headline and the content or are trying to find...

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Lost The Bracket Challenge? Don't Lose Sleep!

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:52 AM

As every basketball fan knows, there was only room this week for news of upsets, overtime games, and three pointers. One set of headlines, however, caught my eye. "Shift workers beware: Sleep loss may cause brain damage, new research says" , "Lost sleep leads to...

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An Advancement and Missed Opportunity for Alzheimer's

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Last week a paper was published in Nature Medicine that drew significant media buzz. The paper was titled "Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults." You may know it better by the headlines "New blood test for Alzheimer's disease" or "Alzheimer's can...

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