Priya Bhattacharjee

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priya_bhattacharjee@berkeley.edu

Priya is a senior studying Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in medical devices and computational bioengineering. In her free time, she enjoys writing, painting, and watching movies.

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With the rise in incidence of the Zika virus in recent months, another rare disease has also come to the public’s attention. So far in the US, there have been two cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome linked to the Zika virus. Guillain-Barre syndrome is an extremely rare autoimmune disorder of the nervous system that can lead to paralysis … Read More

Most people take breathing for granted. After all, it is a natural, involuntary process regulated silently by the brain stem. But for individuals suffering from asthma, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath becomes a scary reality. As a chronic disease of the respiratory system, asthma can cause swelling, inflammation, and narrowing of the airways, making it harder to breathe. … Read More

The kidneys are perhaps the most complex and functionally important organs in the body. However, in chronic kidney disease, the kidneys begin to lose these functions, leading to devastating effects on the body. The kidneys are made up of units called nephrons. Each nephron has a complex architecture meant to help the kidneys achieve their main … Read More

Nothing ruins the gratification of clearing your bowels more than the unpleasant and painful hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids, a medical condition also known as piles, often causes bleeding from the anus or lower rectum as a result of swollen and inflamed veins in the area. Hemorrhoids often heal themselves, but the pain can be addressed by taking … Read More

Summertime usually means time to cool off at the beach or the pool. But after a relaxing day in the water, make sure to dry off and bring a change of clean clothes lest your fun in the sun turns into some summertime sadness. A combination of the chlorinated water in swimming pools, the tighter, less breathable … Read More

In recent times, a movement against vaccinations has slowly developed. Parents argue that vaccines cause severe side effects and potentially autism spectrum disorders. However, the scientific community defends vaccines since no concrete studies back the claims of the critics. In addition, rejecting vaccines result in dangerous consequences. One particular disease that all adolescents should be vaccinated against is meningococcal disease. … Read More

Auditory perception, or hearing, is an amazing phenomenon. From listening to your favorite band live in concert to hearing a baby’s first words, your ears help you to fully experience incredible life events. The ear consists of several important structures that work together to convert noise signals from the environment into electrical signals that the … Read More

Chipotle has enjoyed a favorite place in popular culture for its fresh ingredients, great taste, and guac. But this favorite fast food chain has been facing allegations of a norovirus outbreak in the past few months. Even as recently as this month, a school in Charlotte, NC closed down as a result of massive outbreaks of norovirus amongst students. … Read More

Every day, your body fights off infections and diseases tirelessly. Incorporating antioxidants into our diets can support our body’s protective defenses. Antioxidants are substances that can prevent specific types of cell damage. In particular, they provide protection against damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals encompass a class of molecules that are considered harmful to the body … Read More

After a doctor’s visit, your physician often orders some labs to be done. After valiantly braving the needle and plastering on a Spongebob band-aid, do you ever wonder what happens to the tube of blood the phlebotomist has carefully labeled? How does it translate into useful information that you and your doctor can understand? Let’s … Read More

We all know the feeling. Everything is going fine when all of a sudden, a dull aching pain begins at the temples and spreads throughout your head. Tired and fatigued from the pain, you feel unmotivated to work, and just want to go home and take a nap. Headaches are one of the most common … Read More

Do you drool in your sleep? Does your mouth water at the scent of freshly baked cookies? This is because of the production of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is more than 99% water. The remaining composition of saliva includes enzymes, proteins, and electrolytes. The enzymes in saliva, specifically amylase, help to break down the … Read More

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), is a condition related to an imbalance in female hormones. It is also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome. The name PCOS comes from a common symptom that’s required for proper diagnosis: the growth of cysts on the surface of the ovaries, the female sex organs. Cysts are growths of tissue that can sometimes … Read More

One ominous day, in a vein deep inside the leg of the human body, a clot, or thrombus, begins to form. As it grows in size and diameter, it breaks off, escaping into the flow of peripheral blood stream. Pushed by the lub-dub of the heart, the clot reaches the lungs and enters the pulmonary … Read More

Imagine if a dormant virus were secretly infecting the entire world. The virus doesn’t cause symptoms, but lies waiting in the body for the rest of the individual’s life. There is no cure. One day, every individual in the world might be infected. While it sounds like a badly written sci-fi plot, this situation is … Read More

Fall will soon be upon us, and with it comes signature autumnal fashion. Boots! Scarves! Chunky sweaters! Surgical masks! Wait, what? With flu season just around the corner, don’t be surprised to see your fellow humans bust out surgical masks as their newest style statement. But how much of an impact do surgical masks actually … Read More

Allergies are caused by reactions of the immune system to elements called allergens. The body treats these allergens as foreign objects and activates the immune system to help protect the body against their potential attack. In particular, the immune system produces the IgE antibody when it encounters antigens. After the first exposure to an antigen, … Read More

All the parenting advice floating around can easily take all the excitement out of a pregnancy. It can seem like everyone, from other parents to the almighty mother-in-law to the yoga instructor, has something to say about what to do and what not to do as an expecting mom. But, here are some common do’s and … Read More

Our voices are such a normal part of our daily lives. From singing off-tune in the shower, to yelling at each other across the street, to whispering a secret to a friend, we use our voices in so many different ways. But biologically speaking, have you ever wondered how our voices actually work? There are … Read More

Our eyes are one of the most complex organs in the body. Our vision relies primarily on our eyes’ ability to detect light using the retina, a thin tissue layer located at the back of our eyes. In patients with lattice degeneration, this tissue begins weakening at the outer edges, and leads to tears in the retina, called atrophic holes. This … Read More

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