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6 years ago
After multiple research studies by scientists and researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, hope has been given to bald men and femalebald men and female. But this hope may be just that: hope. One part of the solution has been solved and the other part still remains a mystery. One of the researchers stated "When a person loses hair, they lose both types of cells. We have solved one major problem, the epithelial component of the hair follicle. We need to figure out a way to a...
6 years ago
One of the most common ailments in newborn babies is whooping cough. Most newborns will be admitted to the hospital at some point in their infancy as a result of this ailment. Though rare, whooping cough can be fatal when it is extremely severe. In an effort to ensure their newborn babies stay clear of whooping cough, women are advised to receive vaccination when they are 28-38 weeks into their pregnancy. Vaccination during pregnancy usually means newborn babies are protected from whooping cough during their first few weeks on earth. This
6 years ago
Smoking is one of the most difficult addictions to break. Scientists estimate that cigarettes are more addictive than cocaine, heroin, or alcohol. There have been attempts to combat smoking, especially in young people, through e-cigarettes and even that come with its share of problems. According this article, smoking kills more people than any disease in the world and affects memory. All these bad effects to smoking, it still amazes me why people choose t...
6 years ago
Obesity is a very serious health issue and can even cause death. According to this article, scientists have concluded that obese people are at an increased risk of cancer. As expected, obese people have high cholesterol, among other effects, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Obesity also affects mobility and ease of movement, which as you gets older, increases the risks of complications and falling. Researchers looked at 80,000 patients in 70 early breast cancer trials and analyzed...
6 years ago
We all know laughter is a great thing but there is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight diseases. Our brains can make us healthier and happier through laughter. According to this article, researchers at Loma Linda University measured the brain activity of 31 individuals when they watched a funny video and again when they watched a stressful video. They also measured activity in nine parts of the brain. The researchers then concluded that when individuals were watching the fun...
6 years ago
Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells divide without control and have the ability to invade other tissues. There are over 100 types of cancers and it can affect any part of the human body. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States behind heart disease. It accounts for nearly one in four deaths. One of the most common is bladder cancer. More than 70,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with bladder cancer. Bladder cancer often begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. Though it can occur at any age, it is more common and most likely to happen to...
6 years ago
A recently conducted study by researchers at several UK universities found that increasing obesity rate in adolescent girls corresponds to their low academic attainment levels throughout their teenage years. The outcome of the study demonstrates that girls who were considered obese according to their body mass index at the age of 11 displayed lower academic ratings at ages 11, 13 and 16 in comparison to those deemed not obese. When the same study was conducted with boys, associations between obesity and academic attain...
6 years ago
I am coming to the end of my life in high school. In retrospect, I am very proud of the many things I was able to accomplish. I started high school soon as I arrived from Ghana and took me quite a long time to become acclimated to life in high school, and America. Overall, high school has been a bittersweet experience and it has prepared me well for the personal, social and educational challenges that surely awaits in college. I am still deciding which college to attend for the fall. Fortunately, I am being recruited to play collegiate soccer by several public and private institutions. One ...
6 years ago
One of the most enduring health issues in America remains obesity, especially among young people. As a result, there have been countless studies and researches over the years about the total number of young Americans affected by obesity. Seventeen percent of Americans, aged 2-19, are affected by obesity, a 5% increase from the 1970s. However, as this NY Times article highlights, some of these studies have been questioned, especially in terms of methodology, though both paint...
6 years ago
It seems the time has come for the public to call a “truce” in the war on drugs. An increasingly amount of Americans are beginning to express positive views on prison sentences for non-violent drug crimes. According to a 2012 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 24 million Americans, about 9.2% of the population, reported unlawful uses of drugs. These numbers have risen by .9% in the last ten years. Additionally, the number of individuals who reported using...