Archive for ‘Health’

June 29, 2019

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Advocates Agreed! But Not For the Same Reasons

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Last week, a woman in the UK was court-ordered to have her unborn baby killed. The woman’s doctors convinced Justice Nathalie Lieven to compel her to have an abortion because of her mental disabilities. The doctors believed that because she has to the mental age of a child, the birth of and care for the baby would be harmful to the woman and to the child. It was believed that the baby might not be cared for and that the mother would be subject to psychological damage in the process of childbirth. The baby’s grandmother, mother of the woman, joined forces with the woman’s social worker and lawyers to make an appeal because they all believed the baby should be born. Internationally, the public was rooting for the woman; it was even a possibility that the US would get involved in protecting the woman and her child. Many are rejoicing, however, because the ruling was overturned

It is significant that here, many on both sides of the abortion argument agreed that this woman should not be forced to have an abortion.

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June 29, 2019

Changing Life’s Course: CRISPR and Gene-Editing Technology

gene-editing-2375732_960_720Numbered are the days where having your “mother’s eyes” or your “father’s nose” are products of a genetic lottery. Since the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), methods to repair, replace, and repurpose life’s genetic code have become increasingly prevalent. Within the last decade, genetic engineering’s small beginnings have erupted into an industry dedicated to the manipulation of genomes. From increased crop yield to improved disease treatment, the applications of genetic engineering reach far and wide, but this Russian biologist wants to make it possible to choose what features you want in your children.

At the forefront of genetic engineering is a technology known as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPR, whose functions could dictate everything before and between birth and burial. Through its widespread applications, CRISPR pushes scientists to set their sights on creating bigger, better solutions. Some scientists, however, have pushed the envelope of genetic editing by tampering with human life. Stories like China’s commitment to creating more gene-edited babies sparks contentious debate about the ethics of genetic editing and invites an obvious question: should gene-editing technologies, specifically CRISPR, be more heavily regulated?

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June 24, 2019

The Benefit of Vaccinations and California’s SB 276

Everyone gets sick. Everyone can get sick. Regardless of your age, sex, nationality, or any other factor that could set you apart from the next person, your human body is susceptible to illness. We can’t control this fact of life, but we can control how we use tools to minimize it. The exercising of the latter is evident in the usage of tools like vaccinations and government authority by the United States’ state of California. In an attempt to maximize immunity to certain diseases that results in illness, California has proposed a bill titled “Senate Bill 276 (SB 276),” which requires children entering school to receive proper immunizations beforehand. There are limited circumstances we as humans have control over, but if we can extend our control over the public’s health by passing this bill, it would be wise to do so.

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June 30, 2018

Plastic Pollution is a Major Problem

I researched plastic pollution to write a paper about how it affects the environment, when I was a freshman in highschool. Then again as a senior in highschool. 5 years later and I’m writing about it again. I realize all the information is the same, yet the situation seems to be getting worse. Plastic pollution continues to grow throughout the entire world, even to places where no humans being have ever been. Plastic does so much damage to our environment, there needs to be more of an effort to fix this crisis. 

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June 29, 2018

The Supreme Court Supports Lying and Deception

close-up-court-courthouse-534204When I see a doctor, I don’t question their character. I go in and I listen to them because they tell you the truth. They give you all the necessary information that you need, and they let you make a decision. They may make recommendations, but ultimately, they give you all of the required information in an unbiased manner and they leave the decision making in your hands. This is how it has been for me, and this is how it certainly should be for pregnant women. Across the United States there are about 2,700 anti-abortion crisis centers. Some of these centers are medically license, and other are not. These centers are religiously motivated places that strongly encourage women to seek all other options besides abortion. There are actually three times as much anti-abortion crisis centers than clinics that provide abortions. These centers are government funded in 14 states. From 2001 to 2006, these centers received about $30 million.These centers have built a reputation for being deceptive and taking advantage of the vulnerability of pregnant women in order to push their political agenda.

In 2015, California passed the Reproductive FACT Act. This act had 2 provisions. First, “The FACT Act requires unlicensed crisis pregnancy centers to post a sign or otherwise disclose to their clients in writing that the center is not a licensed medical facility and has no licensed medical provider who supervises the provision of services.”. The second provision requires licensed centers “to post a sign that says the state provides free or low-cost access to prenatal care, birth control and other reproductive care, including abortions”. This act was recently appealed and upheld unanimously by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court reversed this decision and no longer requires anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to more fully disclose what they are.

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June 27, 2018

Here’s Why We Should Legalize Marijuana

I read an article about a mom who had her cannabis oils confiscated at an airport in the UK, because marijuana is illegal there. However, the purpose of the oils were for her son’s epilepsy. The family has been using the cannabis oils to help calm the natures of the young boy’s seizures. The article says that after having the oils confiscated “he ended up in the hospital after his seizures intensified.” The cannabis oils were later returned on the grounds that this situation was a “medical emergency.” It’s scary to think that without the use of medical marijuana, people in these types of situations don’t have that kind of medication. This is why the use of medical marijuana should be legalized across the US. Don’t you think that if cigarettes are legal, then so should marijuana. Marijuana is illegal, yet is widely known for its health benefits. While cigarettes, which actually deteriorates health is legal. Does that makes sense? No it doesn’t. I believe that all people should have the right to all the types of medication they need. I know a few people who heavily rely on medical marijuana due to pain and mental health. I also have friends who use marijuana to stay away from their addiction to cigarettes and opioids. Knowing this, marijuana should be legal so that people at least have it as a use for medication. It provides many benefits that outweigh the consequences of legalizing it. We need to give a voice to the legalization of marijuana, so that those who are in need of its medicinal properties can have it. 

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June 26, 2018

Trump’s New Title X Takes Away Crucial Funding for Family Planning Organizations

Screen Shot 2018-06-26 at 12.00.52 AMSomething I don’t think some people realize, is how grueling having a baby can be. The changes to your body and hormones, medical complications, medical finances, etc. If you don’t have the support and stability for that, what can you do? Some people say adoption, but just having your body change out of your control, and giving birth is something that isn’t easy to endure. Many people focus on all the positive aspects of having a baby. However, for many women who aren’t ready for that, it’s a nightmare. The fear of getting pregnant at the wrong time is why we also have contraceptives and places like Planned Parenthood. It’s to give us choice of deciding what we want to do. A lot of the funding that supports women and families in need are being threatened. Trump’s revision of Title X will ruin what was created to help people.

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June 25, 2018

Trusting the Science of Vaccinations

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By Eve Berlinsky

When people decide to have children, there are many choices they must make regarding themselves and their children. These can range all the way from what color they should paint the child’s room to which daycare they should place their child in. These choices seem trivial compared to one of the most important decisions a parent must make- whether or not to vaccinate their child. In the past, the answer to this question was always a yes. It seems that only in recent years people have become less accepting of science and medicine.

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June 24, 2018

Amusement and Theme Parks Would Be Wise to Follow in SeaWorld’s Footsteps

Every month I look forward to receiving my monthly copy of National Geographic. The vibrant, striking photos on the cover with their intriguing captions and headlines never cease to capture my attention. This month, when I pulled my copy out of the mailbox, I was immediately struck by the beauty of the iceberg the cover image displayed. It was bright, white, and shimmering in the sunlight, reflecting itself onto the ocean surrounding it. However, upon closer glance, I came to the realization that it was no iceberg at all, but instead, it was a plastic bag partly submerged in the ocean with the headline “Planet or Plastic? 18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”   

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August 9, 2017

Addressing Both Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic

depression-824998_640If there is one thing that every human has in common, it is the fact that we can all feel pain. Recovering from a surgery or getting injured could inflict chronic pain, and when the pain gets unbearable, many people turn to opioid drugs. Opioid drugs, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are meant to treat moderate to severe pain. But with the rise of opioid addiction and abuse in the United States, are these drugs doing us more harm than good?

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August 9, 2017

Michelle Carter Conviction: Can Words Kill?

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On July 13, 2014, Conrad Roy was found dead in a Kmart parking lot. Roy had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. However, after further investigation police found thousands of messages between Roy and his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, discussing suicide plans. In a text days before Roy’s suicide Carter wrote, “I still don’t think you want to do this so you’ll have to prove me wrong…Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself. I don’t know. There’s lots of ways.” Not only were they discussing suicide, but Carter was goading Roy into killing himself which prosecutors focused on.

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August 9, 2017

Trump tweets to target transgenders

people-2575608_640Has tweeting replaced the lawmaking process in the United States? President Donald Trump seems to think so. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted his thoughts about transgender people who serve in the military. He shocked the social media world with his want to stop people who identify as transgender from serving in the U.S military. One of his tweets from his chain of tweets read “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” He also mentioned that he had consulted with his Generals and military experts before making this decision. This tweet surprised the public, but it was actually in response to a current debate on Capitol Hill of whether or not taxpayer money should pay for gender transition and hormone therapy.

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August 9, 2017

Suing the School and Parents of a Cyber Bulling Case: A Step Forward

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual rate of suicides from ten to fourteen year olds has doubled. One of the main reasons for this is Cyber bullying. Cyber bullying happens when, “someone hurts, harasses and threatens another over digital devices and related platforms, such as social media, blogs and text messages.” Children and adults alike have become more susceptible to bullying through the Internet. We often say the freedom of speech gives us the free will to say what we want, even if it means harming other people. How far can one go before harming another individual with words? Should they be punished for this?

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August 8, 2017

Trump’s Ban Against Humans

ID-10047916“We don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.” – Barack Obama

This quote was pulled from a speech by our former President Barack Obama. This portion of the speech focuses on the basis of what America was built on. The US has promised equality and equal opportunity to its citizens for many years. Yet we haven’t been able to achieve such dreams due to the belief of many people, that not everyone deserves equal rights and opportunity because of how they are. Trump expressed this conservative belief on July 26th, 2017 when he decided to informally ban all transgender individuals from serving in the US military with a tweet on his personal Twitter account. This Tweet has been a cause for celebration by conservative parties and a sign of defeat for liberal parties.

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August 8, 2017

Finishing a Full Course of Antibiotics: New Medical Myth Exposed?

pillsAntibiotics are currently used by millions of people all over the world to treat numerous amounts of infections. However, many bacteria are evolving to become resistant to antibiotics. As a result, many common, easily-treatable infections have now become difficult to treat. There is no doubt that the misuse and overuse of antibiotics have given rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but how can we combat this when we need these medications?

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June 28, 2016

Medicinal Marijuana Across The Nation

cannMarijuana has been around for centuries, and states are now coming to the conclusion that this herbal plant has properties that can help ease pain, and other medical conditions. Medical Marijuana is the use of the whole unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat a disease or the symptoms. Medical Marijuana has been seen in many cases to help ease pain without the strong effects of becoming addicted the way other opiates work, and helping decrease many mental aspects to conditions such as depression. There have been recent cases in which Medicinal Marijuana has been more affective then other medications used over time. Although 50% of our country benefits from the use of Medical Marijuana as an alternative to health damaging medications, there is still the other half of our country fighting for these gains. The legalization of Medicinal Marijuana should be nationwide and not only limited to half of our country.

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June 27, 2016

Should Gun Amendments Be Included With Mental Health Care?

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By Jerrisa Ching

Imagine that you are a patient in a mental health hospital. The H.R. 2646 Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act has been implemented recently, so you have open access to numerous mental health services. You decide to take an inpatient service, where a doctor will assist you in medication administration and group therapy programs. But one day, your doctor comes into your room to ask if you own a gun and whether you store a gun correctly. You feel perturbed by these questions, but respond with an honest, ‘No, I don’t own a gun’. The doctor looks doubtful at your response, despite what he suspects from your mental health record.

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August 15, 2015

Re-Victimized for Speaking Out: The Repercussions of Rape

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In a world where Americans try to preach the equality of men and women and the rights that each of us have as citizens, comedian Bill Cosby manipulated his way and lied to the public against accusations from women who claim that he drugged them, and either sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, or raped them. When the first several women came out, the public, including celebrities, appallingly ridiculed them and accused them of being money hungry, fame hungry, or both. Some even had the audacity to ask why these women could not speak up earlier and report it to the police if it was in fact true. Why have they been judged, ridiculed, and victimized for speaking out about their horrendous experiences with the vile comedian, who tried to paint a completely different, wholesome picture of himself to the world? This type of reaction is far too common, especially when the sexual predator is famous or a very prominent person in the community.

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August 15, 2015

Children Having Children

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Ages 9-11 are, according to the CDC, considered “Middle Childhood.” Children might be developing complex friendships, dealing with peer pressue, participating in sports and facing more academic challenges. As middle childhood is approaches, children become more independent and begin to find their footing as they find goals and develop their identities. When I was eleven I was worried about who I would invite to my birthday party, remembering the steps for my ballet recitals, feeding my Neopet, going to a new school, and not much else. Eleven year olds do have a few things to worry about, but having a baby shouldn’t be one of them. Contrary to the notion that young girls should not carry children (as it poses serious health risks and social consequences) it is a sad fact that 2 million births are to girls who are 14 or younger.

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August 15, 2015

TechNOlogy

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By: Maria Goodwin

Compare a personal public bus ride experience with an bus experience your grandparents have had. It’s likely they will tell of fresh conversation and meeting new people. These days, we put plugs in and tune out. Screens surround us – iPods, TVs, cellphones, computers – our lives are enveloped in technology and if often seems there is no escaping it. Millennials  are very attached to technology, but the most in ‘danger’ of a full real-world detachment are the future generations who will grow up completely surrounded by technology. I have watched my little cousins all sit together and not say one word to each while they stare blankly into their bring screens. A moment meant to be spent in community is squandered while emojis are jammed into a text box. As a nanny of six years, what I found most terrifying was the youngest boy being able to work his way around Youtube and iPhone apps, but he could barely form full sentences. Though we’ve made countless important discoveries and have accomplished a great deal thanks to the ever-evolving technological world, the lasting effect it has on our upcoming generations is one I feel could be devastating, especially in a social context.

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