Diseases and Disorders

If We Can Edit Genes from Butterflies, Can We Do the Same With Humans?


The article that I read from News Activist talks about how scientists have been able to change the painting genes from butterflies using the technology of CRISPR. With this, scientists might be able to change the specific patterns in the brain by turning on and off human genes. This is a big revolution in the world of genetics that must be known!

Cigarette: slaying with its third-hand smoke


Cigarettes are more harmful then what we thought and that is already surprising! It’s well known how cigarettes have a poisonous effect in health as the damages it provokes include blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, lungs, heart, and many other organs. Certainly, the number of deaths caused by smoking cigarettes is higher than alcohol in many countries. Though, not only its first-hand smoke kills, its second-hand smoke can be very dangerous causing the same number of diseases. But how is this a new discovery? These effects have been known for a while.

Could the Zika Virus Cure Brain Cancer?


In the past couple of years, the Zika virus made headlines as the world grew more and more concerned about the health effects it could have on us humans.  During that time, the scientific community has been hard at work trying to find an efficient treatment, but the solution to the Zika virus remains a mystery to this day. However, the extensive research on this topic has led to a brand-new discovery: the Zika virus could help cure brain cancer.

The Ultimate Way of Curation is Close to Be Reality?


On September 1st of 2017, the science journalist John Horgan wrote an article for the “Cross-Check” blog on the Scientific American's website. This article is titled “Has the Era of Gene Therapy Finally Arrived?” 

Is there such thing as an alternative to antibiotics?

Bacterial infections are usually prevented and treated with antibiotic. For a very long time, antibiotics were considered to be wonder drugs and were used to cure many diseases. However, there is a major issue with our over usage of antibiotics. The problem is, antibiotics are becoming less and less effective. This is due to the fact that human developed a resistance to it. in Fact, it is the bacteria themselves that developed that resistance. The Theory of Evolution asserts that living things evolve over time. Bacteria naturally adapted to antibiotics through natural selection.

The Effects of Climate Change on our Health

Kazuki Gonzalez-Adachi, Samuel Leger and Wallace Lou

The World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

Written by Shuaib Almosawa, Ben Hubbard and Troy Griggs, the article ‘It’s a Slow Death’: the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis”, published in the New York Times on the 23rd of August 2017, sums up the deadly collateral consequences of a war that seems to be never ending. In Yemen, the war has been lasting since the past two years and a half. The two parties, one led by the Saudi coalition and supported militarily by the Americans, and the other one, the Houthis and their allies, both affirm that they will never give up until the other side does.

Order at our border


We see, since January 2017, a major increase of illegal migrants who cross the border between the United States and Quebec. Where do they come from and why did they choose to come here? Well, most of the migrants are from Haiti and came to the US after the 2010 earthquake. Obama had given them a temporary protected status so they could stay in the country while Haiti was being rebuilt. However, Donald Trump said that he would remove their temporary protected status and expulse the Haitians of the US.

Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency


            The article I chose is about ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency, which is a rare x-linked genetic disorder. Dr. Lisa Sanders talks about it in “What Caused This College Student’s Stomach Pain and Vomiting?” This article jumped out at me because I am interested in learning about genetic disorders, their causes, and diagnosis.


Autism risk in children rises as parental age increases


The past 9 months of my life have been such an educational, eye-opening experience that I will always cherish and remember because of all it has taught me. Back in September, I began my job as a Teacher's Aide in a classroom of 5-7 year olds with various developmental disabilities. One of these disabilities is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism will always hold a special place in my heart because of the bright and amazing kids I've had the pleasure of working with. Because of this, I wanted my article to focus on ASD.