Health

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.

How We Might End Up Eating Organ Donors

Pigs and people, sadly for them and fortunately for us, are anatomically similar in shape and size, which makes them possibly fit to donate organs to humans – a process called “xenotransplantation”. As hazardous as this may sound, modern science is finding ways to make it safe.

The major issue with xenotransplantation is that pigs have viruses (known as “porcine endogenous retroviruses”, or PERVs) “embedded in their own DNA”. When pig and human cells grow alongside, which happens after transplantation, those viruses may get passed across cells and cause diseases such as cancer.

The Last Breath

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Victoria, Katelyn, Mezen, Ariane, Nicolas

 

The beginning of industrialization brought a wave of new technology, as well as a wave of problems no one had anticipated. Climate change has had and continues to have negative effects on human health. In China, people are forced to wear face masks to avoid the air pollution around them. In 2003, Europe, more than 70 000 people died due to an intense heatwave.

The Effects of Climate Change on our Health

Kazuki Gonzalez-Adachi, Samuel Leger and Wallace Lou

Developing 3rd world countries through an Environment-friendly manner

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I lived in Philippines for more than half of my life and the first thing i noticed as soon as i moved here to Canada was how much more cleaner the air and place is. Since developing countries such as Philippines are growing not only in population but also economically, more garbage being thrown and neglected by road sides and canals are inevitable. What could be avoided though, is neglecting road side garbage, improper water and canal management and the protection of the countries' endangered species.

Is Climate Change a Health Issue?

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The article “Reframing Climate Change as a Health Issue”, written by Gary Humphreys, discusses how human activity, climate change and human health are all related. It begins by stating that WHO (World Health Organization) and the UN are researching how the decline in physical activity, climate change, and health are all connected. A couple of their major findings being that one in eight global deaths can be linked to air pollution, and how the change of climate alters the distribution of insects that spread deadly diseases, solidifying the link between the environment and health.

Green the Colour of Our Century

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Picture:Navigating floodwaters brought by Harvey on Tuesday in Houston. CreditDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press

Genetically Modified Salmon Could End Up On Your Plate

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Genetically modified animals are part of science fiction movie, but what happens when it comes real? In May 2016, AquaBounty Technologies, an American company, received the approval for selling genetically modified (GM) salmon in Canada. In fact, these fishes grow twice as fast as normal Atlantic salmon.

Malnutrition is Taking Venezuela Down

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Venezuela is undergoing a dramatic shift that is being caused by the regime of their president, Nicolás Maduro. This crisis of malnutrition is described in an article posted on April 18th 2017, in Americas Quarterly, by Rachelle Krygier. Krygier explains that this time of “scarcity and malnutrition are a direct consequence of [the fall of the Venezuelan economy]”.

Japan: Dangerous Suicide Rate

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In an article published on BBC by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes on July 3rd, 2015, alarming numbers about suicide are listed. In fact, over 2014, more than 25 000 people committed suicide. This means a rate of 70 every day. "Isolation is the number one precursor for depression and suicide," says Wataru Nishida, a psychologist at Tokyo's Temple University. Seeking help for people who need it can be troublesome.