Current Event Summaries by Disha P.

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  1. Disha Patel says:

    Bibliographic Information
    Title of Article: Proposal to open up rhino horn trade rejected
    URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/08/rhino-horn-trade-proposal-cites/
    Author: Rachel Fobar
    Website: National Geographic
    Published: August 25, 2019

    Summary
    This article details information on conservational efforts toward rhinos and legal international trade in rhino horn. It discusses the different conferences regarding this topic. For example, during a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, parties proposed loosening restrictions on rhino horn trade and voted in favor of decreasing protections for southern white rhinos. However, other parties rejected the idea of legal international trade in rhino horns, as rhino populations are severely endangered and legalizing rhino horn trade would prove to be detrimental to remaining rhino populations. At the end of the conference, the parties agreed to the idea of decreasing legal international of rhino horns and protect the remaining of the rhino population. An average of about 3 rhinos are poached every day, mainly for their horns. These horns reach an approximate value of 9.9 million dollars. Using this money, conservational efforts toward rhinos could be helped. In conclusion, there are several steps being taken to increase the population of rhinos, but issues on poaching, trade, and illegal markets are still pervasive to this day.

    Reflection
    This scientific content of this article has not been discussed in class. Biology is essentially the study of life and living organisms. Reading about the endangerment of rhinos helped me understand why humans commit certain deeds. I enjoyed learning about why rhinos are endangered and why they are being hunted. This article sparked an interest to help suffering animals. Honestly, I did not like the way this article was organized. I felt as though the information was splayed out. However, I was able to understand and grasp the central idea after two or three times of reading the passage. I do not have previous experience with this topic or something similar. That is why I chose to read it.

  2. Disha Patel says:

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    Title of Article: Florida’s Panthers Hit With Mysterious Crippling Disorder
    URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/science/florida-panther-crippled-video.html
    Author: Joshua Sokol
    Website: New York Times
    Published: August 20, 2019

    Summary
    This article details information on a possible neurological disorder panthers may be suffering from. State officials in different countries have identified eight endangered panthers and one bobcat limping and/or showing signs of nerve damage. Several videos have been filmed, showcasing panther kittens stumbling and failing to keep up with the mother panther. Officials are researching and increasing monitoring efforts to determine the reason as to why these panthers are exhibiting such symptoms, even though the numbers are relatively few. Fortunately, agencies have deployed multiple cameras, to capture any more cases, and have consulted with different experts to determine the reason behind this neurological deficiency. It has been observed that this issue amongst panthers is confined to three or more countries and has only been shown in a few numbers. Although this may be true, the disorder may spread to other animals and it is vital that a solution is posed and these panthers are restored to health.

    Reflection
    The scientific content of this article has not been discussed in class. However, it discusses the latest difficult being dealt with amongst panthers. I believe it is crucial to understand this issue and help in any way possible, so that a solution can be quickly implemented. I believe it is of utmost importance to quickly implement a solution, as panther populations are endangered and recovery will be delayed due to this disorder. Panthers are vital to the ecosystem and this disorder could pose a threat to already endangered populations. The reason that I am reading this article is because I am interested in reading about what exactly this neurological defect is.

  3. Disha Patel says:

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    Title of Article: Hundreds of wild parrots are thriving in this Brazilian city
    URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/09/macaws-parrots-brazil-urban-wildlife/
    Author: Miguel Conde
    Website: National Geographic
    Published: September 6, 2019

    Summary
    This article details information on the lives of macaws in Campo Grande, Brazil. Around 700 parrots have adapted to city life and take refuge in trees, gardens, and nearby homes. Due to deforestation, illegal poaching, and droughts, these macaws have found a favorable environment in the city of Campo Grande. Fortunately, residents of the Campo Grande region are on good terms with these birds. However, macaws encounter multiple forms of urban danger, such as getting hit by cars and getting entangled in power lines. Even though smuggling and illegal poaching has significantly decreased, it is still a major concern for the restoration of these endangered birds. It is essential that residents of Campo Grande are aware of the issues threatening the survival of these birds and strive to discover a solution to help the restoration of these colorful birds.

    Reflection
    The scientific content of this article has not been discussed in class.I was interested in reading about the different characteristics of macaws and why exactly they are endangered. This article was not as interesting as I thought it would be. The author should have included information on the populations of macaws outside of Brazil. The information was limited to just one country and I did not find that appealing. I do not have previous experience with this topic or something similar. This would be an important discussion topic in our class, as it details information on the conservation of Brazilian macaws and the different characteristics of the birds. Learning about this would expand our knowledge on birds and increase awareness on the different ways one could help in the restoration of these birds.

  4. Disha Patel says:

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    Title of Article: Vaping may have sent 153 people to hospitals with severe lung injuries
    URL:https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cdc-vaping-e-cigarettes-hospitalizations-153-cases-lung-injuries
    Author: Aimee Cunningham
    Website: Science Now
    Published: August 22, 2019

    Summary:
    This article talks about vaping, its use by teenagers, and its side effects. One of the side effects is severe lung disease, which has affected around 153 people across the country, mainly young adults and teenagers. These patients experience shortness of breath, chest pain, and for some, more severe asthma. Many vapes include marijuana and nicotine which, according to the American Lung Association, may produce respiratory health effects. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, 1 in 5 high schoolers use e-cigarettes and 2 million middle school and high school students vape marijuana. This statistic scares officials because it can lead to nicotine addiction, which harms the brain development for teenagers. This statistical fact also prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to restrict certain flavors that appeal to young people. Many young people are appealed to the certain flavors because of the advertisements that show sweet flavors, celebrities, and cartoon characters.

    Personal Reaction:
    We have never discussed this topic in class, however, I am aware of this situation by administrators and other classes. I find vaping a terrible thing for people to get into. Many people are aware that smoking is dangerous to health, so they choose vaping as a “healthier” alternative. However, people are not aware that vaping and smoking are very similar and share similar consequences. Regarding the article, I liked the article since it was short and was on topic. I was shocked when I read that 2 million middle school and high school students across the country smoke marijuana, because that is a very high statistic. After reading this article, I became more frightened about the idea of vaping and how it affects our community.

  5. Disha Patel says:

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    Title of Article: Men with breast cancer have lower survival rates than women
    URL:https://www.sciencenews.org/article/men-with-breast-cancer-have-lower-survival-rates-than-women
    Author: Esther Landhuis
    Website: Science News
    Published: October 3, 2019

    Summary:
    This article talks about how men can also have breast cancer and how they have lower survival rates than women. Women have had far more cases of breast cancer than men, so officials primarily test breast cancer drugs for a women. Officials were not aware that this specific drugs behaves differently between genders, so as a result, many breast cancer drugs do not work for men. Diagnosis for breast cancer for men have gone up over the years, and an estimated 2670 males will develop the disease this year. In a recent study, 84.5% of male breast cancer patients were “hormone-receptor positive” (meaning their tumors grow in response to estrogen or progesterone) and 57.9% of those men received endocrine therapy (drugs that stop hormones from helping breast cancer cells grow). However, in women, 75.8% of female cancer patients were hormone-receptor positive and 70.2% of them got endocrine therapy. This means that women have a higher survival rate than men. In conclusion, men have a lower survival rate of breast cancer because there haven’t been many breast cancer drug tests for men.

    Personal Reaction:
    We have never discussed this topic in class before and I have never been aware of a situation like this. After reading this article, I feel bad for men who suffer from breast cancer because they have a low survival rate and they don’t have a specific medicine for them. Regarding the article, I liked it, however, I wished it contained more facts about men having a lower survival rate rather than statistics about women breast cancer compared to men breast cancer. Since officials and doctors are now aware of this situation, I hope they can quickly find drugs for men that suffer from this disease.

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