Current Event Summaries by JP C.

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  1. JP Carter says:

    Scientists print first 3D heart using patient’s biological materials
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190415102242.htm
    American Friends of Tel Aviv University
    Science Daily
    April 15, 2019
    JP Carter

    This article is about a group of researchers that we’re able to 3D print a heart made up of blood vessels and the own patient’s cells. They have only made the heart of a small rabbit, but they say that they are able to create a human heart with the same technology.
    So far the heart can not contract as a whole, but they are getting small parts of the heart to contact together. To get the material for the heart, they take a small piece of fat from the patient, then they break it down to examine the cells and the makeup of the fat. To print the heart, they use personalized hydrogel as the “ink”.
    They plan to test this new technology on animals, then they will hopefully begin to make human hearts. They hope in the next 10 years, 3D printing hearts will be available in most hospitals around the world.
    I think this is a great discovery. I can only imagine how they are able to print and design these hearts. I really hope that in the near future people will be able to get a new 3D printed heart if something bad happens to them.

  2. JP Carter says:

    Title: Nearly 150 Hospitalized After Vaping
    Link: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/vaping-may-be-causing-acute-lung-damage-in-teens
    Author: Healthline
    Website: Healthline
    Publish Date: Couldn’t find

    JP Carter

    There have been over 150 People hospitalized because of vaping. Most of these cases were teens ages 12 to 19. Vaping has hooked many children and teens. Companies that sell vaping products have put on the ads and products, that the product contains nicotine and can be addictive. Vaping can cause lung cancer and damages the way teens develop. There are hundreds of chemicals in the juices put into the vaping device. Scientists have been studying the effects of vaping, but it is too early to make any concrete evidence against vaping. When the chemicals get inhaled, it destroys cells in your lungs. The cells in your lungs, along with all the other cells in your body, don’t like chemicals in them. This is causing lungs to collapse and can make you feel short of breath. There is also a link to how the brain behaves and how vaping is destroying it. Some of the chemicals in the products affect how you think and damages other parts of the brain.
    I think that vaping is a huge problem around the world, and even in our schools. I have seen it in our own school and in public areas. I prefer to not take part in vaping because of the health problems, the fact that it is illegal, and I would need a lot of money to keep up with the addiction. You shouldn’t need to feel good by doing something harmful to your body.

  3. JP Carter says:

    Title: Rare eastern equine encephalitis has killed 9 people in the U.S. in 2019
    Link:https://www.sciencenews.org/article/rare-disease-eastern-equine-encephalitis-killed-nine-people-2019
    Author: Sofie Bates
    Website: Science News
    Date: October 1, 2019

    JP Carter

    The Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a brain disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. In the past decade, it has infected 103 people, but in 2019 it has infected 31 people. About a third of the people infected die. Scientists don’t know why there are more cases of it this year. A guess that they have come up with is that the warm season is getting longer because of global warming, and mosquitoes like that. To stay safe from these mosquito bites you can do a lot of things. They recommend not having standing water around your home because mosquitoes like to breed in nice calm water. It is also recommended that you put on repellent and that you stay away from swamps and other watery areas at dusk and night.
    I think it is also strange that there have been a lot more cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year. I don’t really understand how the planet got a lot warmer in just a year. I’m not a scientist, so it could be possible.

  4. JP Carter says:

    Title: Surprising research result: All immature cells can develop into stem cells
    Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190516101445.htm
    Author: University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Website: Science Daily
    Date: May 16, 2019

    JP Carter

    Stem cells have been difficult to develop until now. A group of researchers have found that cells in the intestines are not determined until the other cells around them tell it what to do. They can now manipulate the cell into believing its purpose is to be a stem cell. They do this by introducing the cells to luminescent proteins and monitor the individual cell. This new discovery has changed how stem cell research now works. Stem cells only repair minor damages in the body, but with the ability to make stem cells, we should be able to repair bigger damages.

    I think this new discovery is great news for the health of the human race. We are constantly getting exposed to new diseases and injuries.

  5. JP Carter says:

    Title: Fruit flies live longer with combination drug treatment
    Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190930161857.htm
    Author: University College London
    Website: Science Daily
    Date: September 30, 2019

    JP Carter

    A recent study of fruit flys and testing their lifespans are quite incredible. Scientists are using 3 different drugs of groups of fruit flys to try to extend the lifespans. Each drug individually extends their lives by about 11%. With 2 drugs together, it bumps up to 30%. The most shocking part though is when all three drugs come together, the fly’s lifespan improves by 48%. They plan to test these drugs on more fruit flys, then work towards mice, then slowly get up to human testing.
    I think this is a great research that they are doing because the average lifespan of a human could go up enormously. This could also be bad because the population could go up super fast and we would run out of food. But I guess you would live longer if you had enough food.

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