Current Event Summaries by Mia B.

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  1. Mia Bernabe says:

    URL: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190920145350.htm
    Post Date: September 20, 2019
    Title: New vaccine prevents herpes in mice, guinea pigs
    Title of Website: ScienceDaily
    Author: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Article Summary:
    This article was about a vaccine that prevents herpes in mice and guinea pigs. Researchers from Perelman School of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania created this vaccine in order to one day make a vaccine to prevent herpes in humans. Herpes are sores that can be in one general area and in a lot of cases, spread elsewhere on the body. The issue is that not only do you just have them, you can spread them to other people. A mother who has genital herpes can pass them to her child while she is giving birth. In this study, they exposed 64 mice to genital herpes. After about a month, 63 of them no longer had herpes after being given the vaccine. Genital herpes is also called Herpes simplex virus type 2 and it is found in people age 14 through 59. 14% of Americans have it and 11% of people the same age have it across the world.

    Personal Reaction:
    I thought this article was interesting. It is sort of about a weird topic that a lot of people don’t want to talk about. From this article, I took away what herpes were and other information about them. I really didn’t know much about herpes and then I found out that they were sores on your body that are contagious. I also found out that herpes are only visible during outbreaks. This is a problem because if there was a vaccine for this, people wouldn’t know to get it until after they break out. I think the herpes test on mice and guinea pigs was very smart because a lot of people struggle with this problem. This situation takes a toll on relationships and that is not good for people. Since they did this test, hopefully in the future scientists can find a way to help people with this issue.

  2. URL: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190919142303.htm
    Post Date: September 19, 2019
    Title: Division by subtraction: Extinction of large mammal species likely drove survivors apart
    Title of Website: ScienceDaily
    Author: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Article Summary:
    This article is about mammal extinction caused by climate change. It’s also about how certain species continued to grow but other became so rare that they ended up becoming extinct. About 12,000 years ago, after the last ice age, there was a disappearance of mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths and many more species. In the last 10,000 years, the pattern of plants and animals has changed. The mammals that survived the ice age ended up distancing themselves from others. This limited their interaction as prey and predators. The extinction of past mammals are likely to still echo the extinctions of today. The loss of mammoths doomed the mammoth steppe, dividing the massive area of land that held many species.

    Personal Reaction:
    I thought this article was interesting but it was also sad. The last ice age caused a lot of “damage” when it comes to extinction. Many species of animals are gone because of this. The fact that plant and animal patterns are still affected by this means that this event was very significant. The climate change is rapidly deteriorating our environment today due to human negligence. The resource supply is dwindling, just like it was 12,000 years ago. Although the ice age extinction wasn’t as momentous as the current climate change situation, it was the start of it. This makes me feel worried because who knows what the world will be like in 10+ years. My prediction is that the world will depreciate significantly and future generations will be greatly impacted.

  3. URL: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190920145348.htm
    Post Date: September 20, 2019
    Title: Climate change study finds that maple syrup season may come earlier
    Title of Website: ScienceDaily
    Author: Dartmouth College

    Article Summary:
    This article is about how maple syrup production is affected by climate change. It is affected by two important factors of climate change: Sugar content and sap flow. Over the past 10 years, the syrup production has increased 10%.There is a prediction that by 2100, maple syrup will be ready one month before is today. As the weather gets warmer, maple trees will thaw sooner. Researchers studied 15 to 20 maple trees. They recorded the temperature of the day and the saps sugar content. They ended up being able to make conclusions about what’s going to happen in the future regarding syrup production. Most of the maple trees are located in Virginia and Quebec. As you know, places like Canada and Virginia are cold in the winter so the climate change must really affect these places if the sap production will bump up a month in future years.

    Personal Reaction:
    This article is interesting to me. I never knew that there was such thing as syrup season and I really didn’t know too much about how maple syrup is made. Climate change is a really sensitive topic right now. I feel like a lot of the world’s problems are revolved around climate change and what is happening to the world. Of course the maple syrup season getting moved up in the year is not a problem but this shows you that climate change is affecting little things like this and who knows what will happen to the bigger problems in the world.

  4. URL: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191004105637.htm
    Post Date: October 4, 2019
    Title: People eat more when dining with friends and family
    Title of Website: ScienceDaily
    Author: University of Birmingham

    Article Summary:
    This article is about how people eat more when they are with their friends and family. Researchers at the University of Birmingham helped a team of researchers from Britain and they found that when people eat alone, they don’t eat as much as they do when they are with friends and family. There are three main reasons this occurs: eating food with others is more enjoyable, social norms might make you feel less than if you eat too much by yourself and eating food with others becomes associated with praise and recognition and that strengthens bonds between people. A lot of it is that we judge ourselves for eating too much. We feel ashamed and embarrassed if we eat too much and that’s why people don’t eat when they are alone. Even though studies show otherwise, some people could also not each much when they are around people. For example, if a man and women are on a date, either one of them could feel insecure about their food intake around others.

    Personal Reaction:
    I think this article is very accurate. I’ve never thought about the difference when people eat by themselves vs. when they eat with friends or family. Although I eat a lot when I get home from school and I’m by myself, it is so fun to go to dinner with other people. Going out with my friends is one of my favorite things to do and I do admit that I eat a lot when I’m with others. This could be a problem because if you are in college or even out of college, you like to hang out with your friends and go places because you can by yourself now. If you eat way too much, it can lead to obesity. Some people know their limit and some people do not. Personally, I eat until I am full. But I am also in a dilemma a lot because it’s fun to try everyone’s food and taste different things.

  5. URL: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190710193917.htm
    Title: Possible link between sugary drinks and cancer
    Post date: July 10, 2019
    Title of Website: ScienceDaily
    Author: BMJ

    Article Summary:
    This article is about how sugary drinks can increase your chances of getting cancer. More men than women drink sugary drinks daily. These drinks include 100% fruit juices, sugar sweetened drinks and artificially sweetened drinks. There have been a lot of tests done with age, sex, smoking staus and more taken into account. After daily drinkage, there 2193 follow up cases with a result of 693 people with breast cancer, 291 with prostate cancers and 166 with colorectal cancers. There were other studies that show people who drank 100mL a day and 18% of them had an overall increased risk of cancer. None of these results can establish anything but this is definitely evidence that helps support questions people have had for a while.

    Personal Reaction:
    To be honest, this article kind of scares me. I’m not alone when I say I love sugary drinks. The fact that they can essentially cause cancer makes me concerned. I’m sure everyone drinks at least one sugary drink and day and overtime, this is increasing chances of different types of cancer without them even knowing. The average person doesn’t get diagnosed until 59 years old. By then, people have drinken lot of fruit juices and artificially sweetened juices. I feel like people need to be more aware about this issue before a bigger percentage of the population finds out after all these years.

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