Obstructive Sleep Apnea- By Elisabeth C.

I’m pretty sure many of us, if not, some of us snore. Snoring occurs when our airway narrows whilst sleeping, so when we breath out, the carbon dioxide squeezes past the airway making, of course, snoring sounds! Obstructive Sleep Apnea is similar but also very different. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when our airway is completely blocked and obstructed. This results in air to not properly come in, and air to not properly come out. When carbon dioxide is trying to flow out through our airway, it is pushing against the blocked part of our airway. Because of the constant pushing, this wakes up our brain from deep sleep so our brain can tell our airway to open up. Once the airway opens up, the carbon dioxide is able to flow out (usually, when the air flows out, it flows out with a gasping sound). This cycle repeats over and over again through the whole night. Since Sleep Apneayour brain is now awake, you are moved from deep sleep to light sleep. If this repeats for the whole night, you aren’t getting proper sleep.

Because you aren’t getting proper sleep, this affects your mental, social, physical and emotional health. It is proven that people with sleep apnea are not able to concentrate  while doing something. This affects your performance in school because you are not able to listen and do work because you are too tired. People with sleep apnea also tend to have morning headaches. This results in a change with your mental health. You’re also not able to keep up with your friends also changing your social health. This also affects your physical health because you aren’t able to keep up or do the sports you do regularly.

I chose to do this topic for my health buzz because, Obstructive Sleep Apnea does go unnoticed and undiagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea may seem like regular snoring but it has negative effects to it. I also chose this topic because one of my family members might have this disorder. I realised a lot of changes in the morning and during the day because of Sleep Apnea. Although it may seem like there isn’t a cure for this, there are ways to lessen the episodes you have in the evening. One way is to sleep on your side. There are many more ways to easily stop sleep apnea but if all else fails, their is a medical way to treat Sleep Apnea. This is called CPAP treatment. CPAP treatment is when you wear a mask that constantly blows air into your airway so it stays open.

Studying this topic has helped me learn about how our airway functions and why we snore. I also learned that although this disorder rarely occurs on teens or kids, it still has effects that can affect us all especially if we are friends with somebody who has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is definitely a disorder that is overlooked.

Allergies-Kevin

Allergies are an important thing to me because I myself have allergies. I am allergic to dust, and that’s why I always get allergic reactions wherever I go. And because of this, I wanted to inform, and warn other people about this topic. Moving on, Allergies affect teenagers because allergies tend to appear when we are pre-teens, we have to suffer the effects during our teenage years(also because allergies tend to go away as we become adults). Also, I know a lot of people in our grade that hold food allergies with nuts, meats, etc. So I want to help them know better about this topic. Furthermore, when I studied this topic I never knew before that how people get allergies were so complicated. This is how we get allergies: When a body is exposed to something that is seemingly harmless, for some reason the body tries act against the seemingly harmless thing. The first exposure causes our bodies to produce IgE, and these IgE attach themselves to cells/tissues in the body. At a second exposure, some of the allergen bind with these IgE and causes problems, what we know as Allergies. My final opinion on this topic is quite negative, because allergies can’t be that good. (This topic was totally new to me!)

 

People Power Persuasive Essay

We’ll be spending the next few class periods working on organizing our evidence for our persuasive essays.  Using all of the evidence we have gathered thus far, use this worksheet to now plot out ALL of the evidence you have for whether the revolution was a success or a failure.  DON’T decide on your thesis statement until after this worksheet is filled out!

 

WRITING STAGE:

Use this power point to help guide you in crafting a solid essay – Intro, body paragraphs, and conclusion.

Effects of Starch-Arjun

What is Starch:

A naturally abundant nutrient carbohydrate, found chiefly in the seeds, fruits, tubers, roots, and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice, and varying widely in appearance according to source but commonly prepared as a white amorphous tasteless powder.

My definition:

To me Starch is a white, carbohydrate that is found in fruits, cereals, grains, seeds and especially potatoes. Starch is also used in a lot of foods because, it’s the thing that keeps the food together and from falling apart.

Why is Starch important:

  • Starch is Sticky. Using its stickiness it keeps the food together. Without the Starch the food would just break apart.

  • Starch is not only used in foods. It is also used as an adhesive in papermaking companies.

  • Starch molecules are made of Glucose units. These glucose units give you energy, that means Starch= Strength

Bad effects of Starch:

Starch is kind of like sugar. As a carbohydrate overeating it can be dangerous. Some effects of too much starch include:

  • Calories

  • Increase of Blood pressure

That’s pretty much all. Starch has as many negatives as many other carbohydrates.

Conclusion:

In conclusion Starch is as good as any other food. It’s our/your choices that make the food healthy or unhealthy.

Reflecting on CWW

Job well done, Villains!  Thanks for bringing in sacks of Rice and for really dedicating your time and energy to helping out at each of your respective sites!  Looking forward to seeing your reflections and hearing all about your experiences!

 

Check out this reflection done by Cio below!  What an awesome recap!

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Min soo – Basketball

 

5 components of fitness

1. Muscular Strength-

How it applies

  • When your going against tougher opponents

  • When penetrating the lane

  • Countering pushes and the defense

2. Muscular Endurance-

How it applies

  • Reps and Reps in the weight room to gain muscle strength

  • To develop muscles you have to develop a consistent habit in going to the gym and doing repetitions

3. Cardiorespiratory Endurance-

How it applies

  • When everyone is tired and you’re still competing in the high level in the 4th quarter

  • You can be athletic or skilled but if you don’t have this you will SUCK \

  • Conditioning is the Key of basketball

4. Flexibility-

How it applies

  • Preventing injuries

  • Telling your joints to get ready for the game

5. Body Composition-

How it applies

  • Also depends on your athletic ability

  • Need the right amount of fat and muscle and bones, etc.

Benefits:

  • improves confidence

  • develops a good attitude

  • Helps leadership skills

  • Make your body healthy

  • get lots of friends

  • burns lots of calories

  • improve coordination

Things to watch out for:

  • Injuries: knee and ankles and heart

  • Fighting

  • Dont get too caught up or lose backup plans

  • get closer to drugs (RARE)

 

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Youssouf/Ilegal Drugs

The subject I am going to address are illegal drugs.

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It is important to know the effects in order to make smart choices in the future on not using these harmful drugs.

I picked this issue because it is a huge worldwide problem around the world destroying peoples lives and hurting the innocent people.The people who use this in order to make money.

This issue affects about 30% of teenagers who smoke marijuana and I learned that from one of my resources that I found while researching.

Some intersecting facts are:

  1. 30% of teenagers smoke marijuana
  2. Meth users undergo rapid weight loss
  3. Cocaine increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting the lungs.

I believe that these drugs cause things that shouldn’t happen until later in your life like a heart attack.

In conclusion illegal drugs need to be stopped and never used and if you don’t use drugs and can lead to a much more healthier and happier life.

 

Luis – Anger Management

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Anger Management (iMovie Presentation)

Why is this topic relevant to me and other kids?

The reason I chose this topic is because of how common (excessive) anger is me, and also in other kids and teenagers. I wanted to find out ways to improve on my anger management, and educate others on the topic as well.

What is anger?

Anger is a response to events, like a traffic jam, actions done by others, or even a traumatic memory. It’s characterized by a strong feeling of hostility against something or someone that is frustrating or working against you. Sometimes it’s helpful, it can motivate you to solve problems or express feelings of negativity.

Part 3: Why is anger management important?

Often though, anger is unnecessary and unhelpful, so it’s especially important to control it. Physical and mental changes, like increase in blood pressure, make it difficult for you to be reasonable, and very irritable. This can damage both your mental and physical health.

Part 4: What can I do to control my anger?

Seeing a doctor can be necessary if you tend to get angry very often, but you can do the following to try and limit it as much as possible.

  1. Get exercise – the chemicals released by exercise stimulate certain parts of your brain that are connected to making you feel more relaxed. Also, exercise is a very good way to vent your emotions in a fun, healthy way!

  2. This might seem cheesy and ridiculous, but take a few moments to calm down and take deep breaths. During those moments, you can recollect your thoughts and find out possible solutions to the situation. This is crucial, because when you’re angry, your brain releases adrenaline and noradrenaline, making you less reasonable – you might end up doing things you wouldn’t do if you were calm!

  3. Warn yourself before your anger escalates. You should know what triggers your anger, which would be very helpful to stop yourself before you become too angry, something you want to avoid

  4. This also has to do with staying calm, but a good tip is to think of a nice memory or place.

Anger management is a pretty abstract topic, so see what works for you – just remember to see a doctor if necessary.

 

Why is this topic relevant to me and other kids/teenagers?

 

The reason I chose this topic is because of how common (excessive) anger is me, and also in other kids and teenagers. I often find myself getting mad at others, and I never enjoy it. I wanted to find out ways to improve on my anger management, and educate others on the topic as well.

 

What is anger?

 

Anger is a response to both external events, like a traffic jam, actions done by others, and internal things, like a traumatic memory. It’s characterized by a strong feeling of hostility against something or someone that is frustrating or working against you. Sometimes it’s helpful, it can motivate you to solve problems or express feelings of negativity. When you’re angry, you also release chemicals, like adrenaline, that can help you in a “fight or flight” situation, not that that’s needed very often though.

 

Why is anger management important?

 

Often though, anger is unnecessary and unhelpful, so it’s especially important to control it. Physical and mental changes, like increase in blood pressure, make it difficult for you to be reasonable, and very irritable. This can damage both your mental and physical health.

 

What can I do to control my anger?

 

Seeing a doctor can be necessary if you tend to get angry very often, but you can do the following to try and limit it as much as possible. Anger management is a very abstract topic though, these are just the most helpful tips to me – see what works for you!

 

  1. Get exercise – the chemicals released by exercise stimulate certain parts of your brain that are connected to making you feel more relaxed. Also, exercise is a very good way to vent your emotions in a fun, safe, healthy way!

  2. This might seem cheesy and ridiculous, but take a few moments to calm down and take deep breaths. During those moments, you can recollect your thoughts and find out possible solutions to the situation. This is crucial, because when you’re angry, your brain releases adrenaline and noradrenaline, making you less reasonable – you might end up doing things you wouldn’t do if you were calm!

  3. Warn yourself before your anger escalates. You should know what triggers your anger, which would be very helpful to stop yourself before you become too angry, something you want to avoid

  4. This also has to do with staying calm, but a good tip is to think of a nice memory or place. This will definitely help you to forget what’s making you angry.

How have my opinions changed about the topic?

In the beginning of my research, I thought that anger management was a very scientific topic, that involved all sorts of psychology, and could only be treated in specific ways, like medication or professional help. Apparently, this isn’t really the case. Treatment for anger management can be something as simple as counting to ten, or taking deep breaths. I also realized it’s importance – I never knew that anger also had physical effects as well, like hypertension. In conclusion, I really learned a lot about this topic in the past couple of weeks, and hope that It will be used well in the future.

Navshaid Bhandari- Scoliosis

Scoliosis of the spine, artwork

Scoliosis is a curved spine. Most of the time the spine with scoliosis looks like an “S” or “C”.  Scoliosis is extremely dangerous if left undiagnosed. Some dangers include cardiorespiratory problems and damaged spine joints.

This issue affects teenagers because during your teen years serious symptoms start to appear, as there might be physical problems with the body bending forward or sideways, depending upon the direction of the scoliosis, and if left unattended or no timely medical attention provided, sometimes causing permanent body damage. I learnt that Scoliosis is a medical mystery; no one knows the source of the condition. Also, due to the curved spine, your whole skeleton has to adapt to the spine and gets deformed in the process. Scoliosis is an important issue because it can sometimes even cause a shortened life span if too severe.

Depending on the severity of scoliosis, the treatments vary from regular checkups to getting braces on your back. In extreme cases, surgery is required. An interesting fact I learnt about scoliosis is that no one knows the exact cause of it. I think scoliosis is an extremely dangerous condition that needs immediate attention and more awareness. People don’t realize that this condition is fatal if left untreated.

In conclusion, I chose this topic because I have scoliosis and I wanted more people to know about it and help increase their awareness. The best way to diagnose scoliosis is to have regular checkups so that treatment can start instantly, at the earliest.

Jules Deplanck – Paralysis

What is paralysis?

Also known as Hemiplegia, Palsy, Paraplegia, Quadriplegia.

Paralysis is loss of muscle function/movement for one or more muscles. Paralysis can also affect your senses, such as when something falls on you, you will not feel anything. It is sensory motor (in the brain) that makes this happen. Sources say that an average of 1 on 50 people have paralysis.

What are the causes to paralysis?

Paralysis is most often cause my a strong hit on the nervous system. Other big are Other major causes are stroke, trauma with nerve injury, poliomyelitis, cerebral palsy, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, botulism and spina bifida.

Benefits of Paralysis… (Having paralysis is not a benefit. But there is one good thing…)

•Not feeling any pain

When getting older with paralysis, even though you can’t excersise, it is very important to always maintain movement of your muscles.

What is your final opinion on this topic?

I think that hospitals should really come up with a way to “cure” paralysis, because imagine your world without feeling anything nor moving anything…

How has this change your thinking?

I feel very grateful for having a great condition because if I were to be paralized I would really want to run and do some sports. For example my grandfather was paralized all over his right side and that made me think twice of how grateful I am.

What did you learn about this issue?

I learnt that paralysis is something that occurs when you have an accident or nervous breakdown. I thought you were born with it…