Chronic Bronchitis- Min Jae

I chose chronic bronchitis for health buzz. Chronic bronchitis is recurrent disorder where there is chronic or persistent inflammation of airways in the lungs.

I chose chronic bronchitis as a topic because I wanted to learn and know well about this disease. The reason that I want to learn about chronic bronchitis is because my mom has this disease. This issue is important because you can easily have this disease if you are exposed to air pollution for a long time. In addition, this affects teenager because teenager often does not know how serious and severe chronic bronchitis is.

I learned that there are two kinds of bronchitis. One is acute and other one is chronic. I was able to find out that chronic bronchitis happens when acute bronchitis is repeated for several times. I also learned that there are no actual treatments for chronic bronchitis, but only medicines that can suppress the cough or production of mucus. Also, you have to avoid smoking because smoking is the main cause of chronic bronchitis. Before I did research about this issue, I thought chronic bronchitis was just a simple disease and you can recover eventually. However, I was wrong. Chronic bronchitis is very serious disease because you might also develop emphysema. Some people think chronic bronchitis is not life threatening, but your lungs may already have been seriously injured. Therefore, you have to be also be careful and try not to be exposed to second-hand smoke or air pollution for a long time. Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic Bronchitis


(First picture shows the difference between healthy bronchi and inflamed bronchi. Second picture shows that second hand smoke is dangerous to the lungs.)

Aspergers Syndrome- Marilyn

Aspergers is a form of Pervasive Development Disorder which is a disorder where someone with it lacks basic skills. It is also similar to autism, but very much milder. People with this disorder tend to have a higher intelligence than the average of their age. Though people with this disorder are at risk to develop certain conditions like ADHD or OCD.

The symptoms are:

  • Problem with social skills
  • Eccentric or repetitive behaviors
  • Develops rituals
  • Communication difficulty
  • Limited range of interests
  • Coordination
  • Skilled or talented

There are no causes or preventions for this disorder though there are treatments like occupational therapy to help their slow muscle development, speech therapy to help them be able to communicate better or social skills therapy to help them socialize.

People with autism tend to be excluded from group events whether it would be sports or just a conversation. They never approach people and usually have no eye contact. They can come across as weird or crazy and most of the time gets picked on. People with asperger’s also tend to have a fascination with a certain things, but with the fascination with that one subject or item they exclude everything else.

I believe that people with autism can do wonderful things since they are able to focus all their attention on one thing. One example would be Steve Jobs, ever since he was a kid he was very interested in technology and now he has revolutionised the world of technology. Some other people with aspergers are michael jackson and susan boyle.

The word Aspergers spelled over a blank puzzle.  Aspergers Syndrome is a high-functiong form of Autism commonly diagnosed amoung young children, particularly boys.




Health Buzz-Tourettes_Enzo

I chose this topic, Tourettes, because me and my cousin have Tourettes and it  is really hard to have Tourettes it is hard to focus, hard to do everything, it is also very difficult to deal with if you’re the victim. Aside from just affecting me this disease affects thousands of people in fact 1/80 people have Tourettes
After researching this topic, Tourettes, I learned a lot more about my syndrome,  Tourettes basically where you can’t control your muscles, you have tics where you can’t control what you do. You have vocal and motor tics vocal tics make you say things you can’t control such as swear words and words that are exotic, motor tics are where you basically cannot control your muscles, like you can’t control blinking and movements like that, well you know you’re doing it but it’s like a cough or a sneeze you cannot control it.  There are no known cures for this syndrome but you can take some western or Chinese medicines to suppress the tics. 1/80 people have Tourettes. If you see people who do really weird things with their muscles and vocal sounds, they probably have Tourettes, don’t make fun of them it’s really hard to be the victim who has Tourettes.



Jon Determograthic Urticaria

determotharthic urtictica or determograthictaca  or skin writing is a skin disorder that makes your skin so vulnerable to inflammation if u rub it it inflames. it happens to 3-5 % of all people in this world it lasts for 15 to 30 min normally but in extreme cases hours.  the cause is unknown. it is itchy within 5 min of inflammation


Anorexia Nervosa- Maria

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder,that people get too obsessed with their weight and how fat or skinny they are and their appearance.  I chose this issue because a lot of teenagers are worrying about how fat or skinny they are and to look good they stop eating. This is important because it shows us what can happen if you stop eating, it teaches how people get anorexia and to be careful. This affects teenagers because they can die from it and start to feel very insecure about themselves.


I learned that is very important to feel confident about yourself, and that is really important to eat. My thinking about this issue is that teenagers shouldn’t call each other fat because it can lead them to become anorexic, and feel insecure about themselves. My thinking changed a lot, because before I didn’t think it was important but by this age every girl is complaining about their appearance and their weight and mostly everyday you hear someone saying “I’m Fat” and people stopped eating a lot because they thought they were fat. So now I think everyone should eat, and feel good on how they look if they are skinny or fat. Now I know what it can lead them if they stop eating.

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Autism – Lorenzo Obias

Firstly, I chose this issue as I recently came in contact with a person with autism, and had a sudden urge to help them; it just felt like the right thing to do. Autism is something that shouldn’t be neglected. This topic is very relevant as helping autistic people will make one a better person, as well as developing better social skills. Furthermore, anyone can relate with autistic people as it is a condition which any person of any age can get.

From researching online, looking past the first page of Google Search, I have been able to find many valid information relating to autism spectrum disorder. One piece of information I was able to find was that autism is a disorder that almost makes the person unable to communicate with other people. At first, I thought autism made the bearer stupid, but I was way off. I also learned that babies get autism from the environment it is surrounded by when it is in the womb, which is pretty intriguing. After hours of research and preparation, I can say with confidence that I have a new found respect for autistic people. They are just like everyone else, so we have to help them. Make them comfortable. Whether autistic or not, they are just like everyone else, humans.


Reproductive Health Problems

One of the essential questions of this unit is:  why is it important to understand proper health care during this time of transition?  In gender specific groups, we will be examining the different common reproductive problems for males and females and ways in which these can be prevented.


In your groups, you will be tasked with creating a visual demonstration of your understanding (on butcher paper) of the information presented in the pages listed below:

1)     Describe six problems of the female reproductive system p.224-225 

2)     Describe four ways to prevent common female reproductive problems p.224-225 

3)     Describe the six common ways to treat female reproductive problems

4)     Describe seven problems of the male reproductive system p.220-221 

5)     Describe four ways to prevent common male reproductive problems p.220-221

6)     Describe the six common ways to treat male reproductive problems

When you are finished, display your visual representations around the room and do a gallery walk of the other group’s chart.  Take 3 post-it notes and use the CONNECT/EXTEND/CHALLENGE (use one post it note for each) thinking routine and post it on the poster. See below.

CONNECT: How are the ideas and information presented
CONNECTED to what you already knew?
EXTEND: What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions?
CHALLENGE: What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around? What ques-tions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?

Susanne- Alzheimer’s

   Plaques and Tangles

   I chose this topic because I wanted to learn more about the disease that took my grandfather’s life. Although I was very young at the time, I remember how hard it was for me to come and visit one of my favourite people in the world just to be greeted by a scared look and my grandfather asking me who I am and what I want from him. This is why I decided to research this disease so I could help others go through what I’ve been through. I learned to live with it since my parents told me it is a normal part of aging, but sadly at the age of five I didn’t fully understand that he was sick and not just teasing me. There were many times when I would come home crying because I thought my grandfather was making fun of me or was trying to be mean, but after researching it I now know that it is something you can’t control. Although this might not affect teenagers physically, it makes their life a lot worse when having a friend or family member with it. As I mentioned before, it puts a lot of pressure on them and it makes them feel unloved and disconnected from their friend or family member. There is also a lot to remember when around someone with Alzheimer’s, most importantly you have to play along and act like nothing is wrong. The patient does not know that they have the disease, so trying to convince them will only make them frustrated because they don’t know it themselves. After looking deeper into the topic of Alzheimer’s, it got me a lot more aware of the different effects of aging. I used to think it was a disease that maybe one out of one hundred people were affected by, but it turns out that it is an extremely common disease around grown-ups sixty-five years or older. There are only up to five percent of people with this disease that have early onset Alzheimer’s which appears when someone is in their forties or fifties. I am now a lot more aware of the disease incase I myself or anyone else I know catches this terrible disorder.

        I have learned a lot about this topic. First of all, I found the definition of Alzheimer’s and what is does to your brain. Alzheimer’s is known for being the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury. Knowing what dementia is makes is easier to understand what Alzheimer’s is. Alzheimer’s is a chronic disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour which is happening because brain cells are failing. As you can see in the image above, the blue highlighted parts are showing plaques and tangles. Plaques are deposits of a protein fragment called beta-amyloid  that build up in the spaces between nerve cells.Tangles are twisted fibers of another protein called tau that build up inside cells. You can see that the plaques and tangles get worse as Alzheimer’s progresses, and they are a huge part of worsening the disease. What I found fascinating is the fact that they have trouble not only remembering events that happened many years ago but events that happened hours or even minutes earlier. Furthermore, so far there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but there is medicine you can take that can temporarily slows down the worsening and can improve the patients quality of life in the present. In addition, I studied the cycle of catching this disorder and how it worsens over time. People with Alzheimer’s start of by having trouble remembering newly learned information, feeling disoriented, or having mood and behaviour changes. This is usually noticed by friends and family. The symptoms gradually get worse over time with the patients having an average lifespan of eight years after the disease is noticeable to others.  If you are lucky, you can live up to the maximum estimation of twenty years after the disease is discovered depending on age and other conditions. As the disease gets worse, patients can start experiencing unfounded suspicions about family, and friends, behaviour changes, deepening confusion about events, time and place. At it’s worst, Alzheimer’s can cause difficulty speaking, swallowing, walking, and individuals can lose their ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. After learning this tragic information, let’s end on a happier note. To summarize what I think of this disorder would be that although it is a natural and common part of aging, it is terrible and it is something that we urgently need to find a cure for. I bet many others just like me found comfort in the fact that is it common in people with older ages, and their is medicine to slow it down. After taking a second look at what was written, I started noticing how important it is to find a cure. Although it may not be as bad as cancer, it is definitely worse for the people who have to help and support the patients. At the start of wellness I thought that we were just going to learn about eating healthy, exercising and that we shouldn’t take drugs. Now I know that there’s a lot more to being healthy, and especially after this health buzz I know now the horrible tragedies that can happen to our bodies and minds.


Samantha- Asperger’s Syndrome


I chose Asperger’s Syndrome not only because it was an interesting topic, but also because I have personal connection with it. Once I found out what Asperger’s was by looking it up, I was intrigued by the syndrome and asked my parents about it. When I talked to them about it I found out that a relative has a mild case of it, and I got even more interested. This expands my learning because the neurological problem represents the fact that not everyone is intellectually the same. It teaches me more about how the brain functions and why it works the way it does.  This is relevant because children to adults could still be diagnosed with it. This is important because Asperger’s isolates individuals from meeting others, and they don’t feel as important thus leading to bullying since differences are what seem to separate us as a community. Furthermore, most individuals in their adolescent stages in life try their best to fit it, but with Asperger’s it’s hard for them to do so.

This affects teens by making in difficult to fit in. Furthermore, it changes the way the brain mentally functions for any age. Although, you can out grow some Asperger’s traits it may be very difficult to be “normal” especially if you have a sever case of it. This also affects teens when they go to school. This is because most people with Asperger’s like everything to be the same and simple, although in school your schedule changes everyday and you have to face different people, and different subjects, and different teachers. It makes it awkward for those with Asperger’s when it comes to collaborating with others and making friends. In addition, they may enjoy talking about a certain topics but not others so they may be into things like science clubs, or book clubs. Also, they may have frequent tantrums if things don’t go their way, and feel anxious when it comes to socializing. Finally, they may have trouble dealing with their emotions and maintaining good behavior for the sake of others around them. After this Health Buzz, I learned more about neurological disorders such as Asperger’s, and how it can affect individuals. I learned that not everyone thinks the same or processes things the same. My thinking has changed for those around me, and how I treat them. If someone acts a certain way I don’t have the right to disrespect him or her because they could be going through something that they can’t control. In addition, Asperger’s is neurological and you can’t tell if someone has it just by looking at him or her. This influences my thinking about wellness because their are so many neurological and mental disabilities or syndromes that people have difficulty in controlling, and us as a community just has to understand that, that is who they are as a person and it won’t do any good in bullying others for their differences.