Epilepsy-Savannah

Why did I choose this topic?

I chose this topic because I thought it was interesting and I didn’t fully understand it. I had heard about it before and knew it was associated with seizures. I don’t have any direct┬áconnections with it but I thought not many people would know all the facts. This is important to know about because Epilepsy is a serious disorder. In the 2013 population of the US 750,000 children (0-17) had been diagnosed with Epilepsy or another Seizure Disorder. That’s about 1% of children! This affects many teenagers with Epilepsy negatively because you can never predict when the seizures will happen.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a general term for a brain disorder that causes seizures. There are a lot of variations of Epilepsy, and a lot of different seizures. People with Epilepsy can have many different kinds of seizures, some can cause them to fall to the ground and shake uncontrollably while, others can just look like they are staring.

What causes Epilepsy?

Usually the cause is unknown, but some causes are,

  • A dramatic head injury
  • Tumour
  • Genetics
  • Stroke
  • Brain not functioning properly

I believe Epilepsy is not fully understood by many and people do not understand the seriousness.

How can you prevent Epilepsy?

  • Avoid traumatic head injuries
  • Lower your chance of stoke and heart disease (Healthy Diet, Exercise)

 

Sunburns- Bridget Ritchie

SunburnI chose this topic because when I was a kid I got a lot of sunburns. I never knew how bad they could be, I always thought that it was just redness of the skin when you’ve been in the sun for too long. I’m pretty sure some people still think it’s just that. This important to know what sunburns are and how they are caused because a lot of people in our school get a ton of sunburns. Well sunburns affect so many teenagers world wide and it is so common. Sunburns are more dangerous than you think.

Sunburns are cause by dangerous UV rays from the sun that hit your skin. This damages your skin cells. I know this doesn’t sound that bad, but some of the things that can happen once you get a sunburn are. You can get redness of the skin, peeling skin, itchy skin, blisters, swelling and even skin cancer. This especially affects infants because they have way more fragile skin than adults and teens.

I think that sunburns are really overlooked. They can be very dangerous to ones health. Also your chance of getting skin cancer doubles if you have 5 server sunburns a year. Some ways you can prevent yourself form getting burnt:
1. Wear sunscreen
2. Wear hats
3. Don’t go outside if it is too hot