Effects of Instant Noodles By Diego

I chose this topic because I first wanted to know why my dad said to stop buying more instant noodle packets. This is connected to me because I use to eat them, and also my dad. Al. This issue is very relevant to me, because with them continuing to eat instant noodles, I want to know what is really going on in their body. It’s an important topic because people who would buy this a lot, would be teenagers and young adults. This affects teenagers because teenagers just want 3 things in food: fast, cheap, and delicious. That’s what instant noodles all have.

 

Out of all the countries in the world, China tops the most amount of instant noodles consumed with a whopping 44.4 billion servings per year. Instant noodles is highly processed, making this have no nutrients and minerals at all. It’s very high in fat, sodium, and calories. It has lots of flavourings and artificial colourings. It also has a special preservative called TBHQ. What TBHQ does is not for food, but for the petroleum industry. This is also used in Macdonalds, Reese, and many other companies. This is considered an “antioxidant”, but it’s not natural. Five grams of TBHQ, and it will give you: nausea and vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, sense of suffocation, and chance of collapsing. This makes instant noodles, one to take caution of.

 

The summary about this topic is how we have to look for what we eat, it might be  My thinking has changed because, I thought that instant noodles would just be high in calories and fat. I thought that it was just an unhealthy food without nutrients. Now I think that eating lots of instant noodles can cause these symptoms. In conclusion, although instant noodles may be as bad as it seems, we can just take it in moderation to still be healthy.Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 8.49.13 PM

Diabetes Mellitus by Martina Qua

I have always heard my family talk about diabetes, but was not completely sure what it was. That was the main reason why I decided to choose this topic for my Health Buzz. As I started to research some more, though, I realized that I also wanted to talk about diabetes to help teens watch their lifestyle and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes. Learning about diabetes has definitely expanded my learning because I am more aware of a disease that is extremely common and can affect anyone. More about what I have learned will be included in the next paragraphs and in my presentation to the class. Like many others, I connect to this as diabetes is common in my family. This means I should be even more aware of my diet and lifestyle. It is important to convince others to be mindful of their diet and amount of physical activity. Type 2 diabetes affects teenagers because it can occur in physically inactive and overweight people, yes, including teenagers. More and more children are becoming obese, resulting in more and more children having diabetes. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented but still is most commonly found during childhood and adolescence.

The first thing I learned was that diabetes is also referred to as diabetes mellitus. It is an illness where the body cannot properly store and use the energy found in foods. I also learned that there are three types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes usually happens during childhood and adolescence but can affect adults as well. The main cause of this type of diabetes is passed down through genetics. Viruses can also play a role in causing type 1 diabetes. A low intake of vitamin D and an exposure to dairy during infancy are also some other causes. Type 1 diabetes, though, cannot be prevented and is much less common than type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adults. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Type 2 diabetes is found commonly in overweight and/or physically inactive people. It can also be found in people that resist insulin. The image below shows what happens to glucose if this happens. Genetics also play a part in diabetes as you are more at risk if a family member has it. More importantly, though, making sure you have enough exercise and having a balanced diet is the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes. Lastly, Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women, something we can’t really connect to. It works the same way as type 2 diabetes, though, with having high levels of glucose and not enough insulin.

I used to think that there was only one type of diabetes. Now, I know that there are three types of diabetes, two of which us teens can all relate to. After learning about this topic, I have been watching what I have been eating and making sure that I have had enough exercise. It is important for my peers to learn this as well as they should do the same. This has influenced my thinking about wellness because now I understand the importance of exercise and diet in our everyday lives. Also, I have learned that a big part of health and wellness can come from genetics and some just have to be more careful in preventing diseases their family is prone to.

Type 2 Diabetes

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Autism- Anna Manfredini

Autism:

     I choose this topic because my mom is a psychologist and she always talks about her work and how she has to work with autistic kids. Since I have this connection I have always wanted to know more and really understand what she works with. This issue is important to me because I want to learn how to act with these type of children. This issue is relevant to me because we (my family) have a lot of friends with autistic kids and if I ever meet someone who is autistic I would like to know what is different about her/him and maybe help that person. This affect teens because when they go through puberty the teens who are not autistic are aware of social situations and they understand that adults have a bigger role in the family. But teens who are autistic don’t have the same feelings about these things, instead of accepting people they have temper tantrums, aggression and other behaviour of early ages.

     I learned that kids usually get autism at a young age. Kids who are autistic have a harder time communicating what they feel which then leads them on getting mad. I also learned that doctors still don’t know what is causing kids to be autistic. All around there are pros and cons about being autistic and having an autistic child or friend. The pros are that kids that are autistic have a better detailed memory, they are really good with computers and they can have a very special talents. The cons of having an autistic child is that you have to deal with their lacking of communication. My thinking has changed because now I know that autistic kids are really special and  that their are basically like us but with an extra twist of speciality.  Autistic Kid Brain

GBS – Rohan Tulshyan

I chose this topic because my friend’s dad had GBS before. I wanted to research and know about what happened to him. Also GBS is a syndrome in which people are not exactly sure why others get it while others don’t. So it is possible that GBS can affect teens like me. This is important to be aware of because GBS is a syndrome that cannot be taken lightly. GBS can be life threatening because it affects your muscles and can potentially give a paralyzed body. Aside from a paralyzed body, GBS can diseases like pneumonia. While GBS only affects about 1 in every 100,000 people, it can still attack teens.

I learned that GBS can first of affect any gender at any age. Aside from this scientist thinks that you can get GBS from three man ways. You can get it from infections, surgery and vaccinations. Also that there is no cures but there are ways of lessening the pain. Doing this project has made me think that GBS is a dangerous syndrome and that people who has GBS should go to the hospital ASAP. At first I though GBS is just something that affects your muscles slightly but doing this research has made my thinking expand. GBS is dangerous, it can kill as fast as in two weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

The Cause of Stress By An Shinozaki

I chose the topic, “Cause of stress” because I had a connection that I am always stressed out with many different things, especially school work, homework. This made me think a bit more about the word stress. So then I wanted to know more about stress and how to manage it, since I kind of know what is the cause of stress to me. From my opinion, I think this is something really important to me because this stress was something I was really curious about and something I wanted to manage it. I want to manage it because I usually get stress and I don’t know how to manage it. This will definitely affect teenagers because stress is something that people will definitely experience and it will be something hard to manage and it will cause more in other affects. This also  be something that affect t me.

For teenagers, many people say that these stress them out:

amount of people/percentage

  • Homework/ classroom school stuff – 135/ 55%
  • Parent family – 37//15%
  • Social life – 22//9%
  • Time – 20//8%
  • Sports – 10//4%
  • Others – 22//9%

From the research base, there are many disease when stress get worse. For example:

  • Heart diseases
  • sleep problems
  • weight problems
  • digestive problems
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Other kinds of pain
  • skin condition

These are really something that will happen and this is from stressing out! I didn’t know at all, until I researched and found out about it.

These disease are scary and it comes from stress. But there is a way to figure it out before it leads to this kinds of diseases. This will be signs and symptoms. The first one is when someone got moody, depressed or sadness. This shows that something is happening and usually it is because of the stress. the second one is when someone is pressured, hurried, or to hussled. This can cause more high level of stress. Some of the physical symptoms are stomach problem, headache, and chest pain.

Here it comes, the most important part of the stress topic. How to manage stress. I was pretty into this research so these are the things I found about how to manage it. These are the things to manage stress:

 

  • Physical activities
  • Have a someone to talk with
  • Eat healthy
  • Sleep well
  • Having a relaxing time
  • Think realistically
  • Think positive

From these things, I think that stress is something that are not always bad. At least that is what it says in the internet research. There is a good parts it is just not common thing. I am not sure if the managements work but I really want to try it out to see if my stress really works. I think this stress research helped me to have more better understanding of the “cause of stress”.  This includes everything here, the diseases, the management and things that normal teenagers are stressed about it. My thinking changed while doing this experiment by finding out about the different diseases and I learned that stressing out is something I need to be careful about it and that it causes to many different kinds of diseases. Over all, I think that stress is something I should be careful about, but I shouldn’t just remove all the stress because sometimes it helps me to have a good organization, Which is a good thing.

 

This picture shows that this student is into stress because of its school work and getting moody about it.


Effects of Phone Usage by Silvana

I chose this issue because it is very common to teenagers around the world. I also chose this topic because I am also guilty on being on my phone too much this is also why I connected to it. This expanded my learning because it can affect more than just our social skills. This is important to know because people suffer from many things that include using their phones. People should understand that using their phones cannot only affect themselves but others around them. This affects teenagers because teenagers are mostly the people who are on their phone daily. If teens continue to lurk, or use their phones excessively it could create a big problem in school and much more.

As I researched into this topic I understood how it was not only affecting our eyes and our social skills but also affecting our brains as well as our immune system. I also learned that because of the dirt and oil build up on our phone, it can be dirtier than the toilet seat.

All in all I think cell phones are both good and bad. The pros of cell phones are that you can easily communicate with loved ones overseas, you can capture memories while taking a picture, and you are able to research about everything. Although it is also bad because most of the day we are just staring at little white screens with no one to talk to but the cell phone. Our generation has been caught up on cell phones because it is so easy to bring around and just to communicate with it, but we can’t see how it affects us in our brains as well as our social skills.

My thinking has changed because now I am more aware on how I use my phone, and this also applies to wellness because we learned what using our phones can do to us in the second unit.

In this picture you see how the older children are caught up doing whatever it is on their phone while that little boy is taking the time to learn something new. The saddest thing is, is that this is rarely seen. Because in what we see children younger than him are already addicts to cell phones, iPads etc.

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Bulimia Nervosa: By- Reva

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Most of the time, when people think of an eating disorder, they picture extremely thin, or underweight people, which is why this particular eating disorder is so dangerous.

To start with, the reason I chose this topic, was because, ever since January of 2014, I had become interested in learning about mental illnesses, just because it was something I was always interested in researching about. The ones that I know the most about however, are mainly schizophrenia and eating disorders. Another reason I chose this topic, was because I believe that not enough people are aware of the dangers of this disorder, and I’m hoping that by talking about this, that it will spread some sort of awareness.

I think that this issue is important, because half of the time, especially with cases of bulimia, it goes unnoticed. This is also because of what I mentioned earlier; it is harder to spot bulimia, than anorexia or BED (Binge Eating Disorder). Another thing is  that this affects people of our age group, since the majority sufferers of bulimia are in their early teens or are young adults.

Bulimia is essentially an eating disorder that involves frequent episodes of binge eating (overeating to a very unhealthy extent), and then purging (to get rid of the food in some way). Purging mainly involves self-induced vomiting, taking laxatives, or frantic exercise, and many other ways. This may sound extreme, but unfortunately it is the case with a lot of people.

This is basically how the ‘binge-purge cycle works: For sufferers of bulimia, their lives are basically made up of the constant desire and obsession to lose weight or stay thin, and therefore the overwhelming need to binge. What normally happens with this cycle is that, bulimics first go on a strict diet which then leads to craving food, which then leads to binging, and then purging to avoid gaining weight. After that, the sufferer will normally feel ashamed or disgusted with themselves. This may come as a shock, but the truth is, that purging does not prevent weight gain (which is also why this disorder goes so easily unnoticed). After the person has consumed an abnormally large amount of calories, their bodies would have already absorbed the majority of them, so when they got rid of the food, it wouldn’t completely get rid of all of it.

There are some causes of this disorder, and a main one that I will be addressing. First of all, the media. The media has so much to do with what young girls and boys are looking up to, and most of it out there, these days, is not realistic, and can completely shatter self esteem and body image. This image would be a perfect example. This has changed my thinking so much about how careful we should be with what we show and act like in front of younger children, because they will follow. This goes out especially to parents, since they might be weight conscious, which is totally okay. But kids should not be exposed to that kind of stuff, since that can lead to harmful behaviour or even an eating disorder such as this one. Also, poor body image, low-self esteem, history of trauma or abuse, and major life changes can also be causes of having bulimia. Another thing is, ‘pro mia/ana’ sites. These are basically websites on the internet (available to anyone) promoting eating disorders. Mia stands for bulimia and ana stands for anorexia. These websites give ‘tips and tricks’ on how to ‘become’ bulimic or anorexic. They can sometimes be popup advertisements, which I have been unfortunate enough to see, and they are absolutely horrendous.

For a person who is binge eating, these signs will most likely be noticed. Lack of control over eating, secrecy over eating and food, eating unusually large amounts of food, disappearance of food, and alternating between overeating, and fasting. Some signs of someone who is purging are, going to the bathroom after meals, using laxatives, smell of vomit, and excessive exercising. These signs are less obvious, but there are some physical ones as well, such as, scars on the knuckles (caused by sticking fingers down throat to induce vomiting), swollen or puffy cheeks caused by throwing up, discoloured teeth, and lastly, frequent fluctuates in weight. People who have bulimia, will mostly likely not be underweight, but will be a normal to slightly over weight. 

All in all, I think that even though this disorder is dangerous and scary at times, awareness does need to be spread over it, because it is a genuine and serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Progeria by Janna

What is Progeria?

Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome “Progeria” or “HGPS” is a rare, deadly genetic condition characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children.  Its name is derived from Greek means “prematurely old.”  While there are different forms of Progeria, the original type is HGPS. Other Progeroid syndromes include Werner’s syndrome, also known as “adult progeria” which does not have an onset until the late teen years, with a lifespan into the 40’s and 50’s. 90% of children with Progeria have a mutation on the gene that encodes Lamin A, a protein that holds the nucleus of the cell together. It is believed that the defective Lamin A protein makes the nucleus unstable. This instability seems to lead to the process of premature aging among Progeria patients. Progeria appears to occur without cause – it is not seen in siblings of affected children. In extremely rare cases more than one child in the same family may have the condition. Also Progeria is hereditary.

What are the characteristics of Progeria?

In Progeria patients, the cell nucleus has dramatically aberrant morphology. Children with Progeria are born looking healthy. When they are about 10 to 24 months old, features of accelerated aging start to appear. Signs of Progeria may include:

  • Growth failure
  • Loss of body fat
  • Loss of hair
  • Skin starts to look aged
  • Stiffness in the joints
  • Hip dislocation
  • Cardio and heart disease
  • Stroke 

Although they may come from varying ethnic backgrounds, children with Progeria have a surprisingly similar appearance. Progeria patients generally die between the ages of 8 and 21 – with the average age being only 13.

How does HGPS Affect Us?

I have no relationship with anybody diagnosed with HGPS, and although this does not effect me and maybe even some people in this classroom. It affects the people surrounding killing them at an early age. And without an personal relationship with many people I feel that HGPS is unappreciated.

Lung Cancer- Pavan

Why Did I Choose This Topic?

I chose this topic because I felt that many people are aware of lung cancer but don’t really know it affects them. It is a very difficult disease to cure and very hard to prevent from spreading. Lung cancer happens to be the most common cancer in the world.

About Lung Cancer:

Lung cancer originates in the lungs, but can spread to other parts of the body. Cancer that begins elsewhere but spreads to the lungs is not lung cancer.According to the U.S Centers For Disease Control (CDC), lung cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in the United States. Nonsmokers can get lung cancer too, but smoking is the leading cause. In the past few decades, the rate of lung cancer has fallen at about the same rate as cigarette smoking.

Who Gets It and Why?

Anyone can get lung cancer, but certain factors put you at greater risk. Smoking is the number one risk factor. You are also at increased risk if you have a family history of lung cancer, especially a parent or sibling.Other dangers include exposure to secondhand smoke, radon gas, or asbestos. Substances like arsenic, nickel, and chromium can also pose a risk

Relevancy To Teens?

Many teenagers are beginning to smoke now due to various reasons. One of the main ones is peer pressure. Teenage is a delicate phase, and it’s easier to give in to temptations and peer pressure, especially about smoking. Thus it is important to always be strong with your decision and avoid going towards poeple who smoke.

Why Do The Lungs Look Black?

As you can see in the picture below  the smoker’s lungs look dark and blackish. The reason for this is Under the microscope, with this high magnification, you can actually see the black and brown engulfed particles in the alveolar scavenger cells. These scavenger cells are engulfed with  particles of impurities and debris. Each time the smoker was inhaling the chemicals they were getting gathered up in the scavenger cells

Cures?

There are 3 main cures for lung cancer, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. You may have an operation to remove the tumor and the surrounding tissue. This may mean that the surgeon may remove a part of the lower lung, or the whole lung. Radio therapy is is therapy using ionizing radiation, generally as part of cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells. Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells, and most of it is through injections or drips.

Symptoms:

People with early stage lung cancer are often unaware that anything is wrong. As the cancer grows, a chronic cough may develop. Smokers may notice a change in their “smoker’s cough” or may start coughing up blood. Many patients report hoarseness, wheezing, and frequent shortness of breath. You may also experience chest pain, bone pain, or headache.

What Did I Learn?

I learned several things whilst researching on this topic. One of the main things was why the lungs itself  becomes very black and dark. I also had the oppurtunity in class to actually see a mini model on how a smoker’s lungs looked like and that helped me get a better understanding on the cancer cells, and the lungs itself. I also became more aware of other types of cancer which is also very deadly and dangerous. Lung cancer made me become more aware of this situation and I was able to understand how dangerous it is to breathe into these hazardous chemicals.

How to Help Prevent Lung Cancer:

Dont Smoke. If you never smoked then don’t start. Talk to your children and friends about it so that they will also be more aware of this situation.

Avoid secondhand smoke. If you live or work with a smoker, urge him or her to quit. At the very least, ask him or her to smoke outside. If you walk into a group in which people are smoking just cover your mouth and nose and walk past them quickly.

Test your home for radon. Have the radon levels in your home checked, especially if you live in an area where radon is known to be a problem. High radon levels can be remedied to make your home safer.

Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables. Choose a healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Food sources of vitamins and nutrients are best. Avoid taking large doses of vitamins in pill form, as they may be harmful. For instance, researchers hoping to reduce the risk of lung cancer in heavy smokers gave them beta carotene supplements.

 

 

 

Panic Attack – Sanjana

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My Topic for health buzz is Panic Attacks.

The Reason I chose this topic because my mom was diagnosed with A Panic attack. She had to go to the hospital for regular check ups and sometimes even stayed there. I Soon wanted to know the causes and how she got them, but i gave up. Now i have the chance to tell you, how a panic attack can occur at any point.  So, Many people have faced stress in their life from time to time. Its natural and normal for anyone to get it. I have faced it as well, But this could lead you into having a panic attack, which usually stays in you once you get it.

A Panic Attack is a rush of intense physical symptoms. These symptoms of panic can be frightening and happen suddenly, often not for a clear reason.

What causes Panic attacks? Technically anxiety and panic, to a certain extent, are a necessary part of our survival. However, when levels become so high that they undermine our thought processes, we naturally become afraid of them. Our brains receive a massive surge of nervous signals designed to warn us of imminent danger. The Amygdala, a part of the brain, is activated. The Amygdala controls our anxious responses.

A few people have their Amygdala react with anxiety when there is no imminent danger, making it much more likely that they will experience high anxiety and panic attacks.

The Symptoms of Panic Attacks:

When we are given the signal to react with anxiety we produce Adrenaline (epinephrine). Adrenaline is released in the Adrenal Glands. Some people call adrenaline the “fight or flight” hormone. A release of adrenaline into your system can lead you to:

  • Shortness of breath or hyperventilation.
  • Heart palpitations or a racing heart.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Choking feeling.
  • Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings.
  • Sweating.
  • Nausea or upset stomach.

How to Prevent A Panic Attack?

The following simple suggestions that may help you prevent panic attacks:

  • Learn relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and muscle stretches –Search up some to help you–
  • Eat regular meals to stabilise your blood sugar levels.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking – these can make panic attacks worse.

Important:  Should you see your doctor about panic attacks?  

A panic attack “can” make you feel like you’re about to die but it’s mostly harmless once the symptoms pass. But, in some cases, you may need medical advice.

Seek medical advice if:

  • Your panic attack continues after following these breathing techniques for 20 minutes.
  • You still feel unwell after your breathing returns to normal.
  • You still have a rapid or irregular heartbeat or chest pains after your panic attack.
  • You regularly have panic attacks, as this could be a sign that you have A panic disorder.  

So now i hope you understand that stress is not going to last for an hour or so.. and can lead you into great danger. Try using some of those tips to help you prevent them, which i personally would not want to get. Hope you didn’t get too.. bored!

Thank you!