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Our cSw Chief Editor, Katie McCreedy, has been selected by the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE) as their 2016 Personal Essay Bronze Medalist. Katie wrote about her experiences as a young student taking NJ Transit. She noted that passengers are less willing to engage in conversation, making it even more important to value personal relationships.
Bret Silverstein, one of our staff writers and a junior at the Academy of...
cSw staffer Tiffany Zhou has been accepted as an intern for NJ Assemblyman Dan Benson. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, has a STEM education in physics, and has sponsored several STEM-related bills. Her work will mostly focus on reviewing STEM policy to help the Assemblyman work on new bills.
Wendy Wu, cSw author/editor, was recently selected to be part of the Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots National Youth Leadership Council. The Roots and Shoots National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), a program of the Jane Goodall Institute USA (JGI), is made up of a passionate group of young people from around the United States who are dedicated to making positive change happen in their communities–for people, animals, and the environment.
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- Listen up! Fruit Flies Key to Hearing Loss Research
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- Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease: Could Camels Carry the Cure?
- Golden Retrievers: Man’s Best Solution for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is largely responsible for irreversible hearing damage. NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to a loud sound or continued exposure to high-decibel noises. Researchers at the University of Iowa are now turning to the common fruit fly to study and combat NIHL in humans. The fruit fly is the ideal animal model because the molecular structure of its ear is more similar to humans than that of rats or guinea pigs, meaning tests on fruit flies yield more accurate results.
Many elderly people suffer from osteoporosis, the significant bone loss that can increase the risk of fracture. This disease affects more than 10 million Americans and is the underlying cause behind 1.5 million fractures every year. Rather than develop osteoporosis, black bears’ bodies have made evolutionary adjustments to prevent bone loss during disuse and a team of research scientists have been investigating the secret behind the integrity of bears’ bones.
Every four in 10,000 people in the United States have dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes the left ventricle of the heart to become enlarged. Turkey hearts can serve as a model for the human heart as it undergoes heart failure and cardiomyopathy because their hearts are very similar. By countering a mutated form of cardiac muscle protein with another form of mutated protein, a heart’s normal condition can be restored.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a form of dementia that results in memory loss and the decline in other cognitive functions. Scientists have recently discovered nanobodies in camels that can possibly serve as transporters to deliver medicine directly to the brains of patients suffering with Alzheimer’s.
The cause of DMD, a degenerative disorder that affects nearly 1 in 3,500 male babies, has been attributed to a lack of dystrophin protein. Due to the dystrophin gene’s location on the X chromosome, males, who need only one copy of the gene to contract DMD, are twice as likely to be diagnosed with it as females. Despite valiant efforts, no cure for DMD currently exists. Scientists now think that hope may lie within a common friend – the golden retriever.