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Program Content for June 17, 2015

Read the article “Study: Acid-reflux drugs unsafe for heart” on page A4 of the Friday, June 12, 2015 edition of The Seattle Times.

 

Pre-reading and Vocabulary: Define each term and then use it in a sentence to demonstrate your understanding.

1.     reflux

2.     algorithm

3.     cardiovascular

4.     inhibitor

 

Comprehension Questions

1.     What did a recent analysis of millions of electronic health records reveal about certain acid-reflux medications?  

2.     What does GERD stand for?  

3.     Which type of drug was found to be more harmful; proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers?  Support your answer with evidence.  

4.     What does “data mining” allow doctors to be able to do?  

5.     What did research on acid-reflux drugs demonstrate in mouse models and human cultures?  

6.     Why is the inability of blood vessels to be able to relax a concern?  

7.     Why should the recent findings of this study be of concern to consumers?  

8.     What is one concern with data mining?  

9.     What are two possible flaws in this data mining study that could have led to inaccurate results?  

 

Prompts and Extensions

1.     What is gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)?  Complete outside research to answer this question.  What are the symptoms? What are the treatments?  How many people are impacted?

2.     After reading this article would you recommend that someone suffering from GERD take a proton pump inhibitor medication to relieve their symptoms?  Support your answer using evidence from the article.

3.     Watch this video and read the associated article to learn about ways to naturally treat GERD without medications.

 

Program Content for June 10, 2015

Read the article “Single test for all virus exposure opens doors for researcherson page A3 of the Friday, June 5, 2015 edition of The Seattle Times.

 

Pre-reading and Vocabulary: Define each term and then use it in a sentence to demonstrate your understanding.

1.     virus

2.     antibody

3.     immune

4.     vaccine

5.     cancer

 

Comprehension Questions

1.     What are scientists now able to do with a test that uses less than a drop of blood?  

2.     How much does the new blood test cost?  

3.     What are some possible uses for the newly developed blood test?  List at least 2.

4.     How many different viruses can the blood test detect?  

5.     How does the blood test work?  

6.     How many different species of virus had most people taking the blood test been exposed to?  

7.     How did patterns of virus exposure differ from continent to continent?  

8.     What are two ‘real-world’ ways this blood test could be used?  

9.     What are two autoimmune diseases that could be affected by the type of antibodies a person has?

10.  How could this new blood test help answer questions about cancer?  

11.  What were two surprises revealed by the blood test?  

12.  What is one limitation of the new blood test?  

 

Prompts and Extensions

1.     Listen to this news story about the new blood test and hear from the leading scientist, Dr. Elledge, who developed and took the test himself.

2.     Learn more about how the immune system works and makes antibodies.  Watch this video clip when finished, then take this quiz to test your knowledge.

3.     Complete outside research on the virus of your choosing.  Report back on the symptoms, treatments, how the virus spreads, what it looks like, and more.  Start your research here on one of the following viruses. Viruses -  Influenza (flu), Avian influenza, Genital Herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus), Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  

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Program Content for June 3, 2015

Read the article “Increase in water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths” on page A6 of the Sunday, May 31, 2015 edition of The Seattle Times.

 

Pre-reading and Vocabulary: Define each term and then use it in a sentence to demonstrate your understanding.

1.      necropsy

2.      algae

3.      brackish

4.      estuary

5.      paralyzed

 

Comprehension Questions 

1.      Why have hundreds of small turtles washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the past month?  

2.      What is saxitoxin?  

3.      How does saxitoxin enter a turtle’s body?  

4.      Once saxitoxin enters terrapins bodies what effect does it have?  

5.      What impact does saxitoxin have on humans?  

6.      How frequently are humans affected by saxitoxin?  

7.      What tests are being completed to confirm that the turtles died of saxitoxin?  

8.      Why might saxitoxin levels be increasing in waterways?  

9.      Why might the damage already done to the diamondback terrapin have long-term consequences?  

 

Prompts and Extensions 

1.      The second paragraph of this article describes how saxitoxin enters the bodies of turtles.  Construct/draw a food chain that represents this series of events.

2.      Complete outside research to learn more about diamondback terrapins.  Following your research complete a report on this turtle’s diet, habitat, reproductive cycle, and role in its environment.  Start your research here and continue at the link below.

3.      Visit Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons website to learn more about what this organization does and how you may be able to get involved to help save turtles in Long Island or your community.

  

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