Over the years there have been rumors and speculation that the radiation from cellphones could potentially be causing brain tumors. This rumor is thankfully false. A report from “Presidents Cancer Panel” found no evidence linking cell phone radiation to malignancies. Actually, since 1991 talking on the cellphone has increased by six times. Since that time the number of brain cancer incidences has been cut in half.
According to “cancer.org” since cell phones in the 90’s used to have antenna’s they gave off the strongest RF waves. There have been study links to these types of phones not only causing brain cancer, but skin and testicular cancer as well. To test this in the lab it was studied on Animals as well as people. It was found by this article that the waves given off from the phone aren’t quite strong enough to damage DNA. Because of this there is no proof that cell phones cause cancer so it is supported that the RF waves do not cause tissue or DNA damage.
Source 1: http://www.alternet.org/culture/14-common-beliefs-turn-out-be-false-and-5-myths-stand-science
Source 2: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/cellular-phones
There have been multiple speculations that watching TV too long or too much hurts your eyesight. This article is all about myth busting and solving and researching rumors that people have said to be true. This article confirms that watching TV too closely or too long cannot permanently damage your eyesight. Although it cannot cause permanent damage there is still the chance of a minor headache or tired eyes. This was just a myth that many people believe to have been true as well as myself. My mother always used to tell me if I watch TV too much it will cause damage to my eyes. I’m not sure if she was just trying to scare me or if she actually thought it was true.
According to this ophthalmology article watching TV too close wont cause damage to your eyes but if being watched in the dark it can cause eyestrain. Eyestrain can be as small and simple as blurred vision or just simple pain around the eyes. It is said to be more of a child habit that we eventually grow out of. There is no evidence of this being true so scientists must call it a myth.
Source 1: http://www.rnib.org.uk/nb-online/busting-myths-around-eyesight
Source 2: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/ask-ophthalmologist-q/can-close-tv-viewing-damage-eyes
Adderall is a common pill used by college students to help them study for exams or just focus in general. Obviously it is a prescribed drug so these students should not have access to them. In my time being in college I have experienced multiple people obtaining this drug in thoughts of studying better. I thought to myself, how can someone put a pill down their throat when they aren’t prescribed or needed? This is a pill for people that have a serious diagnosed condition such as ADHD. What I discovered, which most students do not know is that their are actually some horrible side effects from taking this drug. This article says that anyone taking the drug that is not prescribed can encounter fast, pounding, uneven heartbeats and burning during urination. The list goes on about what can happen if you take this drug when not prescribed.
I believe that if so many students are obtaining these drugs so easily then this needs to be enforced a lot more heavily. Also if students think they need it so badly, why not go get tested for these disorders themselves? There are perfect alternates to keep you awake such as caffeine pills and energy drinks. I do not know what the world has come to that college students have to illegally obtain these drugs to study.
Source 1: http://www.rxlist.com/adderall-side-effects-drug-center.htm
Source 2: https://www.drugs.com/adderall.html
Diabetes is a horrible disease that 29.1 million people worldwide suffer from. Diabetes often receives the stereotype that it is a disease for obese people. This stereotype is very wrong in many ways. First of all there are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. My younger brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 6 years ago at the age of 8. He is far from obese and according to “diabetesresearch.org” it is unknown but all signs point to genetics. My grandmother also had type 1 diabetes and that somewhat clarifies that my younger brother got it genetically.
Diabetes is a disease where your pancreas stops producing insulin causing your blood sugar to rise or drop drastically. Unfortunately, the disease is incurable at the moment but there are different ways to maintain your blood sugar. My brother uses a device called an insulin pump which pumps the amount of insulin into your blood by choosing how much and when. The other way to maintain it is by taking shots every time your blood sugar rises. Blood sugar can rise from eating carbohydrates and sugar. Every food contains carbs so insulin must be pumped after every meal. This disease is no joke and you can easily go into a coma or die if it is not maintained properly.
Although the cause is not for certain it is believed by researches that it is completely genetic. You do not have to be born with the disease even though some are. This trustworthy article states that it has to do with your genes and that all research points to diabetes being genetically diagnosed.
Source 1: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/type-1-diabetes
Source 2: http://www.jdrf.org/about/fact-sheets/type-1-diabetes-facts/
When the word addiction comes to mind most people think of cigarettes, gambling, or drugs. A serious question to ask is, how long after trying one of these addictive substances does it take to actually become fully addicted. According to this Article from quitsmoking.com it can take as long as one day to become addicted to cigarettes. A big factor that decides how fast someone can get hooked is their type of personality. According to “webmd.com” addictive personalities are usually genetic. This amazes me simply because a lot of colleagues of mine say that some of their parents have addictive personalities.
Being addicted to any type of substance or behavior is not particularly a good thing. This can cause major issues such as hospitalization, rehabilitation, and even death. The scary thing is how fast it can happen and you wont even realize. Addiction is a major crisis in the world today and there are multiple hotlines, rehabs, and other sources that can help you through it. It is just crazy to think you want to try something once due to peer pressure or just personal reasons and the next thing you know you are in rehab or dead.
Source 1: http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/howlong.htm
Source 2: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/features/do-you-have-addictive-personality
Hey everyone, my name is Anthony Trobiano. I am from a very small and interesting town in Bergen County, New Jersey called Ho-Ho-Kus. For those of you who have never heard of it (everyone) it is a 2 square-mile borough, 15 minutes away from the city. I grew up in a sports household being forced to play three sports a year from the age of 5. I started out playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. Sports were and currently still are my life. After middle school, I decided to attend a private, all boys, highly sports competitive high school called Bergen Catholic. Here you can find a video summarizing what brotherhood meant at my school. I pursued soccer at Bergen and also picked up indoor and outdoor Track and Field. As well as playing sports I enjoy watching them just as much. I am huge fans of the New York Giants, Yankees, and Brooklyn Nets. In my free time I enjoy going to the west fields here and playing pick-up soccer through an app called first take. This app, created by a Penn State senior, allows students to check into pick up games of all sports. I am currently a Freshman who belongs to the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Although I am undecided I know I want to go into the business field.
Why am I pursuing a business major over a science?
I always get asked to question “Why are you doing business, you’re just like everyone else?” The truth behind the matter is that it has been my dream since a child to work in a stock market related field. My grandfather was the first person to show me how it worked when I was about eight years old. Ever since then I have just been so fascinated with the stock market and making money. With that being said I have absolutely nothing bad to say about science. Math and science were my two favorite subjects in school. I find science to be the most fascinating subject to study and learn. Just about everything in this universe will relate back to science. Over the years we have found out so many new things from new species to vaccines. As time goes by we are only going to discover new things, but the funny thing is there will always be more to find. Scientists, doctors, and researchers are some of the most important jobs in this world and they will only continue to help the world a better place.
Why am I taking this course?
I am taking this course for multiple, incredibly important reasons. When I came to New Student Orientation I had no idea this course even existed or what it was. My academic adviser recommended I look at the description for it was an interested course that he thought I would enjoy based on my high school science grades. Although this class isn’t like biology, chemistry or physics, it caught my eye when it said real life problems relating back to science. This is something that really got my attention because I like science but am not required to take any courses based on my major. This course is perfect because although i’m not a form of science major I can talk about anything that related back to science. For instance, since I enjoy business and sports so much I can easily blog about it and learn how they relate back to science.
I feel as if this year is not only going to be interesting but will benefit me most in the real world. This is something that I look for in a gen ed and so far I could not be happier with SC200. Looking at the schedule all of the topics interest me and I cannot wait to learn about them. Here’s to a good year and lets make the most of it. Here is a link stating five scientific reasons a zombie Apocalypse could happen :). Thanks for reading my blog and lets have a great year.