Survival of the Sickest, by Dr. Sharon Moalem, is a book that reveals the origins of some modern diseases that beset us today. It explains how these sicknesses have been passed on for so many generations, and the impacts they have had on humanity, thus shedding a new light on them. By reading this book, much can be learned from the many different infections the author wrote about. However, hemochromatosis, diabetes, and progeria most exemplify how such terrible diseases worldwide could have provided evolutionary advantages for our ancestors. Hemochromatosis, an inherited disease, is a condition in which the body produces excess iron thinking there isn’t enough iron in the intestines, even though there is. Typically, “when your body detects that it has sufficient iron in the blood, it reduces the amount of iron absorbed by your …show more content…
In addition, it was helpful to women since the extra iron prevented anemia, which let them reproduce more. These evolutionary advantages eventually lead to the disease spreading all throughout Northern and Western Europe. According to Dr. Moalem, research was done to prove these theories about the evolutionary advantage of hemochromatosis were correct. In one experiment, “macrophages from people who had hemochromatosis and macrophages from people who did not were matched against bacteria in separate dishes to test their killing ability. The hemochromatic macrophages crushed the bacteria—they are thought to be significantly better at combating bacteria by limiting the availability of iron than the nonhemochromatic macrophages,” (pages 13-14). This shows that by using the scientific method to set up an experiment, and test an idea, scientists were able to prove that Dr. Moalem’s theory on the evolutionary advantage of hemochromatosis is correct. Armand Trousseau first reported the disease in 1865, but until 1996 it was considered very uncommon. In 1996, the primary gene that causes the mutation was tested and soon scientists found out
Becoming educated and learning new information gives me more of a support to base my year off of it, but I encourage myself to be open minded and challenge myself with anything thrown my way. Learning about such a phenomenon not only fascinates me in the science behind finding cures for diseases and medicine, but also remind me of the simple lessons in life such as it is a wrong doing to ever take someone else’s property without permission and not even giving credit. This book has given an extension to my understanding of biology and I cannot wait to learn
Hi Emily, Thank you for the wonderful update on Black Death, So, the Black Death had the unintended consequences of leaving Europe with a much healthier and more disease-resistant population and a much stronger economic situation, which might go part of the way to explaining why they were able to colonize the globe ahead of some other group. Unfortunately, the same thing is happening with today's germs and bacteria! Descendants of those exposed to things that can kill them are now and progressively stronger, even in the face of major threats to health, such as repeated plague outbreaks, several generations of people who lived after the Black Death were healthier in general than people who lived before the epidemic, why? " By targeting frail
I also could not understand where on earth I could have contracted this disease. Then I realized, I had a blood transfusion as a child while having surgery. After a few years passed, I became pregnant with twins and the realization set in. My daughter
One Survivor Remembers Discussion Questions 1. The scenes and images that were most powerful to me were the first scene and the last scenes. The first scene showed the aftermath of the death marches, and all of the bodies of the women who lost their lives. The last scenes featured the women after the Nazis abandoned them and them on the march itself. These scenes were very powerful because they made me think about the horrors those women had to endure.
The story would be very different if it was set in another time or place because of various reasons. Depending on the era, the Loser’s Club, which is comprised of the seven main characters in the story, would probably be much safer, have different ideologies or have different personalities overall. If the story would have been set in a time when the human race has established colonies all over the galaxy, readers would most likely find them to have different fears. This alteration would reshape the story significantly as the concept of the ways IT does to terrorise the children stems from his preferred false appearance, Pennywise the dancing clown.
Humans have fought against many diseases throughout history. Scientist have performed excitements on various test subjects to gather information on how to fight disease. Many of the test subjects had questionable morals and ethics surrounding them, such as HeLa cells. In Rebecca Skloot’s contemporary biography, The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot revealed with appeals to ethics the complex story over Henrietta’s cells. Skloot gave a cautionary piece of history of how racism and dissocia in the scientific community harmed a family.
"The Girl Who Survived" by Carol Bierman and Bronia Brandman. This book is about a family who went into hiding during the holocaust. Bronia starts of at the age of nine years old and ends up being the only one out of her family to survive. Bronia along with Mila, Mendek, and Bonzeka are the main characters in this book. The story was about the family and unsuspected new friends and what they experienced long the way.
If I was in Zombie Apocalypse. I would pick my best friend, Nick Redgrave to be my survival partner. We would go and find the nearest weapon we can find and head our way to the cafeteria. Find some better weapons, get some food, water, supplies like flashlights, batteries, water bottles, and find a magazines and taping up around our forearms to prevent from any zombies bites. Me and Nick would find our way to the safest place to be on campus.
End of Ebola Death is one of the biggest fears of humans. In world history, only a few diseases have killed countless people and threatened humanity. A few diseases such as smallpox, influenza, and S.A.R.S. have been a problem in the past. The waves of deadly diseases did not stop there, but a new disease called Ebola was introduced not too long ago. More than 23,200 people from Africa have died, and still more counting worldwide.
Psychosocial Advances in Oncology Research and Practice In the 1800’s, a cancer diagnosis was viewed as the equivalent of death (Holland, 2002). In this day and age, there was no known cause or cure, and it was considered inhumane to reveal the diagnosis to the patient. In a constantly changing and advancing society, this ideology was transformed as the result of an accumulation of technological advances, education, and research initiative. This led to the acceptance of the notion of cancer worldwide.
A car wreck is terrifying. The crash is sudden,abrupt, and powerful, leaving a person helpless to the car’s force, with little to no time to react. If someone has been in a car wreck, they will be more empathetic to other victims, and may even be led to help others that have been in the same situation. The persons may even take the experience a step further and try their hardest to prevent another incident. Empathy is the link from person to person, offering more feeling towards another predicament than any other emotion.
Genetic counselling ethical issues in management of hemoglobinopathies Q1 describe the risk assessment in genetic counselling A1. Hereditary counselling is essentially the most central angle that can help patients in different ways it not just covers the zones of fitting and right determination additionally administration and steady treatment. essentially a hereditary guide is a man who connects with the patient and assists them with comprehension the upsides and downsides of the issue that the patient may be enduring subsequently this permits the patient to settle on the right choices in the opportune time which permit the patient to avert unanticipated outcomes. despite the fact that occasionally hereditary issue are not anticipated if
Sexually Transmitted Diseases An Evolutionary View Child Development https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-we-do-it/201510/sexually-transmitted-diseases-evolutionary-view Sexual Transmitted Disease are infections through sexual contact, caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Many STIs are spread through contact with infected body fluids such as blood, vaginal fluids, or semen. They can also be spread through contact with infected skin or mucous membranes, such as sores in the mouth. You may be exposed to infected body fluids and skin through vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Coping strategies play a key role in the reduction of cyber victimization instances (Tokunaga, 2010; Price & Dalgleish, 2010). Even though at times it becomes difficult to distinguish among the conceivable protective measures as they are impacted by variables like age, developmental needs, gender and also. Still, the structure can be identified that the victimization takes, be it direct or indirect. Certain protective measures and coping strategies have been identified to help cushion from the negative impact of cyber victimization are described below: ● Emotional Coping: In spite of the apparent viability of this coping method, the prevalence (and preference) of this conduct has been demonstrated to differ impressively crosswise over studies.