REFLECTION

   I am a week away to finish this semester. But, I still have a lot to do. Such as, turning in all my final papers, studying for the exam and taking my finals are some of the things I should do. What is interesting in this semester is that, I tried to take three science classes at the same time and they blow my mind off. Microbiology course was the toughest for me Because, there was much paperwork, lab, experiment and studying most of the microorganisms makes this course very difficult. At the same time, it was very interesting. Because, it challenged me intellectually and I had a chance to go out of the school, collect a sample and do an experiment. Wow….what an experience. I made it this far in microbiology class because, I had a good professor who has more than enough experience to teach and lead us to a better grade. I am grateful to have her as my professor and I would like to appreciate her for the experience that she shares with us. Thank you. Dr. V.

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INVESTIGATION

       As we all know microorganisms are everywhere. They can be in the air, water, soil and in any particles. All microbes are not pathogenic for humans, but some are pathogenic and even deadly. Recently my brother in law got sick and he went to the hospital for a checkup, after his Dr. examine him and with all the lab result, he is diagnosed with acute bronchitis. His diagnosis lead me to investigate what causes his disease?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Usually acute bronchitis caused by virus, but bacteria can also a cause of bronchitis. These virus or bacteria can cause inflammation or infection to the bronchial tubes.

Signs and symptoms of acute bronchitis include sore throat, fatigue (tiredness), fever, body aches, stuffy or runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea. But the main symptom is that a persistent cough.

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ebola outbreak

      Ebola virus is one of the most deadliest virus in the world, it can kill 90% of those infected. according to CNN the Ebola outbreak in coastal West Africa is still contained to Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization announced Tuesday, despite rumors of the virus spreading to other countries.

Cases have been reported in Sierra Leone, Mali and Ghana, but the WHO says none has been confirmed. Rumored cases in Mali are still being investigated.

The number of suspected cases in Guinea has grown to 157, with 101 deaths. Sixty-seven have been confirmed as Ebola. In Liberia, 21 cases have been reported, including 10 deaths. Five of the cases have been confirmed as Ebola.

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WHO (world health organization): Key facts of ebola

  • The Ebola virus causes Ebola virus disease (EVD; formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) in humans.
  • EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
  • EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
  • No specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

Reference

       WHO: Ebola outbreak one of ‘most challenging’ – CNN.com. (n.d.).

                   Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/08/health/africa-ebola/

      WHO | Ebola virus disease. (2014, March).

                  Retrieved April 2014, from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

 

Funny words……

BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

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404: Someone who’s clueless. From the World Wide Web error message “404 Not Found,” meaning that the requested document could not be located.

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 Bumfuzzle: confuse; perplex; fluster.

Example: “Irish can bumfuzzle any team”

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Reference

Top Ten Lists – Merriam-Webster Online. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/top-10-funny-sounding-and-interesting-words/bumfuzzle.html

INVESTIGATION

SPLEEN

     Today, when I attended my microbiology class, I learned a lot of things. One thing struck me in particular. My professor asked a question about the function of the spleen. I had no idea what it did. I knew that it is somewhere in our body, but that was the only information I knew about it. This led me to investigate the location and the detail function of the spleen.

It is an organ which is located in the upper far left part of the abdomen and its commonly fist shaped, purple and about 4 inches long. Most of us think the spleen has less role in our body, but the spleen has many important functions just like any other organ.

The function of the spleen includes: filtration of the blood as part of the immune system, recycling old red blood cells, storage site for platelets and white blood cells are stored there. Another function of the spleen is that, it helps fight certain kinds of bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis.

EAT HEALTHY

   When you want a snack, what do you usually grab to eat? whatever “it” is can say a lot about what nutrients your body is craving! check out the chart below.

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reference– stepintomygreenworld.com

New words – 2014

CUBANIZATION:  a situation where cars are kept for many years and people rarely purchase a new one

If we push too hard, we risk Cubanization of the fleet, where it is better to keep old cars than buy expensive new ones.

BIOARTIFICAL:   created using cells and biological materials.

Dr. D’Lima […] has already made bioartificial cartilage in cow tissue, modifying an old inkjet printer to put down layer after layer of a gel containing living cells.

BIOPRINTING: the process of printing layers of cells to create tissue

At labs around the world, researchers have been experimenting with bioprinting, […] trying to make cartilage, bone, skin, blood vessels, small bits of liver and other tissues.

Reference:

http://dictionaryblog.cambridge.org/2014/02/03/new-words-3-february-2014/