Posts by lielsterling

  1. Xenotransplantation: A(n animal) Life for a (human) Life?

    [ By on April 27, 2016 ]

    About a month ago, I read an article on mic.com called “How a Pig’s Heart in a Baboon’s Body Could Save Your Life.” The article focuses on new developments in xenotransplantation, which is the process of transferring an organ from one species to another and has been long contested. For 945 days, a pig’s heart has been keeping a baboon alive, a creature similar to humans. This is extremely promising for the future of organ donations. According to the article, for every organ donor, there are 20 people in need of organs. If xenotransplantation is possible, it could save thousands of patients waiting for organ donations. While there are still issues to work through with xenotransplantation, like initial rejection of ...

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  2. Increase in ADHD (mis)Diagnosis

    [ By on March 26, 2016 ]

    The emphasis in our public education model is increasingly becoming about memorization and focus. Generally, over the past 10 years, schools have become more focused on textbook information and teaching to the test rather than being focused on lateral thinking and free thought. In addition, school days have become longer and the amount of homework students are assigned has increased, leaving less free time throughout the day. It is natural for young people to need to expend energy, and the result of not doing so because of lack of free time is constantly bored students with pent up energy and no way to deal with it, causing inability to focus during class. In the current education model, focus is necessary ...

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