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TAY-SACHS DISEASE This condition, Tay-Sachs Disease, is due to the reduction of a key enzyme. This missing enzyme is hexosominidase and is commonly referred to as Hex A. When this enzyme is missing in lipids (fats), GMZ ganglioside accumulates in inert cells. Hex A is key and is needed to break up and regulate lipids. When GMZ builds up in the nerons, the functions of the nervous system are affected. This leads to mental retardation, damages in the nervous system, and results in death b

Smoking is the inhalation and exhalation of the fumes of burning tobacco. Tobacco leaves are dried and cured, then rolled into cigars or shredded for pipes or cigarettes, the most popular method of smoking. About 50 million people in the United States smoke a total of 570 billion cigarettes each year. In the 1940s, smoking was considered harmless, but laboratory and clinical research has since proved that cigarette smoke contains around 4000 chemicals, some of which are highly toxic. Nicotine,

Marijuana By: Mohammed Shames Al-Dain Marijuana is a drug that comes from the plant cannabis. When marijuana is in the smoking form it usually looks like small bits of plants and flowers that has been crushed. When it is in the smokeable form it is usually put into a pipe then smoked or rolled up in paper then smoked. When made in a form of a cigarette it can be called a joint or a reefer. This drug (marijuana) is also known by a variety of other names, including p

Holistic medicine is becoming more and more popular for people. Once they discover the benefits for themselves they are starting to realize that their pets can also enjoy similar results. "It is estimated that two-thirds of all Americans will consult some form of "alternative practitioner" every year"(Kipe 12). Often holistic medicine or veterinary medicine is sought as a last resort, when there is nothing that conventional medicine can do. In these cases, it may well be that alternative m

Is Ritalin Over Prescribed? Imagine for a moment that you are nine years old again. You are sitting in your third grade classroom trying as hard as you can to listen to your teacher, but you just can't. The heater is making this clicking sound that won't stop and the class hamster is running all over his cage. Further more, there is a light in the corner that keeps blinking like it is going to go out at anytime. It seems like your teacher has been talking forever and you just can't stand st

Marijuana as Medicine: More Harm Than Help Wade Cleland AP English Language and Composition Mrs. Czupryk 18 April 1998 Cleland 1 Marijuana as Medicine: More Harm Than Help Joan Daly smokes marijuana. She is also a former member of the San Francisco Police Department. When Joan was diagnosed with cancer she began a rigorous chemotherapy program, which has left her in an almost constant state of nausea, to battle her disease. She, and many like her, claim tha

Sexually transmitted Diseases What is an STD? An STD is an abriviation for sexually transmitted dieseases.What does this all really mean? STD's are dieseases that are tramsmitted sexually and can attack reproductive organs, pubic hair and bends & folds in the skin. There are two in my mind that pose the greatest danger to teens: AIDS and Genital warts. Genital warts can ruin a persons social life and so can AIDS but AIDS can also kill! Transmission & Symptoms The transmission

Over the counter drugs There are 2 basic types of drugs, prescription, and over the counter. Over the counter drugs can be bought any where, from a 7-eleven to a drugstore. There are a few different types of drugs. Antihistamines: such as bynadrill used for allergies. Analgesics: such as Tylenol and aspirin, and more powerful ones, morphine and codeine, used for reliving pain. Anesthetics: such as Novocain used for more severe pain. Antibiotics: used to prevent or stop infection. B

Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death in Canada, with 3709 deaths recorded in 1992. This approximates to around one death every two hours. Of these, men account for 2923 (one death every three hours - fifth leading cause) and women account for 786 (one death every ten hours - tenth leading cause). Men were more likely to use firearms to commit suicide: 991 of the men compared with only 59 of the women. Source: Statistics Canada Deaths by suicide and self-inflicted injury pe

"The hospital was filled with 90 children and adolescents today, and there was even a waiting list. Almost all of the patients had heart disease and were recovering from 6 months to 1 year after one or more attacks of acute rheumatic fever. We have nowhere else to put them." (Markowitz 3) Much has changed since five decades ago when a doctor wrote the above statement in his medical journal. Rheumatic fever, a complication of Group A streptococcal infections, is found in only a minute amount of c