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Epidermolysis Bullosa

Autosomal Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, Hallopeau-Siemens type (RDEB-HS) In simplistic terms, Epidermolysis bullosa means the breakdown and blistering of the outer skin. Epidermolysis bullosa is caused by a mutation in the collagen VII gene. Collagen assembles into cross-linked fibrils. Because their fibrils are cross linked, collagen fibers provide high tensile strength to the matrix. BecauseRead more

Impose Higher Taxes on Soft Drinks and Junk Food

Increasing taxes on soft drinks and junk food will reduce consumption which will lead to less obesity and improved health in the general population, according to researchers Helen Eyles and her associates at the University of Auckland and University of Otago. With the aim of improving health by reducing consumption as a result of highRead more

Profiling Does Not Preclude Terrorism

Profiling does not protect us from terrorism. We are a country that values diversity and individual freedom. Profiling contradicts our ideals and does little to protect our people or way of life. Our population includes Arab Americans and Muslims who are the target of profiling. Black, white, Latino and Asian-Americans are not subjected to profilingRead more

Civil Rights: Equal Justice for All?

The major civil rights issue of the day involves marriage equality for same sex partners. Two cases have been heard by the U.S. Supreme Court recently. The cases involve constitutional challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and to the Defense of Marriage Act. While the arguments were being made inside the court, many people assembled outsideRead more

Electrical Cooperatives – Powering Your Community

“It’s not enough to have power, it’s how you use power that defines your character and legacy,” said the farmer’s wife. “If we don’t cooperate and solve our problems, our children and their children will suffer. They may survive but what kind of world will they inherit? They’ll be safe in a cold, gray bunkerRead more

Sharing Wealth

The wealthy have an ethical obligation to share more of their wealth with the government and poor. There is no magical formula to acquire wealth. It comes about from factors which may be benign or malicious. Benign factors include hard work, sacrifice and learning. Malicious factors include windfalls, lotteries, inheritances and luck. Just as theRead more

Winning isn’t the everything, it’s the only thing (not)

Many coaches have tried to motivate their teams to win using simple phrases. One such phrase is: Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. These coaches believed that it was essential to instill the value of winning above all else. I disagree, and do not believe that winning is everything nor is it the onlyRead more

Space Debris Inhibits Exploration

There have been many remakes of the Chicken Little story, but what they all have in common is that the little chicken truly believes that the sky is falling. Of course she was mistaken and the only thing that fell on her head was an acorn.  It is a scientific fact that the sky cannotRead more