- Written by Nicholas Sharp
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Americans love television. There’s no doubt about that. These days, people are binge-watching, spending hours in front of the tv, watching two to six episodes of a series at a time. Is all that tv really good for your health? Let’s see if your parents were right in telling you to go play outside rather than watch tv all day.
A recent survey by Netflix found that 61 percent of people in a survey said that they binge watch television regularly. Well, for obvious reasons, staring at a tv all day is not good for your eyes. But did you know that watching television has been linked to obesity for decades. It turns out sitting on the couch for hours at time is not good for weight or bones. Participants in 2003 survey showed a 23% higher chance of becoming obese.
A recent study by Harvard School of Public Health showed that adults that view more than 2 hours of TV daily have an increased chance of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The study also showed that for each additional two hours increased the chances by 15-20 percent. A different study said that it could also lead to lower odds of surviving colon cancer.
There was another study published in the Journal of American Heart Association. Their findings were crazy. They found that adults that spend three or more hours a day in front of the television may double their risk of premature death. You heard me right. I said double. The risk was still apparent after they accounted for age, gender, and lifestyle factors like obesity, smoking, and diet.
Studies also showed that too much television could increase the risk of children being antisocial or have bad behavior. They said that every additional additional hour increases this risk. This study also said that it could also apply to criminal behavior. A report also said that you could get addicted. You would crave the next episode. You could end up skipping sleep.
There are more downsides to binge watching. But there are things you can do to prevent this. You could get up and go for a walk. You could take a break and do some exercises. Studies have shown that taking a break from a show will help your memory and will overall help your health.
- Written by Nicholas Sharp
- Category: Sports
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The ACHS Student Council has purchased a new Elkay ezH2O water bottle filling station located near the library. It was installed at the beginning of November. The filling station keeps track of and displays the number of 20 oz. plastic water bottles saved. Students have said that it helps a lot, especially for basketball players who need to fill up their bottles before and during practices. The filling station is more efficient than the old fountain making it easier to fill up water bottles in between classes.
The Elkay company has been in business since 1920. According to the Elkay website, the filling stations were introduced in 2010 and gained popularity for their ability to reduce plastic bottle waste headed for landfills.
- Written by Donovan Delaney
- Category: School News
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On November 14, the Advanced Biology class went to a lecture about cancer and genetics in Terre Haute, Indiana. Sam Rhine led the three and half hour lecture.
One of the first things we talked about is the cure to cancer. What is the cure for cancer? First off, there won’t be a single cure for cancer. There are over two hundred different types of cancer, and most likely, each one will have a different cure.
We talked about the cause of cancer as well. Cancer occurs when gene mutations occur. Gene mutations can be caused by smoking, a lack of exercise, radiation, and more. The DNA gets damaged which causes an unbalance between mitosis and apoptosis. Mitosis is the production of cells while apoptosis is the removal of unneeded cells. When this unbalance occurs, an abundance of cells form. This is called a tumor.
Some tumors form over a long period of time. For example, the colon cancer tumors don’t usually reach a life-threatening stage until they have been in your body for about 30 years. When a tumor forms, it then invades surrounding cells. The cancer is then able to get into the blood or lymphatic system infecting other organs and tissues. This process is known as metastasis and it is very dangerous.
We also talked about treatments to cancer. Chemotherapy is one treatment, which consists of medication or a combination of medications that induces apoptosis in the cancer’s cells. The downside is this affects the good cells, too. Chemotherapy can weaken your immune system and this often causes the patient to get infections that the body would normally fight off. Other complications such as anemia can occur too.
Radiation, another treatment for cancer, works by damaging the cancer’s DNA. It is similar to chemotherapy when it comes to damaging cells. It also damages healthy cells and that can lead to some of the same complications that chemotherapy has.
One of the more intriguing things we talked about was gene editing and the tool that allows scientists to edit genes known as CRISPR. One thing scientists are working on now is replacing defective genes with functioning genes. A baby born in twenty years may have no chance of acquiring cancer. If a defective gene gets detected in the embryo, it could be replaced with a working gene. Although this is where science is heading, there are some moral issues to address. If the gene that controls whether or not you get Huntington’s disease can be changed, the gene that controls how tall you get could be changed too. If you could, would you change your child’s genes to increase their IQ by twenty points? This may be a question that parents in twenty years will have to answer.
- Written by Kolby Pemberton
- Category: Girls' Basketball
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Your 2017-2018 Lady Indians basketball team is looking great so far! They have a good group of extremely talented girls. Coach Katie Lurkins is really excited about this season. She told reporters, “‘Dreams don’t work unless you do.’ The Lady Indians have big dreams this season and are taking steps toward them through practice. I’m excited to see what big goals can be reached by this awesome group!” Helping Coach Lurkins with the team this year are assistant coach Chris Guse and helper Grace Ziegler.
The team this year consists of 15 amazing girls. Each senior gave a quote regarding what they expect from the team this year. Ashley Goecker (#24) says, “I have high expectations from our team this year. This group of girls have played together for many years, and the team chemistry is high. We have big goals and I plan to achieve those goals.” Jacie Hosick (#12) says, “We have a lot of great girls on this team. We have grown up together, and I think we will mesh really well. I expect more than just good games, I expect a lot of wins this season!” Shelbi Stone (#10) says, “We have always been a young team with nothing to lose, but this year we have a lot more experience and confidence within one another. Our chemistry on the court has been really shining through so far and that makes me excited for the season. Not only that, but we hold each other accountable, and I feel like that makes us such a strong team.”
You’ve met the seniors, now let’s meet the rest of the team! This year’s freshmen are Abby Goeckner (#25), Taylor Mette (#13), Brooke Runge (#30), and Kassidy Pemberton (#15). The sophomores are Mary Guse (#34), Rachel Jackman (#40), and Allyson Hardiek (#32). Last but certainly not least, this year’s juniors are Tinley Mette (#22), Leah Mayhaus (#42), JoAnna Schultz (#20), and Makayla Crow (#14).
The Indians started off their season Monday night at home against Windsor-Stew Stras with a 54-25 victory. They also faced Vandalia Tuesday night at home and were victorious with a score of 42-28. The Lady Indians will face Charleston Thursday night here at home with the JV game starting at 6:15 p.m. and varsity to follow. Come out and support your tribe!