Three Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why” is Harmful to You 8

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Mariah Escatel

Are you or someone you love at risk of suicide? Call 1-800-273-TALK for the national suicide prevention lifeline. If you attend Stacey Middle School, please report anyone who is at risk of suicide on the anonymous school hotline.

If you haven’t been living underneath a rock for the past month or two, you know what 13 Reasons Why is. Even if you haven’t read the book or watched the TV series, most people have heard of it.

13 Reasons Why is a book about a girl, named Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. She leaves behind a box of cassette tapes, each side of the tape being a reason why she killed herself.

It has been argued many times if the TV show is appropriate for younger teens. More…

How Else Does Air Pollution Affect Us? 3

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Elaine Tong

Air pollution affects many things in the world. It is well known that the pollution damages perfectly fine rivers, lakes, or water sources. Indirectly, it also destroys many homes for people and animals. So, the first point is that it harms Earth and the environment. But in what way does air pollution affect us, exactly?

John Hopkins University School of Medicine head and neck surgeon Murray Ramanathan and a group of scientists recorded studies with mice as substitutes for humans. According to them, the small particulates in the air contribute to the same viruses within the nose and sinus areas that give someone a runny nose. These particulates include debris, smoke, dust, and coal typically originating from factories, farms, vehicles, and more. More…

Don’t Stick It In Your Ear! 4

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Evelyn Huynh

Cotton swabs have been known as a hazardous thing to put into the ear for a long time, yet people still do it. They should not be stuck into the ear! It even has a precaution sign on the box labeled “Do not insert swab into ear canal.” Over a 21 year study, the most common diagnoses were the presence of a foreign body in the ear and eardrum perforation.

The ear canal has specialized cells that produce cerumen also known as earwax. When people feel the need to get rid of the earwax, they use a cotton swab or something small to get rid of it. Don’t! The eardrum is easily reached with a swab. Because the eardrum is so delicate, it can be easily ruptured by using even the gentlest pressure. It cuts ear canals and can even dislocate the hearing bones. Some of these things can lead to hearing loss, dizziness, ringing, or other symptoms of ear injury. The pain is severe and the ear may also leak a clear liquid. More…

RUN! THE MEASLES ARE HERE! 2

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Evelyn Huynh

Recently, a measle outbreak has been sickening dozens of Somali-Americans in Minnesota, nearly all of them were children. They can be traced to anti-vaccination campaigns that targeted Somali-Americans and suggested that vaccines are linked to autism. As of Friday, May 12, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that it had been confirmed of 54 measles cases, 51 of those being children of 17 and younger. The majority of the infected were unvaccinated.

The number of cases was particularly high compared to the number of measles cases in Minnesota over the previous years. A total of 56 cases that were reported between 1997 and 2016. More…

Soda Causes Worse Memory Function 1

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Evelyn Huynh

According to two research studies, researchers have found out that people who drink soda, with sugar or without, may be more likely to develop memory problems and have smaller brain volumes. An article published on April 24 by researchers explains the effects of drinking soda.

In one of the two reports, published April 20, researchers found that people who drank diet soda every day were three times more likely to develop dementia, which is a persistent disorder of the mental process. They had also found that they are more likely to develop a stroke over a 10 year period than those who do not consume any diet soda.

In the other study published in March, the same researchers have found out that people who consumed at least one diet soda a day had a smaller brain volume than those who didn’t drink diet soda. The same study concluded that people who consumed more than two sugary beverages a day, some including soda or fruit juice, had a smaller brain volume and worse memory function. More…

McDonald’s Has Stepped Up 2

Evelyn Huynh

Recently, McDonald’s announced a major change to their Quarter Pound. By next year, the foods will contain fresh instead of frozen beef patties.  

The frozen to fresh switch has been hyped as the “most drastic menu change in decades.” These changes come from a consumer’s demands for fresher ingredients. Similar to this, many other brands such as Wendy’s and Five Guys, advertise the facts that their burgers are never frozen.

However, while fresh meat appeals to consumers, it also carries risks. A similar risk includes the infamous E. coli outbreak at Chipotle. There are many concerns about the risk of increasing foodborne illness by switching from frozen to fresh.

“If we do not handle the meat perfectly, there is the opportunity for bacterial invasion of our product,” a person wrote. More…

Making Health Care Great Again! 8

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Kelsey Bisetti

Some call it a nightmare. Others call it a blessing. But what is TrumpCare?

Well, the first thing to know is that it’s not really called TrumpCare. In fact, the president himself said he prefers to call it the American Health Care Act. He doesn’t feel something so urgent should have his name in its title. Many criticize this decision due to his previously established Trump Tower, Trump International Hotel, Trump Park Avenue, etc.

The American Health Care Act has been around for quite a while, but it was formerly referred to as Obamacare. Yes, ladies and gents, that’s right. Trump’s new plan is just a revised version of ObamaCare. More…

The Republican Healthcare Bill Reply

Kenny Tran

Before Donald Trump was president and was on his campaign trails, he talked about his plans and what he would do when he became president. Healthcare was something he wanted to fix. On March 7, Republicans introduced their bill to repeal Obamacare, that aims to maintain coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allows children to stay on their parents’ healthcare plan until the age of twenty-six.

The plan would offer individuals refundable tax credits to purchase health insurance and states will receive a set of money from the federal government. Experts warned that this could result in millions losing access to insurance they received under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Obamacare is “rapidly collapsing” and it is “time to turn the page.” More…

Love in a Club 3

Katelyn Hooker

“Love. Wish. Dream. Be creative. Give. Smile. Learn. Hope Trust Live. Share.” These are the words on the walls of Girl Power that warm the heart. When walking into the club, students experience a sea of posters that the girls, present and past, have created to represent what they like whether it be food or activities.

“I am” posters have been made as well by this supportive group.

“I am learning how to be confident, social, and expressive,” says Emmy Nguyen, a Girl Power participant. She also stated: “You’re not too young to start something and make a change.” More…

Love Is Not Abuse 2

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Evelyn Huynh

February is over, but it still isn’t too late to raise awareness to an issue that is often ignored, dating violence. Approximately one-third of teens who are in a violent relationship ever tell anyone about the abuse.

What is dating violence? It is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. Dating violence includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, or sexual abuse.

Dating violence is a public health issue. About 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

When Mrs. Mondt, a student guidance counselor at Stacey Middle School, was asked what to do and how to avoid it, she responded with, “Girls and boys need to be socially smart by being aware of their surroundings and being aware of people that you know and trust. Go with your gut feeling, if you don’t feel safe, leave.” More…