Our future being in the hands of our children may be the best thing we could ever do. Perhaps the key to solving the world’s problems is in the mind of our young people. This is why it is so important that we free the minds of our youth and give them the tools they need to create the technologies and innovate the systems that will heal this earth and make it a better place.
Making yourself known especially in the medical field is no easy task. For these 9 kids accomplishing this rare task by the age of 20 is nothing short of extraordinary. I have the feeling that we are at the very beginning of an incredible wave of innovation that is arising with the next generation.
1. Krtin Nithiyanandam, age 15
Krtin Nithiyanandam is only 15 and yet he has made a difference in the field of neuroscience. He was moved after hearing about the devastating effect that Alzheimer’s has on the patient, their family, and the caregivers. He decided to work hard on creating an antibody that is able to enter your brain and attach to the specific proteins that show up during the first stage of the disease. He is currently one of the finalists for the Google Science Fair.
2. Adeeb Al-Balushi, age 10
Adeeb Al-Balushi last year when he was only 9 decided to develop a waterproof prosthetic leg for his father so he would be able to go swimming with his son. It only took Adeeb one day to complete the prosthetic leg. Now he and his father are able to go to the beach together and swim. This opens up a whole new world for those who need prosthetics. He then followed the innovative new technology by entering the world of robotics and has created a robot that will help his mother clean.
3. Joshua Meier, age 18
Back at the age of 14 Joshua Meier was already working on his aging stem cell project. When most kids are worried about what classes to take in high school or where they are going to sit at lunch Joshua was working on changing the world of stem cells. His project has turned into a potential cancer treatment. He just started his college career at Harvard University and plans to study computer science and biology in the hopes that he will be able to continue his research and possibly start treating cancer.
4. Anthony Halmon, age 19
Anthony Halmon has some incredibly humble beginnings coming from Englewood Chicago where he spent a lot of his time dodging gangs and fights. Unlike many men his age Halmon is putting the needs of his daughter before his own. His daughter inspired him to create an incredible device that he calls a “Thermofier” which is a mix between a thermometer and a pacifier. If you have ever been around kids you may know how hard it is to take their temperature. This new device makes it easy and a lot less stressful for the child and their parents.
The invention landed Halmon in a trip to the White House where he got to meet President Barack Obama and participate in the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair as well as a full scholarship to Cornell University.
5. Samantha Marquez, age 18
When you are the daughter of a chemical engineer and a chemist it may have its perks but it also comes with high expectations. Both Samantha and Michelle have far surpassed all expectations laid down by their parents. What originally started off as simple science project ended up turning into a 3D cell structure that has the potential for both medication delivery and organ repair in the body.
6. Michelle Marquez, age 15
Michelle decided to focus her recent research on a topic near and dear to her: music. After seeing how the brain waves reacted to different types of sounds, the younger sister Michelle has figured out which sounds will trigger you negative and positive emotions. This new tone awareness can be very valuable in the music, medical, and mental health fields.
7. Tony Hansberry, age 20
Tony Hansberry made an incredible and surprising discovery when it comes to people who receive a hysterectomy operation. His discovery reduces the amount of people who end up with infections and suffer while they recover. When he first made the discovery he was only 14 years old. Hansberry discovered that if you perform a vertical stitch when you are suturing up a patient after a hysterectomy, instead of doing a horizontal one, there would be a significant reduction in the patient’s risk of getting an infection. The supervising physician at UF has even nicknamed the new technique the “Hansberry stitch”.
8. Kenneth Shinozuka, age 15
Kenneth Shinozuka knows a lot about Alzheimer’s disease even though he is only 15. Unfortunately, that is because his granddad suffers from this harsh condition. He isn’t alone, however, 5.2 million Americans also suffer from Alzheimers disease. Just like many who struggle with this disease Kenneth’s grandfather is prone to wandering away.
This can cause a lot of problems and security concerns for his grandfather. In order to help solve this problem, this 15-year-old from New York City has created a wireless system that can be inserted into a patient’s sock and it would alert the family if he began to wandered off again.
9. Jack Andraka, 17
Jack Andraka decided that the current method of detection for pancreatic cancer was too slow and expensive so he decided to do something about it. During the majority of his freshman year in high school, he worked on creating a test that was cheaper, quicker and a much more sensitive way to diagnose patients. With the help of a professor from Johns Hopkins Andraka was able to create a technology that is considered to be much more effective in detecting pancreatic cancers than the system we had in place before.
This new method got Andraka featured on TEDTalk and on The Colbert Report as well a $75,000 grand prize from the Intel ISEF back in 2012.
I wonder what incredible new discovery we will hear about next. The next few decades are going to be incredible. Do you feel like this new generation is going to change this world for the better? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.
Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.
Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.
Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.
Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.
“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”
However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.
In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”
“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”
Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say
With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.
According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.
The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.
The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.
While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.
Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.
“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.
“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.
Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced
However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.
Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact
Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.
And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.
Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.
Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.
Death Toll, by Percent of Population
In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.
Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.
The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.
Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.
History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning
While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.
In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.
What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?
Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics
Republished from ZH with permission.