Archive for Disease

Aids in Australia

For the second milestone in our Cure math class, we made posters.  I made a poster about how Australia is affected by AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and how they combat AIDS.  I found out that Australia raised over 600 million dollars to combat AIDS in 2011.  You can learn more about AIDS in Australia by viewing my poster below.

UIC Biological Science Dept.

For our global health cure course, we went to UIC to better understand how cures are found.  We saw four amazing scientists by the names of Dr. Tien Wang, Dr. Pete Okkema, Dr. David Stone, and Dr. Brian Kay.

While visiting Dr. Tien Wang’s mouse lab, I asked him the question why do you dissect mice and how does it relate to your studies.  He responded that both the mice and the human have a very similar heart. They test on mice to help find treatments for humans.

While visiting Dr. Pete Okkema in the worm lab, I asked the question what major discoveries have come from the research of worms?  He responded that he discovered gene transcription factors that are very similar to humans.  This research can help cure cancer.

While visiting Dr. David Stone in the yeast lab, I asked him the question why does yeast help combat infections?  He responded that yeast is a very easy thing to reproduce and is a great subject to study regarding bacteria.

Out last stop was visiting Dr. Brian Kay in the engineering bio lab. I asked him why he chose to study bio engineering? He responded that by studying and making life was such an amazing thing to do and it was something he is really passionate about.

Zolpidem – Milestone 1

For our first milestone in in our cure (integrated math and science) class, we made 3D models of medicine. I made zolpidem.  It is used to treat insomina and is used in drugs like Ambien, Stilnox, and Sublinox.  We did this to get a better understanding of how our medicine works by making a 3D version of it.  We built our medicines out of Styrofoam balls and sticks, then we spray painted them.  The white balls represent hydrogen, blue balls are nitrogen, black balls are carbon, and the red ball represents oxygen (Pub Med Health, 2011).

Using equations to solve diseases

For our final presentation in the disease class, our goal was to recap on what we have done through the past trimester.  Below is my report on what I’ve done.

The goal of our disease class is to bring math and science together to understand more about diseases and how they work.  In the first trimester we used mathematical equations to understand how long diseases can live on a host and what the chance of people being infected by diseases is.  In our second unit we went over why people are       susceptible to diseases, and at what ages people are most likely to get these diseases.  In our third unit we went over why diseases spread and how people can catch them.  We also went over which ways people can catch them and what infection rate a disease needs to not be eradicated.

We use mathematical equations to get a better understanding about how diseases work.  Specifically how they transfer from one to another, how deadly they are and how likely someone catches one.  Being able to research and understand these topics save thousands of lives.  Understanding how diseases transfer and how deadly a disease is can help to plan ahead on how to eradicate and make sure no one gets it.

Understanding this topic can be a big help to solving the United Nations Millennium development goals.  Specifically reducing childhood mortality, combat HIV, AIDS, Malaria, and other diseases, and improving maternal health.  All of these can be solved if we can figure out more about HIV, AIDS, Malaria, etc.  With a deeper understanding of these topics we can without a doubt put an end to HIV, AIDS, and Malaria.  (“We can end,” 2011)


We can end poverty 2015: Millennium development goals. (2011). Retrieved from

Understanding Anthrax

This was my first milestone for my math class.  This milestone is about understanding Anthrax.  You can see my presentation below


Today, we went the the DNA Lab at the Field Museum in Chicago.  It was a really interesting place where we got to see DNA being analyzed.  We  asked one of the scientists about DNA and how it relates to disease.  After he told us about what he did, we got to have a Q&A with him.  Below are a few of the Q&A’s.

  • Why is DNA so important in understanding more about disease?

For example, if you have an extra, or different chromosome, you are very likely of being born with a disease like Down Syndrome.

  • What aspects does DNA need to have to multiply?

You need A, T, C, and G cells in your DNA.

  • Where is DNA from?

DNA is in your chromosome.


PSA Diabetes

Below is my third milestone for Disease class, we made a Public Service Announcement (PSA).  My PSA was about Diabetes in the United States of America.  Below you can see my script, and listen to my PSA!

Attention, this public service announcement is about Diabetes in the United States of America.  Diabetes affects millions of Americans and is usually gotten by people who are obese and cannot move you sugar into fat, liver, and muscle cells to be stored as energy.  Stay healthy and stay away from diabetes!


Why are we susceptible to anthrax?

The purpose of this assignment was to inform people about anthrax.  I did this by making a power point presentation.  You can check out my video here:

Population Final

For population, I researched about birthrates.  I researched how to estimate the population in advance so you can plan budgets and start saving for programs like the police and fire department.  You can see my podcast and graphs below.


JH Pop Final


Birth Rates in the USA

I created this science poster in my population class, it is our third milestone. I did my poster to identify the birth rates in the USA. We used the equation N=NsE^(kt). N is defined as the projection of populations, Ns is the starting population, and Kt is the birth rate.  From my research, you can see that the birth rate in America is affected by the economy.  Please see poster below for more details.