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the effect of alcohol on a developing brain1
The Effect of Alcohol on a Developing Brain

starvation the impact of the environment on genetics
Starvation: The Impact of the Environment on Genetics

tobacco and your lungs
Tobacco and Your Lungs

thalidomide baby
Thalidomide Baby

In the 1950\'s and 60\'s women in many countries prescribed thalidomide as a sedative and to help with morning sickness. The drug causes terrible birth defects and the children of pregnant women taking the drug were often born with horrible malformations including shortened arms, hands extending directly from the shoulder, and the absence of the thumb and the adjoining bone in the lower arm. 15,000 children worldwide were born with these serious defects before the drugs were pulled off the market.

hiv illegal drugs gonorrhea
HIV, illegal drugs, Gonorrhea

  • The ozone layer reflects or absorbs 99% of damaging UV rays from the sun, preventing them from reaching the earth’s surface. However, pollution is compromising the ozone layer allowing more and more of the UV rays to reach the earth’s surface.
  • The ozone layer is a protective covering that surrounds most of the earth and protects us from harmful UV rays. It has three oxygen atoms, rather than two oxygen atoms like the form of oxygen we breathe during respiration.
  • There are a number of activities and events that cause ozone destruction.
    • Hydrogen bomb testing
    • CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) in aerosols and refrigerants
    • Exhaust gases from supersonic aircraft
    • Fertilizers and
    • Volcanic eruptions.
you can control your environment
You Can Control Your Environment
  • HIV can be passed from mother to child during delivery. About ½ of infected mothers will pass HIV to their child during childbirth
  • Newborns of crack cocaine mothers are born addicted to the crack. They experience tremors, seizures, and other withdrawal symptoms.
  • Gonorrhea and syphillis are transmitted to the eyes of the newborn causing blindness.
  • Some STDs have no cure and are common (e.g., genital herpes).
  • Protect the Ozone
genetic or environmental
Genetic or Environmental?
  • Skin cancer
  • Widow’s peak
  • 6 fingers
  • Lung cancer
  • Thalidomide baby
  • Eye color
  • Radiation
  • Webbed fingers
  • Diabetes
  • dwarfism