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These are two classmate initial post. Only thing that has to be done is responded and give your outlook on things, also whether you agree or disagree. Please keep the responses separate. 2 are for managing stress and 2 for microbiology.

Managing stress


We often think of fables in connection with teaching important life lessons to our children, but are fables just for children or can adults benefit, too?

I have to admit that I cannot pinpoint many actual fables from my childhood. My parents, grandparents, and other family members did not have any favorite life lesson stories that I can recall. However, after briefly scanning some of the Aesop’s fables listed in our readings, I have indeed heard of some without a formal name attached. As a child and also as an adult, I have usually been provided just the life lesson they offered, minus the story. When we take into consideration that some of the Aesop’s fables have been in existence for a thousand years or more, I have to believe they are beneficial to adults and children alike. Likewise, though, some of the fables are a challenge to decipher their meaning since the language used differs from today’s.

What fables or stories stand out to you for teaching important life lessons?

One fable that caught my eye during my review was “The Lion and The Hare.” My parents were notorious for reminding us kids that we should be happy with what we have been given. I find myself giving the same advice to my kids.


I believe fables are useful for all. Life is a constant work in progress and at times we need subtle guides to remind us where we stand. Morals and scruples are often neglected in life and society can benefit from the adherence to the morals presented in fables. I prefer the parables mentioned in the bible more particularly located in Proverbs, for they provide wisdom from a divine guide. Here’s some fun with numbers, there are 31 chapters in Proverbs, each contains 20-35 sayings, and each are two poetic lines long. We love them all but, here are a few of our favorites. “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck” (Prov 1 8-9). Any parent that has teenage children can apply this one when the wisdom of a teenager to a parent is proven. Another favorite is “My son, if sinful men entice you,do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder; cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”— my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into evil, hey are swift to shed blood. How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it! These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they ambush only themselves! Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.” (Proverbs 1, 10-19) This proverb is the key to discuss peer pressure with your kids.



No, it would not be ethical to test a new drug in Africa that the FDA has approved from a clinical trial that costs 30 dollars.This is because the average person there lives on less than two dollars per day.This means that the average person spends less than sixty dollars a month to get by.Trialing this new antimalarial drug for that average person would be asking them to spend, in addition to what their living expenses are, half of their living expenses.It would not be possible or ethical.

According to the CDC, malaria is treatable.Sometimes malaria can relapse or remain idle in the blood.For instance, if a person is not prescribed the right dose or length of medication, the parasites may not all be cleared from the body and the infection can recur.“Two types (species) of parasites, Plasmodium vivax and P. ovale, have liver stages and can remain in the body for years without causing sickness.”(CDC, 2018.)People can relapse when the liver stages reactivate. In general, if the right dose and right length of medication is taken to the full extent, it should be effective.

I don’t think it is fully “correct” to say that malaria is a disease of poverty as it is largely determined by climate and ecology, but I would say that poverty does have something to do with it.This is because there are preventative measures and treatment options that are otherwise unaffordable to those without the means to pay for them.


Malaria was once prevalent in Europe and the USA in the early 1900s but was successful eliminated from these areas. However, malaria is still prevalent in the tropical regions i.e. parts of Asia, Africa and South America. Is it correct to say that Malaria is a disease of poverty? What biological factors make it so hard to treat Malaria. You have been asked to conduct a clinical trial of a new antimalarial drug that would cost $30 per dose once approved by the FDA. Would it be ethical to test this new drug in Africa where an average person lives on less than $2 per day?

It is correct to say that Malaria is a disease of poverty because poor countries are unable to take preventative measures to combat this disease, and also unable to develop and afford treatments once exposed. Regions of poverty are more at risk for diseases such as Malaria because they do not have the resources to educate their people, and research prevention methods and treatments. Malaria is an especially difficult disease to control, because it is spread by mosquitoes. The warm tropical conditions in regions such as Asia, Africa, and South America, are a perfect breeding grounds for this particular type of mosquito, the Anopheles, to spread the parasite that causes Malaria. Most poverty stricken regions are overcrowded and have poor living conditions, which in addition to the tropical mosquito breeding conditions, put these people most at risk. Poor countries also do not have preventative resources such as, mosquito repellent, and insecticides to kill the disease spreading bugs. Once exposed, Malaria is treatable with the proper anti parasitic medications, however, most people in regions of poverty, do not have access to these life saving medications, and they are at risk for death.

I have been asked to conduct a clinical trial of a new antimalarial drug that would cost $30 a day. It has been approved by the FDA, and deemed safe enough to be used in humans. I believe it is ethical and necessary to use this drug on a trial basis to the poorest and most at risk populations. I believe it would be a disservice and unethical as humans to withhold any know preventative measures, or treatments available to prevent any treatable disease.

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