Monday, January 31, 2011

My Biggest Fear

I am a person that relies on knowing, some call me a control freak, but I'm not...I just love to know, and am deathly afraid of a day that I may forget everything. In my exploration from the world of online science I went from blogs last week to the news this week, and the story that caught my attention the most was one from CNN highlighting a story about Alzheimer's. In short researchers are turning Early On-set Alzheimer's into a possible method to cure this debilitating disorder. Apparently there is a large number of those with this disorder in Colombia, and using possible treatments over a two year period they are able to identify working treatment. I honestly think this is amazing. Science is literally turning something bad into something good which I give a resounding applause and a shout of an "Encore."

I also want to bring your attention to one of the last quotes in the article: "I don't want to be negative, and I continue to participate in research, but do I have a lot of hope? No, because I keep watching my loved ones go away." I don't know what to think of this quote comparing the idea of hope along with participation in research. Hope is surrounded by the idea of possibly getting an answer (in my opinion), which coincides with an idea behind research. I will have to continue thinking about this, but just wanted to get that out there before I forget.
In regards to the stylistic part of writing of this blog I attempted to use the hook and engaging the audience. I sincerely attempted to have a conversation with the reader, which I feel I did by sharing something many can relate with me as well as posing a statement that will hopefully require further thought. I also used the hyperlink and added an image for matters of style as well.

1 comment:

  1. Some argue that by emphasizing science's ability to find medical cures we encourage excessive hope in people, which disappoints when science does not deliver. Science communicators argue that the power of science should not be exaggerated, but that the real pace of science to find cures should be presented.

    On a stylistic note, I found myself wanting to hear a little more detail about what they found in the Colombia study. I was not completely fulfilled. But I like your invitation to draw your readers into discussion.