News Comment #5: “What You Need to Know Vaping-Related Lung Illness.”

Hundreds of people across the country have been struck ill by the known “Vaping Illness” which is linked to vaping. The authors of this article, Matt Richtel and Denise Grady compile what we know, who is at risk, symptoms and prevention.

Anyone who uses e-cigarettes or other vaping devices, whether to consume nicotine or substances extracted from marijuana or hemp, may be at risk because investigators have not determined whether a specific device or type of vaping liquid is responsible. Early symptoms are fatigue, nausea, vomiting, coughing and fever, shortness of breath–which can become so extreme it can prompt an emergency room visit. Mitch Zeller, director for the Center for Tobacco Products at the F.D.A. says,

The authors did an excellent job identifying each key subject and listing its importance from the top to bottom. They used the pyramid very well. Also, their organization in quotations, people identified, were placed well in the article. All in all they wrote a well written article informing the reader on the subject instead of beating around the bush on important key factors that should help the reader understand the article.

News Comment #4: “Weight-Loss Surgery May Reduce Heart Risks in People with Type 2 Diabetes.”

In an article for The New York Times, written by Roni Caryn Rabin, specialists are suggesting that using bariatric surgery (a weight loss surgery many American undergo to lose/control their weight, especially people with Type 2 Diabetes) gives more positive out comes than just weight loss. A study on the JAMA medical journal shared its findings that the alternatives from this surgery is cutting significant risks of cardiovascular tragedies and premature deaths by almost half.

I liked how the title of this article was very informing but it didn’t have a great hook to catch more of my attention. The title was an exact replica of the article, informing you on what’s going on, not beating around the bush. The body paragraphs were organized well. As in, it began on what the title was about, what the study meant, who it affects, if it’s positive or if it’s negative, who supports it and who contradicts it. It gave great sources of its information on the study and showed the statistics of the cases. Overall I thought this was a good article, not a biased base one. The only thing it would need is a more flashier title to grab more reader’s attention.

News Comment #3: “Japan and South Korea Feud, but Breaking Up Is Hard.”

Allies Japan and South Korea have been giving each other the cold shoulder in recent months. An article by Su-Hyun Lee and Ben Dooley from the NY Times described how the two countries have been going at each other, causing a huge rift in their ally-ship. Koreans have shown their dislike towards the Japanese by not buying Japanese imported goods and avoiding big profitable companies. In retaliation, the Japanese one up’d their feud by removing South Korea from their “white list” which is the list of approved trading of Japans allies.

The title of the article is a mouth full. It is attention grabbing for sure but the added analogies/extra wording ruins the informant point of the title. As for the body paragraphs of the article, there wasn’t a lot background information. The authors told how the two countries antagonized one another but never revealed why or what happened for them to do so. On the other hand, towards the closing it mentioned what a split like theirs would mean to the economy and what they would have to sacrifice with a decision like that.

News Comment #2: “16 States Report 153 Cases of Vaping-related Respiratory Illnesses.”

From the NY Times written by Sheila Kaplan it’s following the CDCP cases that have been occurring in people who admit they vape with nicotine or tetrahydrocannabinol. Symptoms reported are chest pain, vomiting and fatigue. According to the article, it’s a mystery to wear the illness is coming from, but it does not appear to be from an infectious disease. Most patients have been adolescences/young adults.

This was a very organized article, the title was attention grabbing. I liked the organization as in their facts were in order, from the symptoms to who’s being affected and what the next step of action is. I also liked how the article wasn’t biased against or for those who vape. This article should be read by more people because it enlightens on why vaping could be terrible for you.