Illinois Ranks 12th In the Nation with the Most Cases Reported for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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by Daniel Cazares and Luisa Pimentel

The testing or treating of sexually transmitted diseases can be a sensitive topic for most individuals – especially for those uninformed of the available resources that can provide help.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are over 50 clinics in Illinois that provide care for STDs and HIV. All STD clinics are spread across the state of Illinois in various locations – including six in the Chicago area.

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Forth Worth, Texas: One Of The Fastest Growing Cities In America

Fort Worth, Texas has become one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Located alongside Arlington and Dallas, all three cities have gained from growing populations and expanding infrastructure.

by Daniel Cazares

Have you ever stopped and wondered what state has the fastest growing cities? According to NPR, Texas takes the crown.

Between 2016 and 2017, a list of 15 cities was compiled. Out of those 15, five cities were located in Texas. In order from highest to lowest in terms of growth went as follows: San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, and Austin.

Interestingly enough, both Dallas and Fort Worth are neighboring cities with Arlington in between – and while Arlington is not on NPR’s list, it is indeed a sprawling city as well. In addition to the report produced, “Fort Worth surpassed Indianapolis, Ind., becoming the 15th largest city in the United States with a population of 874,168.” Indianapolis fell behind with a population of 863,002.

So what makes Fort Worth – or Texas for that matter – a desirable hot spot? According to BBC News, it’s a factor of things. Some ranging from jobs, lower taxes, and cheaper cost of living.

Above is a Google Timelapse video showing the growth of Fort Worth from 1984 to 2016.

5 Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Every year, millions of Americans struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (commonly known as seasonal depression). While professional medical attention is an option, there are others that are worth taking a look at.

by Daniel Cazares

“Winter is coming,” is a line known worldwide thanks to HBO’s Game of Thrones. However, for some, that saying has a deeper connotation. Seasonal Affective Disorder is defined by Psychology Today as “a form of depression in which people experience depressive episodes during specific times of the year.” Seasonal depression is more common in the fall or winter with it subsiding in the spring.

How can the winter season have such an impact on individuals? According to Psychology Today, “it is related to the amount of melatonin in the body…darkness increases the body’s production of melatonin, which regulates sleep.” Therefore, as days get shorter, melatonin production increases; thus, resulting in sleepier moods.

Roughly 10 million Americans are affected by seasonal affective disorder (Psychology Today). Even more astounding is seasonal depression being four times more common in women than men. Those affected in age range as well; however, it is generally more prone to happen within younger populations.

Here is an interactive graph (or you can click directly on the image provided above) to read on five tips for enduring the winter blues provided in part by Northwestern Medicine.

L.A. Dodgers: Who Are They?

by Daniel Cazares

The Los Angeles Dodgers have come a long way over the course of baseball history. More recently advancing to the 2018 World Series for a second year in a row after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in Game 7 of the NCLS. But how exactly do they do it?

A key component to sportsmanship is teamwork. With the Dodgers being based out in Los Angeles, diversity is something that is surely to come with it. Bringing together individuals from different cultural backgrounds is not an easy task, but it’s something that drives pride within the Dodgers community.

According to a 2017 Los Angeles Times article, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin revealed that player diversity was a, “reflection of the demographics of Southern California.” Within the same article, it was mentioned that, “the Dodgers were the first Major League Baseball team to sign an African American player…Korean and Taiwan…and second to have one from Japan.”

Out of a 40 player roster with 25 who are active, eight come from outside the United States (Enrique Hernandez is included although he hails from Puerto Rico) – that’s 32 percent. Julio Urias, 22, is the youngest player who originates from Culiacán, Mexico. The range in players is symbolic as it enables individuals from around the world to strive for a sport they’re passionate about.

The interactive chart above explores what countries players come from. They range from Havana, Cuba for Yasmani Grandal to Pedro Baez hometown of Baní, Dominican Republic all the way to Kenta Maeda’s Tadaoka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Get an insight to where Dodgers players come from to play American Baseball at a professional level.

‘Netflix & Chill’ Is Here to Stay

Netflix continues to be the most used streaming service available to paying customers – surpassing that of its competitor Hulu

by Daniel Cazares

When people talk about streaming platforms, they usually talk Netflix. First founded on August 29, 1997, the company focused primarily on DVD rentals by mail. It wasn’t until the later 2000s that it began streaming content as long as paying customers had a reliable WiFi connection. It was then that streaming took off – eventually leading to the demise of walk-in video stores such as Blockbuster.

Having been the first of its kind, Netflix really cemented itself with consumers. Content was now readily available – and one perk of it was it being commercial-free. As with many commodities, there has to be a competitive market. With time, Netflix gained competitors such as Hulu.

While competition is good for consumers (being that prices fluctuate), Netflix has managed to maintain a lead over most streaming platforms. How does Netflix pull it off? According to Complex, “the streaming giant plans to have 700 original series total this year…” In this case, it’s all about content and not just in the sense of quality but quantity.

With the interactive chart above, Netflix averages out its interest over time at 72 compared to Hulu’s 17. Hulu has failed to peak at 100 while Netflix did it back in December of 2017. If that weren’t enough, Statista reported that Netflix currently sits at over 100 million subscribers compared to that of Hulu’s 20 million. One other significant difference is that Netflix is available to overseas markets while Hulu is not. In the meantime, Netflix can continue chilling with an ever-growing subscriber base.

Apple iPhone Continues to Dominate Samsung Galaxy

The Samsung Galaxy continues facing stiff competition as the Apple iPhone remains a consumer favorite

by Daniel Cazares

Back in 2007 Apple introduced it’s very first iPhone. It was known as the smartphone that would lead the mobile revolution. Now over a decade later, Apple remains on top as sales continue their record streak.

According to data provided by Statista, “iPhone sales have risen strongly over the years, from around 1.4 million iPhones sold in 2007 to more than 216 million units worldwide in 2017.”

However, Apple wasn’t the only company introducing flagship phones on an annual basis. It wasn’t until 2010 that Samsung got on board and introduced their very first Samsung Galaxy. Since then, both companies have gone head-to-head with Apple holding the No.1 spot.

With the interactive chart above, one can analyze interest over time. Apple typically releases new iPhones every year around September – and even then the interest peaks at 100. This years cap off happened during the week leading up to the Keynote presentation on September 12.

Apple has grown as a company, proving it’s worth – both financially and figuratively speaking. As a result of such success, Apple became the first company to be valued at $1 trillion dollars on August 2, 2018. Bloomberg also chimed in on the history-making news by creating an interactive timeline of both Apple’s products and successes.

Unemployment Net Change

by Daniel Cazares

History has shown that unemployment rates continuously fluctuate. In accordance, data provided by looks at the rates spanning an entire decade from the year 2005 to 2015.

With the interactive graph above, one can scroll through and get a set rate of how unemployment changes over the course of several years. For those who lived to experience the last major economic recession, it is not difficult to disseminate where the years 2008-2009 lie; unemployment was astoundingly high for these two years. While this time period was seen as the most difficult of the new millennium, high unemployment rates consecutively affected parts of the year 2010.

The primary cause of the 2008 financial crisis was the deregulation in financial industries. In 2011, HBO released Too Big to Fail based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s non-fiction book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves (2009) chronicling the 2008 financial meltdown.