The Reading / Listening - Greying Hair - Level 5

Scientists have found that stress turns our hair grey, white or silver in mice. Stem cell biologists from Harvard University did a series of tests on mice to find the effects of stress on them. The scientists injected the mice with the ingredient in chili peppers that gives them their heat. This made the mice stressed. It caused a hair-colouring pigment in the mice to overwork as a reaction to the stress. It used up all colour-regenerating stem cells and the mice's hair rapidly turned white. A researcher said: "The detrimental impact of stress that we discovered was beyond what I imagined."



For centuries, people have believed that stress turns hair grey. France's Queen Marie Antoinette's hair supposedly turned white the night before she was beheaded during the French Revolution. More recently, the hair of presidents and other world leaders have quickly lost colour. The strains of leadership have gone to the roots of things, especially hair follicles. The researcher said the loss of the pigment-regenerating stem cells cannot be reversed. She said: "You can't regenerate pigment any more. The damage is permanent." She thinks stress could accelerate the aging process.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Greying Hair - Level 4 or  Greying Hair - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10800966/stress-cause-hair-to-go-grey/
  • https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/stress-turns-hair-gray-by-depleting-pigment-producing-stem-cells-67004
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/23/yes-stress-really-turn-hair-grey-12107764


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a series
  2. The scientists injected
  3. the ingredient
  4. a hair-colouring
  5. overwork as a
  6. the mice's hair rapidly
  7. The detrimental impact
  8. beyond what I
  1. turned white
  2. pigment
  3. of stress
  4. the mice
  5. imagined
  6. in chili peppers
  7. reaction to the stress
  8. of tests

Paragraph 2

  1. For centuries, people have
  2. the night before she was
  3. The strains of
  4. gone to the roots
  5. especially hair
  6. You can't regenerate pigment
  7. The damage is
  8. stress could accelerate
  1. any more
  2. leadership
  3. the aging process
  4. beheaded
  5. permanent
  6. of things
  7. follicles
  8. believed that

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have found that stress turns our hair grey, white or silver in mice. (1) ___________________ from Harvard University did a series of tests on mice to find the (2) ___________________ on them. The scientists injected the mice with (3) ___________________ chili peppers that gives them their heat. This made the mice stressed. It caused a hair-colouring pigment in the mice to overwork (4) ___________________ to the stress. It used up all colour-regenerating stem cells and the mice's (5) ___________________ white. A researcher said: "The (6) ___________________ stress that we discovered was beyond what I imagined."

For (7) ___________________ believed that stress turns hair grey. France's Queen Marie Antoinette's hair supposedly turned white (8) ___________________ she was beheaded during the French Revolution. More recently, the hair of presidents and other world leaders have quickly lost colour. The (9) ___________________ have gone to the roots of things, (10) ___________________. The researcher said the loss of the pigment-regenerating stem cells cannot be reversed. She said: "You can't regenerate pigment any more. The (11) ___________________." She thinks stress could accelerate (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavefoundthatstressturnsourhairgrey,whiteorsilverinmic
e.StemcellbiologistsfromHarvardUniversitydidaseriesoftestsonmic
etofindtheeffectsofstressonthem.Thescientistsinjectedthemicewith
theingredientinchilipeppersthatgivesthemtheirheat.Thismadethemi
cestressed.Itcausedahair-colouringpigmentinthemicetooverworkas
areactiontothestress.Itusedupallcolour-regeneratingstemcellsandt
hemice'shairrapidlyturnedwhite.Aresearchersaid:"Thedetrimentali
mpactofstressthatwediscoveredwasbeyondwhatIimagined."Forcen
turies,peoplehavebelievedthatstressturnshairgrey.France'sQueen
MarieAntoinette'shairsupposedlyturnedwhitethenightbeforeshewas
beheadedduringtheFrenchRevolution.Morerecently,thehairofpresid
entsandotherworldleadershavequicklylostcolour.Thestrainsofleade
rshiphavegonetotherootsofthings,especiallyhairfollicles.Theresearc
hersaidthelossofthepigment-regeneratingstemcellscannotberever
sed.Shesaid:"Youcan'tregeneratepigmentanymore.Thedamageisp
ermanent."Shethinksstresscouldacceleratetheagingprocess.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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