Choose from the following topics: 1) vaccines and Autism, 2) vitamin D deficiency and multiple sclerosis, 3) aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, 4) the cow’s milk diet to reduce weight, 5) circumcision to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, 6) moderate hypothermia after cardiac arrest to reduce neurological damage, or 7)

Choose from the following topics: 1) vaccines and Autism, 2) vitamin D deficiency and multiple sclerosis, 3) aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, 4) the cow’s milk diet to reduce weight, 5) circumcision to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, 6) moderate hypothermia after cardiac arrest to reduce neurological damage, or 7) the ketogenic diet to treat epilepsy. Present both “supporting” and “refuting” evidence. Minimum 150 words and two peer-reviewed references initial post. Minimum 100 words reply and one peer-reviewed reference. Must be published within the last five years (no older than 2015). CANNOT be a blog, WebMed, or anything that is not scholarly and peer-reviewed (meaning it cannot be from FORBES, National Geographic, etc…)

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Original Post Discussion is

150 words minimum and has logical flow.

Body of work is 150 words (minimum) and has logical flow.

The original post is less than 150 words and/or does not have logical flow.

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Original Post: Discuss at least

2 key points from the assignment

Two key points are discussed

One key point is discussed

No key points are discussed

No key points are discussed.

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Original Post References:

Two scholarly, peer-reviewed sources in-text and on reference list.

Two source are peer-viewed, scholarly, published within the last five years, and no APA errors

Two sources are peer- viewed, scholarly, published within the last five years, and with 1-2 APA errors

One source is peer-viewed, scholarly, published within the last five years, and/or has 3-4- 2 APA errors

No peer- reviewed, scholarly sources, published within the last five years, and / or multiple (more than four) APA errors

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Reply Post: Reply to at least

one peer’s original post. Discuss one point you agree with or one point you disagree with and explain why

Reply to one peer post is present with agree/disagree point discussed with explanation

Reply to one peer post is present, with agree/disagree point discussed, no explanation

Reply to one peer post is present, no point is discussed, explanation is lacking

Posting is unorganized- no comparison /contrast discussed

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Reply Post: 100 word minimum

response and logical flow Reply is 100 words (minimum) and has logical flow.

The reply is less than is 100 words (minimum) and/or does not have logical flow.

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Reply Reference: One scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in-text and on reference list in APA format.

Source is peer- viewed, scholarly, published within the last five years, and in APA format

Peer-reviewed, scholarly source, published within the last five years, and has 1-2 APA errors

Peer-reviewed, scholarly, published within the last five years, and has 3-4 APA errors

No peer- reviewed, scholarly source, published within the last five years, and / or multiple (more than four) APA errors

No post

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