Posts by: chavezy1

Malaria in Nigeria

Malaria is a parasitic infectious disease commonly spread by mosquitos that causes fever, chills, and flu-like illnesses that can also result in coma, or death.  Documentation of the disease extends back to more than 4000 years ago in ancient civilizations…

Obesity

Medications play a huge role in medicalization and an increasingly large role in biomedicalization.  Reliance on medications for control over basic biological behavior has been part of American society for quite some time and has grown into the ‘enhancement’ segment…

Male/Female

The “culture of biomedicine” acknowledges that although we may believe biomedicine to be factual and truth-laden, it is actually a construct of Western society and therefore, not so autonomous from our cultural context.  This means that biomedicine can be studied…

True Life: I Have Autism

‘I Have Autism’ uses the quest narrative to follow the story of three teenagers dealing with their autism as they work toward their individual goals.  First, there is 17 year old Jeremy with severe autism who struggles to have the…

Restless Leg Syndrome

Just as shown in the first lecture, Restless Leg Syndrome is a chronic condition characterized by the frequent urge to move the legs, or other parts of the body that may feel painful or uncomfortable.  It can interfere with relaxation…

Debilidad within Andean Peasants

The culture-bound syndrome, debilidad, manifests with a generalized debility, and a physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion that mainly affects older Andean peasant women chronically, and most frequently, post-reproductive women.  In this study, one woman in every three households reported having…

Clown Doctors in NYC

The Clown Doctors article describes the role of the Clown Care Unit (CCU), a group of professional clowns working in New York City Hospitals in their attempt to complement, or rather enhance the efficacy of biomedical treatment through entertainment and…

Bad Sugar

I got a 5/10 on the Health Equity Quiz but would have done much worse were it not for some of the classes I took over the last year like epidemiology.  I remember some of the surprising statistics from that…