Posts by: schmenka

Infant Mortality in China

I chose to look at infant mortality in China.  Though the infant mortality rate for China is improving, I found it interesting (and sad) that China, along with several other developing countries are struggling with infant mortality rates and quality…

Public Health and Anthropology

I picked public health because I plan on going to school for nursing.  I think taking this class and learning about medical anthropology has given me a view of medicine and disease I would have otherwise been oblivious to.  Since…

ADHD

It seems that in today’s culture, there is a “cure” for everything.  If you have trouble focusing in school, instead of finding ways to help your focus like, finding a productive place to do work or even finding a study…

Life/Death

The “culture of biomedicine” is how Western society has shaped what we perceive as healthy or sick and how we choose to diagnose and treat our symptoms.  This is important because whether or not we are truly sick, we as…

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, causes abnormal changes in mood generally recognized as periods of mania and depression.  These periods of mania and depression can range anywhere from mild to severe.  Bipolar disorder can have a negative impact…

Baridi in Tanzania

Baridi is an illness in Tanzania referring to emotional coldness of the sick individual due to “disrespect and/or disobedience to their parents or neglect of close family member” (Juntunen, 2005).  Basically, it is caused by bad behavior as viewed by…

Hmong Shamans in America

The article, “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul”, describes the introduction of shamans into Western medicine.  It touches upon the traditional Hmong beliefs and the role of traditional healers in curing illness in Hmong patients at Mercy Medical…

Bad Sugar

I only got 6 out of 10 right on the Health Equity quiz.  When I look back on the quiz, what surprised me the most was that, even though we spend more on health care than other countries, the US…