Posts by: barne193

Malaria in Africa

Malaria is a disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through mosquito bites by affected mosquitoes. Malaria is life-threatening, but it is also preventable and curable (1). Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites and is transmitted exclusively through…

Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution of disease in human populations as well as the factors that influence this distribution. I am extremely interested in disease prevention, and I hope one day to further the movement of the paradigm…

Obesity

In the United States today, medications take many forms of health and beauty seeking, from treatment to prevention of disease in some cases to enhancement. Since the mid 1980s, biomedicalization has emerged and even overpowered medicalization. Biolmedicalization can be defined…

Nature/Culture

The culture of biomedicine, or allopathic medicine, explains health in the terms of biology. In biomedicine in the U.S., anatomy and physiology are the focus of optimal health, and other cultural approaches are seen as secondary (1). The concept of…

I Have Orthorexia

For 22 year-old model and actress, Spring, Orthorexia, or a severely limited diet, is her way of staying slim for the cameras. She reports how expensive it is for her to eat the way she does, and how hard maintaining…

Type I Diabetes

Type I diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is a less common form of the chronic illness. In this condition, the pancreas does not produce a sufficient amount of insulin to convert sugars into energy for daily use. Type I…

Mal de Ojo in Hispanics and Latinos

Culturally Bound Syndromes like mal de ojo in Hispanics show the far-reaching consequences that culture has on medicine. In “From Hippocrates to Adams County: Tracing Humoral Medicine in Literature and Practice,” the reception of Hispanic medical theory in Western culture…

Sick Around the World

The World Health Organization ranks the Untied States health care system as 37th in the world in terms of quality and fairness. We can learn lessons from other countries. The health care system in Great Britain may seem too close…

Bad Sugar

I scored a 5/10 on the health-equity quiz. Although I know that America is a highly-developed and wealthy country, I know from prior knowledge the benefits of vegetarian diets and healthy Mediterranean diets that are prevalent in other cultures. The question that…