Posts by: korpela4

HIV in Malawi

The global health problem I chose to discuss is HIV in Malawi. According to the AVERT website, the adult prevalence of HIV in the country is 10.8%. “AIDS is the leading cause of death amongst adults in Malawi, and is…

Epidemiology

The area of applied medical anthropology I chose to analyze is epidemiology. I chose this field because during my sophomore year at MSU, I took the Introduction to Epidemiology class. I was very interested in the material and topics of…

Erectile Dysfunction

The role of medications has transformed over the years. On behalf of the major influences of culture onto biomedicine, many trends have shaped the way biomedicine is practiced today. Some of these trends include, mass production, consumer capitalism, mass media,…

Nature/Culture

The phrase, “culture of biomedicine,” has a complex description. Biomedicine emphasizes the biology, or physiology and anatomy, of the human body in determining the treatment of an illness. Culture plays a role in how one understands and experiences their treatment….

“I Have Social Anxiety”

The episode of True Life that I chose to watch is titled, “I Have Social Anxiety.” The episode follows two individuals who suffer from social anxiety, an illness that leads one to feel fear during social interactions and can result…

Restless Leg Syndrome

The medical condition I chose to elaborate on is Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS. This condition is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, or WED, and is described as a neurological disorder that results in an urge to move the legs,…

Hikikomori in Japan

The culture bound syndrome I chose to research is hikikomori among the Japanese culture. Hikikomori can be described in various ways; generally, this CBS is defined in terms of young people who withdraw. Within the Japanese culture, is it very…

Clown Doctors in NYC

The article I chose to reflect on is titled, “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine.” This article described the group referred to as the CCU, or Clown Care Unit, of New York City hospitals. The healers of this article…

Becoming American

After completing the health equity quiz, I had answered 4 questions correct out of the 10 questions possible.  I was surprised by all of the questions asked and the statistics of public health around the world. I knew the difference…