Posts by: mackohal

HIV/AIDS in Africa

South Africa has the highest number of people estimated to be living with HIV and AIDS in any country. The HIV virus weakens the immune system putting a person at high risk for developing AIDS and the resulting opportunistic infections…

Depression

Americans are relying heavily on medications more so now than ever before. Over the course of a lifetime, the average person may be prescribed more than 14,000 pills and be taking five or more pills every day by age 70…

Life/Death

The phrase “culture of biomedicine” refers to the focus Western medicine places on biology to treat diseases and maintain health. This practice of evidence-based medicine isn’t common to all areas around the world and medicine practiced in non-western cultures may…

Chronic Pain

Chronic illness is explained as the “continual disruption of a person’s ongoing life, touching the individual’s sense of self or even causing a loss of self” (Werner). Chronic muscular pain is one such chronic illness and includes fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue…

I Have Narcolepsy

This episode documents two young women suffering from both narcolepsy and cataplexy. Narcolepsy affects sleeping patterns and causes excessive daytime sleeping, while cataplexy results in sudden loss of muscle control. Their narratives shift between two models moving from a chaos…

Clown Doctors in NYC

Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine reflects on the healing performed by professional clowns in various medical centers in New York City. These “Clown Doctors” are specially trained, not to provide conventional remedies to alleviate illness, but instead offer…

High Prevalence of Melanoma among Whites

As discussed in this weeks lecture, race, gender and health are interwoven.  Genetic similarities should not be misconstrued as the equivalence of biological races and no medical test can determine race because there are no specific genetic markers that will…

“Bad Sugar”

The Health Equity Quiz was harder than I was anticipating and I only got 2 of the questions correct.  I was surprised by each statistic presented in this quiz but I was most shocked at how much money is spent…