Posts by: porterh1

MERS in Saudi Arabia

MERS stands for middle eastern respiratory syndrome and it is similar to the SARS virus which erupted in China in 2003. It comes from a coronavirus that causing a severe respiratory disease that has a high fatality rate in humans….

Epidemiology

I chose to investigate the intersection of epidemiology because I have always been interested in diseases and how they spread from person to person and also how they are treated. I also am debating the possibility of ¬†eventually continuing my…

Insomnia

Medications play a large role in American society and this role increases as the years pass. There are two trends in biomedicine that demonstrate this, Medicalization (1950-1985) and Biomedicalization (1985-present). The Medicalization time is described as “the control over bodies…

Life/Death

Anthropologists describe the “culture of biomedicine” in three main ways. First is the institutional history of biomedicine, which is how certain biological facts/ideas came to power and then how they evolved. Next is the language of biomedical facts, which is…

Restless Leg Syndrome

The misunderstood illness I chose was Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) which is an illness in which someone experiences feelings of pain or discomfort (mainly in the legs) that prevents them from being able to relax or sit still. I picked…

I have Social Anxiety

The video I chose to watch was “I have Social Anxiety”. This video was about two people, Nonie (21) and Scott (26), who had severe experience severe anxiety in different social settings. Nonie feared interactions with all people who were…

Hwa-Byung among older Koreans

The culture-based syndrome I chose to research was Hwa-Byung, which is caused by the suppression of anger over a long period of time (even some cases up to 30+ years). Hwa-Byung is most commonly found in first generation older immigrant…

Osteoporosis among Caucasian women

Race, genetics, and health are all interconnected because both race and genetics can have an effect on an individuals health. Certain races are more prone to particular diseases such as Malaria in Africans or Osteoporosis in American and Asian women….

Collateral Damage

On the Health Equity Quiz I received a 4/10. I was really surprised about the life expectancy in the US; I expected it to be in the top 10 because our country is wealthier and has more access to top…