Posts by: Bre

HIV in Malawi

HIV in Malawi affects the population a great deal. In 2011 it was estimated 910,000 people of the 1.5 million people living in Malawi were living with HIV (“HIV & AIDS in Malawi”). AIDS is the leading cause of death…

Clinical Medical Anthropology

Though I have a specialization in Global Public Health and Epidemiology, plan on getting my master’s in Public Health and work for Van Buren County Mental Health (a community based health program), Clinical Medical Anthropology is where my future career…

Aging

It is quite clear that American society places medications as a great importance. Through medicalization and biomedicalization of different illnesses, some of which were not even though of to be illnesses long ago, the manufacturing of medications to relieve symptoms…

Mind/Body

The “culture of biomedicine” has quite the wide range of interpretations. Many cultures in western societies give a great deal of authority to biomedicine because of its claims of universality and objectivity. Much of what biomedicine stresses have principles that…

The Benjamins

The episode “The Benjamins” gave an inside look into the life of two brothers living with Autism. We get to see the daily lives of brothers, Brad and Kenny. In this episode we get to learn a little about the…

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed in young adults and children and used to be known as juvenile diabetes. Type 1 diabetes in children and young adults means the body is not producing any insulin. Like Anna in the video, children…

Brain Fag Syndrome in Africa

The article I chose to summarize is called “Brain Fag Syndrome – a myth or a reality”. Brain Fag Syndrome (BFS) is identified in DSM-IV as a cultural bound syndrome. BFS symptoms and complaints consist of those of cognitive impairments,…

Bad Sugar

My score on the Health Equity Quiz was 6/10. The most surprising facts from the quiz was that the U.S. life expectancy only ranks 29th in the world and that our gap in wealth is widening and it is effecting…