Posts by: Alexis Rife

Tuberculosis in Haiti

Tuberculosis, or TB, is one of Haiti’s greatest infectious causes of mortality in both youth and adults and has been termed a priority country by the Pan American Health Organization for TB control. TB is a highly contagious disease that…

Public Health

I chose to investigate the area of public health because I am interested in learning more about (widespread healthcare and/or health). I have really enjoyed this class and I now believe that I would like to work in the field…

Menopause

In American society, medications have become so ingrained into our culture that it seems we could no longer live without them, as is evident in the “Pill Poppers” video. One woman in particular had eventually become addicted to her medication…

Life/Death

The culture of biomedicine refers to the way society perceives biomedicine (i.e. that, in today’s society, it is believed that biomedicine can sometimes be taken into our own hands). As explained in the lecture this week, cultural studies of biomedicine…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disease comprised of a multitude of painful bodily sensations and which is also largely misunderstood in our society. As characterized in “Fibromyalgia+ The Type ‘A’ Personality= Chaos, Frustration, and Near Insanity!,” this illness consists of a myriad…

“I Have Social Anxiety”

The episode of True Life that I watched dealt with cases of extreme social anxiety. One particular case followed throughout the episode is very much a chaos narrative because the woman in question never truly recovers and eventually relapses back…

Obesity in the U.S.

I chose to research more about the increasing epidemic of obesity that is hitting the United States today. Obesity affects people all over the world, but it is particularly associated with Western culture and especially the U.S. If we continue…

Clown Doctors in NYC

In 1986, Michael Christensen co-founded the Big Apple Circus for the Clown Care Unit, an organized group of clowns that specially serve seven different pediatric wards around New York City. These professionally-trained clowns spend two to three days a week…

Skin Cancer Among Caucasians

I identify most with skin cancer among Caucasians, especially since my skin is so ghostly pale and I feel more susceptible to the sun’s rays. I think skin cancer is so prevalent among Caucasians because our lighter skin is easier…

“Bad Sugar”

I did not do very well on the Health equity quiz, I answered only two out of ten correctly. The most surprising statistics, I thought, was the fact that we are ranked 29th in the world in terms of overall…