Posts by: tassonie

HIV/AIDs in Malawi

HIV/AIDs is a well-known global disease that effects people from all over the world, but Sub-Saharan Africa contains the largest population of infected people. The Sub-Saharan is home to 71% of the worldwide population of people living with HIV/AIDs, that’s…

Insomnia

Today’s American society has become highly dependent on medications. There’s a medication for just about any ailment or discomfort we might have in our bodies. The goal of medicalization and biomedicalization is to use medical interventions, most commonly in the…

Mind/Body

Biomedicine is the study and treatment of disease using a biological and scientific approach. It is the type of medicine used in western society and is said to be universal and objective from culture. However, while biomedicine may not share…

True Life: I Have Diabetes

This episode of true life follows three young people, Kristyn (25), Matt (19), and Jen (19), with diabetes and how they cope with it in their daily lives. They have to balance managing their diabetes on top of work, school,…

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a vastly misunderstood condition that is very real and has detrimental effects on the lives of those affected. Through my experience, I’d say that the majority of our culture doesn’t fully understand what bipolar means; it gets…

Brain Fag Syndrome in West Africa

Brain Fag Syndrome (BFS) is a culture bound syndrome found in several countries of Western and Sub-Saharan Africa such as Nigeria, Uganda, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Malawi. This illness typically affects students in secondary school or universities or professionals who…

Clown Doctors of NYC

In hospitals across New York City, a special type of doctor works within the halls of the pediatrics divisions, clown doctors. The Clown Care Unit as they’re called, or CCU, has been bringing the healing power of laughter to hospitalized…

Place Matters

I did not do as well as I thought I would on the Health Equity Quiz; I received a 4 out of 10. I was surprised by how little I know about global health and the economic effects on health…

Cystic Fibrosis Among Caucasians

The relationship between race, genetics, and health is very complex and dependent on several other factors. Genetics is related to health and race is related to health, but race and genetics are not related to each other. So how do…