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Comfort Measures
Dying is not peaceful; dying is hard fucking work. Dying is active. We leave this world with the same movement as we came into it, and just as there’s no wrong way to be born — as the hospice nurse told us — there’s no wrong way to die. There’s only the struggle of getting there. There are only varying levels of comfort and fear. There is only the time it takes to do it. There is what you leave behind, and who you leave it with.
death  family  memory  obituary  culture  observation  grief  perception  health  mourning 
march 2018 by amaah
The Untreatable
Gavin Francis reviews ‘Pale Rider’ by Laura Spinney
disease  medicine  Publichealth  health  history  science  research  flu  epidemic 
january 2018 by amaah
Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention
The technique is called Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention. Over four months, health workers give four doses of anti-malaria drugs to children under age 5.
malaria  disease  publichealth  strategy  health  prevention  mali  africa  mosquitos 
november 2016 by amaah
Zika virus ‘spreading explosively,
the mosquito principle: “The mosquito is ubiquitous,” she said. “You don’t need to travel to get the disease.”
mosquitos  publichealth  disease  health  brazil  virus  science  epidemic  zika 
january 2016 by amaah
What's Left Behind: Identity Continuity Moderates the Effect of Nostalgia on Well-Being and Life Choices
feeling nostalgic about the past in the context of lower identity continuity had negative consequences for well-being, perceived ability to cope with challenges, and interest in new opportunities rather than focusing on familiar experiences
nostalgia  research  psychology  science  culture  identity  stress  health 
may 2015 by amaah
Finding a cure for Ebola
donors value the life of someone in Britain twenty times more than the life of someone in Sierra Leone... So the reason we don’t have a vaccine against Ebola is that the likely victims of the disease are not wealthy enough to pay for the full cost of these medicines; and donors don’t invest enough in developing drugs and vaccines for relatively rare diseases like Ebola because the value they place on the lives of people in developing countries is too low.
ebola  morality  values  disease  economics  incentives  markets  capitalism  power  strategy  poverty  SierraLeone  development  africa  virus  publichealth  health 
october 2014 by amaah
Ebola The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections
Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections — NEJM
ebola  virus  disease  guinea  SierraLeone  liberia  africa  publichealth  distribution  science  health 
september 2014 by amaah
The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts
would love to see the human subject protocols that the Columbia University approved
drugs  publichealth  humanfactors  economics  health 
september 2013 by amaah
Ghana Mandated Unleaded Fuel in July 2003
Perhaps this will be Kufuor's greatest legacy... A decade later we should be reaping the environmental, economic and social benefit (e.g. crime reduction, better social cohesion)
ghana  environment  crime  publichealth  pollution  policy  health  africa 
february 2013 by amaah
Healing Spirits
Dan Mason on "these loose boundaries between medicine man, sorcerer, medium, physician".
spirit  religion  publichealth  policy  perception  culture  shamanism  history  healing  health  healers  medicine 
august 2012 by amaah
Colonialism in Africa helped launch the HIV epidemic a century ago
The scramble to find patient zero is second only to the scramble to assign blame and framing narratives.. forensic biology
trade  interplay  genetics  genetic  biology  colonialism  Africa  distribution  forensics  history  aids  research  health 
march 2012 by amaah
Study Finds Big Butts Are Healthy
funny that this is highlighted on the black health zone
butt  aesthetic  health  beauty  black  perception  culture  research 
january 2012 by amaah
Paving Paradise
on the benefits of concrete:
Kids in houses that moved from all-dirt to all-concrete floors saw parasitic infestation rates drop 78 percent; the number of children who had diarrhea in any given month dropped by half; anemia fell more than four-fifths; and scores on cognitive tests went up by more than a third. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, mothers in newly cemented houses reported less depression and greater life satisfaction.)
development  publichealth  science  health  infrastructure  housing  economics  policy  strategy 
january 2012 by amaah
Mobile technology for communty health in Ghana (pdf)
case study on "mobile midwives": disseminating information to pregnant woman via cell phones and the associated growing pains, pun intended
ghana  africa  health  publichealth  mobile  technology  networks  education  pregnancy  development  infrastructure  poverty  policy 
november 2011 by amaah
Ghana's population explosion
lovely bit of reporting... John Vidal returns to the country of his birth, Ghana, in search of the midwife who delivered him
ghana  africa  population  observation  travel  culture  education  memory  health  maternal  history 
october 2011 by amaah
Balanced Diets
Dan Mason in full effect... he was arguing about this at our open house: the propensity to eat clay... "The Otomacs ate earth, “a prodigious quantity” of it. During the two to three months of the rainy season, when the high and turbulent waters of the river made fishing difficult, they claimed to eat nothing but."
food  taste  health  obsession  culture  literature 
july 2011 by amaah
Atomic City, la ville et le nucléaire
documentary on Richland, the nuclear city in the west of the US.. its iconography is that of the mushroom cloud. interesting relationship between the population that depends on the jobs cleaning up the nuclear mess, the town and the nuclear material it draws it notoriety from.
Pour cette communaute, la nucleaire est une affaire de famille.
nuclear  video  documentary  France  city  urban  sociology  anthropology  usa  culture  history  bomb  iconography  Nagasaki  plutonium  memory  observation  radiation  health  policy  danger  richland  hanford  safety 
january 2011 by amaah
For many in Kenya, illegal brew has a sting
"They're waiting to take their share," mutters Auma, seeming more bored than annoyed. She ambles out to pay them their usual bribe: about $8.
alcohol  culture  health  informal  city  urban  law  regulation  poverty  Kenya  Africa 
september 2010 by amaah
The Tenacious Buzz of Malaria
It took a lot more than Abracadabras for the malaria parasite, Plasmodium, to unclench its tentacles: a state-run quinine distribution program in the early 1900s, the ruthless swampland reclamation programs of Mussolini a few decades later, a blitz of DDT around midcentury, and the general economic transformation of the lot of the Italian peasant all had to run their long and arduous course before malaria departed from Italy, centuries after Rome fell.
malaria  health  publichealth  disease  africa  medicine  science  strategy  mosquitos  adaptation 
july 2010 by amaah
Scott and Scurvy
Brevity is for the weak is the motto, one of my favourite writers tackles the history of science and technology - notably how widespread knowledge about the cure for scurvy came to be lost in the second half of the 19th century. The knowledge about the benefits of citrus fruits somehow wasn't retained... talk about bitter roots
knowledge  history  retention  food  plant  science  distribution  disease  health  medicine  nutrition 
march 2010 by amaah
Doctors as Bankers: Evidence from Fertility Markets
Jim Hawkins investigates how doctors act as shills for credit companies and banks who they recommend to patients seeking expensive treatments that aren't normally covered by insurance

"doctors play an important role in patients’ decisions about credit, discussing credit with patients and even recommending and promoting specific lenders to patients while excluding consideration of other potential lenders."
economics  banking  health  credit  debt  values  standards  USA  business  decisions  doctors  shellgame 
february 2010 by amaah
On Iris Robinson
But how far up is a woman allowed to go? Is it mad for a woman from a council estate to adorn her new villa with hand-painted murals, to decorate each room according to a different theme (Oriental, Scottish, Italian). Is it a bit manic to have, in your study, a hand-carved, ten-foot-high, three-ton stone fireplace which you have had specially designed and installed? Is it unhinged to order wallpaper hand-printed with the quotation ‘Non magni pendis quia contigit’ (‘one does not value things easily obtained’) – or is it only counter-productive, because it shows so clearly that you left school at 16?
health  mental  psychology  depression  gender  politics  psychiatry  Ireland  language  hatchetjob 
january 2010 by amaah
Having a big bum, hips and thighs 'is healthy'
physiological evidence for proponents of the butt aesthetic
butt  aesthetic  biology  health  via:abenadove 
january 2010 by amaah
Ex-Miss Argentina Solange Magnano dies after buttock surgery
"A woman who had everything lost her life to have a slightly firmer behind," he said.
The butt aesthetic has its costs.
butt  aesthetic  beauty  sad  absurd  culture  perception  fashion  Argentina  health  medicine  accident 
december 2009 by amaah
Bites of passage
The American population of Asian tiger mosquitoes entered the country sometime around 1986, through the Port of Houston, in a shipment of used tyres from Japan. It spread out along the interstate highways, wherever tyres were stored or dumped, laying its eggs in those round, sheltered, rubberised cavities supplied by human beings, or in anything else that would hold water.
mosquitos  science  health  biology  adaptability  adaptation  publichealth  distribution  disease  usa  environment 
october 2009 by amaah
Smoking bans and public norms
the interesting question is not so much the spread of the ban across jurisdictions as its nearly universal success in implementation
smoking  norms  mores  behaviour  sociology  law  politics  health  communities  social  economics  costs  policy  strategy 
september 2009 by amaah
In Paris, Behavior Brigade Battles To Make Oui-Oui a Non-Non
on trying to stop public urination ... nuisance versus perception of victimless crime...
health  norms  sanitation  publichealth  crime  waste  policy  regulation  city  urban  Paris  social  values  nuisance  culture  perception  France  behaviour  humanfactors 
september 2009 by amaah
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