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The Untreatable
Gavin Francis reviews ‘Pale Rider’ by Laura Spinney
disease  medicine  Publichealth  health  history  science  research  flu  epidemic 
january 2018 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
Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy
as my uncle says, "Very interesting! My frustration however includes not having enough time for even the medication bit!"
psychiatry  psychology  science  research  medicine  therapy  via:mum 
march 2011 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
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
The Forest is the Pharmacy
bioprospecting in São Tomé and Príncipe - who owns the knowledge? Healers? Scientists? Drug companies? Government? Another case study...
plant  medicine  health  science  bioprospecting  SaoTome  Africa  research  policy  tradition  knowledge  drugs  biology 
august 2009 by amaah
Clinical and Actuarial Judgment Compared
The rather surprising, and completely consistent, result of these studies is that there are no known cases where clinicians reliably out-perform actuarial methods, even when the statistical models are just linear classification rules, i.e., about as simple a model as you can come up with. In many areas, statistical classifiers significantly out-perform human experts. They even out-perform experts who have access to the statistical results, apparently because the experts place too much weight on their own judgment, and not enough on the statistics. Whether you think this is depressing news or not to some degree depends on your feelings about "clinical" experts.
science  statistics  medicine  judgement  health  humanfactors  decisions  modeling  mathematics  operations  operationsresearch  research  thinking  policy  strategy 
august 2009 by amaah
How False Rumors Can Cost Lives
On the continuing impact of false rumours - the canonical example Tuskegee experiment's effect on AIDS prevention in the black community.. an update for the web age
science  rumour  conspiracy  distribution  diffusion  history  belief  networks  humanfactors  disease  health  publichealth  flu  pandemic  medicine 
april 2009 by amaah
Technology to eradicate malaria
ignore the breathless headline... the main nugget is that "there is already expected to be a shortage in 2010 owing to a lack of the Artemisia annua wormwood plant plant"... hence this is more about admitting the need to find or engineer alternatives
malaria  health  publichealth  research  medicine  disease  science  technology  prevention  bioprospecting 
november 2008 by amaah
Health Services For All: The Ghana Example
In Ghana and I believe in Nigeria too, people use a lot of herbs. So traditional medicine is part of it. Our focus is to make sure that traditional medicine is safe so that if you buy traditional medicine you are certain you are not buying poison. So we have invested in the regulation of traditional medicine... Also insights on toxicological testing
health  policy  traditional  herbal  medicine  publichealth  Ghana  regulation  Africa  science 
october 2008 by amaah
The tree of life (and its super fruit)
The medicinal properties of the baobab fruit are the stuff of African legend. Baobabs, which have the scientific name Adansonia digitata, Baobab fruit was administered in the form of a Senegalese smoothie, the fruit pulp mixed with water to make what is k
plant  medicine  health  tree  fruit  Senegal  Africa  marketing  tradition 
july 2008 by amaah
Tibet: Caterpillar fungus changes fortunes
caterpillar fungus, a prized ingredient in traditional medicine said to boost energy and immunity, the Tibetan nomads who gather it are enjoying a windfall. "stamina, endurance, lung capacity, kidney function and, of course, sexual performance
tradition  medicine  science  history  Tibet  china  bioprospecting  development 
june 2008 by amaah
Dengue outbreak shows dark side of Rio de Janeiro
Rather than blame the stripe-bellied Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the ailment, critics say officials were slow to fumigate and take other action during the summer, when heavy rains created optimum mosquito breeding grounds.
dengue  mosquitos  medicine  health  policy  publichealth  Brazil  disease  slums 
april 2008 by amaah
medical advice
“Several extremely elderly people tell me the old cure for a ganglion,” he raises one handsome eyebrow, “is hitting it with a Bible.” Anecdotal evidence that I am not alone and yes apparently a King James bible does the trick
ganglion  humour  folklore  medicine  health 
april 2008 by amaah
Nigeria Takes On Pfizer over 'Killer Drug'
Der Spiegel gets all outraged the title: Using Africans as Guinea Pigs. Big Pharma gets no love these days.
drugs  pharmaceutical  science  testing  Nigeria  Africa  commercialization  economics  business  strategy  medicine  law  crime  policy 
november 2007 by amaah
The Best Medicine: We Are All Larry David
Soon he had narrowed his selections down to one show: television’s purest expression of social dysfunction, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Roberts considers Larry David to be the perfect proxy for a schizophrenic person.
psychology  id  culture  cringe  observation  medicine  science  health 
october 2007 by amaah
Bolivians seek world market for coca cures
four brothers mix medicinal syrups and creams from coca leaf, the raw ingredient of cocaine. "It was the knowledge I took from my grandmother that made me see coca's commercial potential" on coca-derivative products. "I remember standing at her side when
Bolivia  drugs  coca  policy  herbal  medicine  economics  commercialization  280sd 
october 2007 by amaah
Little-Known Virus Challenges a Far-Flung Health System
A little-known virus is causing a big fuss in Micronesia.The Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, produces an itchy rash, pinkeye, joint pain and fever. Since its discovery 60 years ago in an ill monkey in the Zika forest in Uganda, it has caused rare cases
mosquitos  disease  virus  publichealth  Micronesia  medicine  science  policy  USA 
august 2007 by amaah
Traditional Healers, Taxation, and Progress
there are over 45,000 traditional healers/workers in Ghana vrs 51,910 formal healthcare delivery workers. there is no record of healers from the informal economy paying taxes from their income. 85% Ghanaians use the informal traditional medicine system.
health  informal  medicine  regulation  knowledge  publichealth  taxation  governance  control  Ghana  Africa  development  economics 
august 2007 by amaah
India is testing its traditional medicines
India, too, has a long tradition of herbal medicine, and its government is keen that this tradition should be brought into the mainstream, to the profit of the country's burgeoning drug industry. To that end, it is spending about $40m on what is known as
herbal  medicine  tradition  commercialization  science  health  India  biology  bioprospecting  research  knowledge  opacity 
august 2007 by amaah
Anatomy Lessons
Was someone somewhere considering reuniting Napoleon's tooth with Napoleon's toothbrush? Inquiring minds want to know. / I think to that incongruous image of a heavy bible dropping with vicious, but medical, intent onto my supine wrist.
body  soul  language  anatomy  teeth  Napoleon  medicine  science  bible  humour  funny  ganglion  polyp  Bush  life  literature  WillSelf  perception  observation  ephemera  culture  apophenia  serendipity  toli  ObserversAreWorried 
july 2007 by amaah
African twig brushes offer all-day dental care
Across the continent south of the Sahara, many people go about their daily business with a small stick or twig protruding from their mouth, which they chew or use to scrub their teeth. Cut from wild trees and shrubs in the bush, the African toothbrush
dentistry  tradition  Africa  technology  health  science  chewingstick  research  herbal  medicine  hygiene  taste  commerce  religion 
july 2007 by amaah
Efficiency of traditional chewing sticks in oral hygiene programs among Ethiopian schoolchildren.
The mefaka (chewing stick) was found to be as effective as the toothbrush in removing oral deposits. The mefaka should be recommended for use in preventive dental programs in Ethiopia since it is effective, inexpensive, and familiar to the population.
Africa  health  science  tradition  remedy  medicine  dentistry  hygiene  publichealth 
october 2006 by amaah
Thieves Swipe Tree Bark for Thriving Herbal Market
Slippery elm trees here are falling victim to thieves who tear off their bark to sell in the burgeoning herbal-remedy market. slippery elm bark used as a soothing agent for coughs, gastrointestinal ailments and skin irritations.There’s a huge market in
herbal  medicine  bioprospecting  health  disease  usa  tradition 
august 2006 by amaah
Phantom limbs and chronic pain - A hall of mirrors
phantom-limb pain is best understood as a form of unconscious learning, similar to motor reflexes and perception skills. According to this interpretation, mirror therapy works by replacing noxious memories with innocuous ones.

With this hypothesis in m
medicine  health  brain  learning  memory  pain  research  science  thinking 
july 2006 by amaah
Medical Oaths Betrayed
the torture physicians of Argentina and Chile simply went to work in the prisons. They did what was asked of them and did not report what they saw. The complicity and silence of U.S. clinicians and military medical commanders are more like the behavior of
usa  rogues  torture  values  iraq  war  medicine  morality  policy  rumsfeld  crime  guantanamo  AbuGhraib  cia  bush 
july 2006 by amaah
Global AIDS Fund Boosts Health, Economy in Ghana
there's a growing market for AIDS drugs, and with the Global Fund, a pile of money with which to buy them. He found a Chinese drug company to bankroll and build the factory, which sits behind his pharmacy. Fred Sai was behind this.
ghana  entrepreneurship  publichealth  aids  medicine  policy  strategy  development  Africa  health  economics  externalities 
april 2006 by amaah
Angola's town of fear and lonely death
At the bottom of the hill, a local man pointed out the hut. Inside was the body of a one-month old baby girl. She had died alone, and in great pain. The Marburg virus had already killed her mother; and the rest of the family had fled in fear.
Angola  Africa  Marburg  virus  disaster  disease  Publichealth  health  waste  loss  tragedy  sad  harrowing  medicine 
may 2005 by amaah
Slideshow - Angola Battles Deadly Marburg Virus
A slideshow of photos from the trenches of those trying ot battle the current outbreak of the Marburg virus
Marburg  Ebola  Angola  health  publichealth  policy  disaster  virus  outbreak  Africa  loss  waste  photos  Uganda  sad  medicine 
april 2005 by amaah
Dr. Matthew's Passion - When Ebola came to St Mary's
That same day, several hundred Acholi traditionalists took matters into their own hands in Gulu town. They tried to chase out the virus by shouting, running around with spears and beating on saucepans. They told Ugandan journalists they intended to exorci
Ebola  virus  Marburg  Congo  Uganda  war  poverty  development  health  doctors  tradition  modernity  culture  inspirational  religion  values  medicine 
april 2005 by amaah
Malaria wedding net dress decline
the ingenuity and adaptability of the poor never ceases to amaze even if it has been counter-productive as far as public health goes in this case in Uganda where malaria nets were used for wedding dresses instead of their intended use
Africa  publichealth  culture  economics  humour  Uganda  fashion  medicine 
april 2005 by amaah

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