What factors are causing the epidemic of diabetes that is occurring worldwide?

OD #6:

Online Discussion #6 – Chapters 12, 13, and 14

For this online discussion, you will only be answering a total of THREE (3) questions. You will choose Questions 1 OR 2; Questions 3 OR 4; Questions 5 OR 6.

I  hope that you will enjoy being able to select the questions you wish to answer.  Remember, minimal total number of words for this week’s answers will be: 150 X 3 = 450 words.

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Well, we are in my special area of expertise – communicable disease.  Please read through Chapter 12 – I think you will learn a lot.  The topic is “Communicable Diseases”.

CHOOSE ONE of the following questions to answer (#1 OR #2).  Be sure to include the number of the question you are answering.

1. What are the most important communicable diseases in terms of death in low and middle income countries?  In YOUR opinion what is the most significant one of these diseases and WHY do you think this is? (cite Skolnik, with page numbers; CH. 12).

2. If relatively few people die as a result of parasitic diseases, IN YOUR OPINION, why are they so important?  When you read chapter 12, was there a parasitic disease that you had not ever yet heard of before?  (cite Skolnik, with page numbers; CH. 12).

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Please read Chapters 13 (Non-Communicable Diseases) and 14 (Unintentional Injuries)..

Now we are looking at both non-communicable diseases and unintentional injuries.  In some countries, such as Malawi or Bangladesh, accidents (road and other) end up being one of the major causes of both morbidity and mortality.  For one thing, there is no EMS system.  If you are injured, you need to find a way to the nearest facility  – sometimes the best that can be offered is a ‘bicycle’ ambulance.  “Ambulances” are actually empty trucks with benches in them.  They are mostly used to transport health workers out into the bush for mobile health clinics.  We were told, in Malawi, if we hit a person, to not stop.  We were to drive to the nearest town to report the accident.  If we stayed to help the person, we may end up as part of a riot as neighbors and relatives would come out to investigate and blame us for the injury.  This made us sick to our stomachs to think that we should not provide help at the scene.  If we hit an animal, same thing- or be prepared to pay, in cash, money to the owner for the animal.

Having said this, here are your questions for chapter 13:

For Chapter 13 (Non-communicable diseases):

CHOOSE ONE of the following questions to answer (#3 OR #4).  Be sure to include the number of the question you are answering.
3. What factors are causing the epidemic of diabetes that is occurring worldwide?  What do YOU think about this?(cite Skolnik, with page numbers)?  (CH. 13)

4. What measures have proven effective in reducing the use of tobacco and the abuse of alcohol worldwide (cite Skolnik, with page numbers)?  What are your thoughts about this? (CH. 13)

For chapter 14 (Unintentional Diseases):

CHOOSE ONE of the following questions to answer (#5 OR #6).  Be sure to include the number of the question you are answering.

5. Do men and women suffer from unintentional injuries at the same rates?  Why or why not?  What are your OPINIONS about this? (CH. 14)

6. What are the risk factors for road traffic accidents (cite Skolnik, with page numbers)?  In your opinion, what are the most cost effective steps that low and middle income countries can take to reduce the burden of road traffic accidents on health? (CH. 14)

Remember to make at least TWO responses to your colleagues’ answers.  These must each be at least 200 words.

Note the deadline for the Online Discussion.  No late entries will be accepted except for extenuating circumstances as determined by B. Beard.  Decisions are final.

NO editing after you post answers without permission from instructor. If you edit, without permission, you will receive 0 points for your answers for the OD.

See course syllabus for word count minimums.  Be sure to make two responses.

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Below is a photo of me in Malawi – outside a hospital where they wash and reuse gloves.

 

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