Culture vs Medicine

These Ethiopian immigrant patients value their communities' traditional and herbal medicine practices over Westernized medical attention in hospitals. (Photo by ethnoMED)
These Ethiopian immigrant patients value their communities’ traditional and herbal medicine practices over Westernized medical attention in hospitals. (Photo by ethnoMED)

All cultures respond to illnesses and accept treatments differently. Cultural values are now involved in a battle between Western societies’ advancing technological innovations and different medical treatments and actions.

According to Dr. Gregory Juckett’s Cross-Culture Medicine, “Cultural competency is an essential skill for family physicians because of increasing ethnic diversity among patient populations. Culture, the shared beliefs and attitudes of a group, shapes ideas of what constitutes illness and acceptable treatment.”

Many ethnic and cultural groups have a different perspective of the health care system than most Americans. Health care professionals believe their patients will easily adapt to their mainstream values of addressing illness and diseases. Continue reading “Culture vs Medicine”

Days Later, What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? What People Know and Don’t Know

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“Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, we have not found anything that appear to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft,” said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department.

Three dozen aircrafts, forty ships, and hundreds of rescue personnel are out searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing three days ago. Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur before 1 am Saturday morning (1 pm Friday ET). Carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, it was designated to land in Beijing, China when it went missing. Continue reading “Days Later, What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? What People Know and Don’t Know”