Public Health

Examining the social determinants of global eye health: Sharing my story of vision care (pt. 3)

This post is part three. Read part one and two of this series. As Together We See (TWS) grew, our team conducted international vision screenings. In these programs, we’d begin by remotely training volunteers in that region to conduct visual acuity examinations using OcularCheck. In an ordinary year, our team would have conducted these ourselves, but we couldn’t travel due…

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Public Health

Racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations demonstrate a biosocial impact

Eleven months: after the first SARS-CoV-2 case in December 2019, pharmaceutical research and development produced an effective vaccine in November 2020. The speed of this timeline is unmatched in human history, as typically, vaccines take more than a decade to develop. Yet, science is only the first link of the public health chain. The next steps, comprising equitable distribution and…

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Public Health

Analyzing the effects of mask-wearing and social distancing on brain development in children

Throughout Homo sapiens’ rich history, our species has evolved to become deeply social animals. For instance, the first hunter-gatherers lived in bands, allowing their members to depend on each other for food and resources. Similarly, our most basic unit of community—the family—reflects our ability to develop deep relationships that often last us a lifetime. The unique social aspect of the…

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Public Health

How COVID-19 is affecting the BLM movement: An intersection of public health and racial justice

In the last few weeks, we have seen a tremendous increase in awareness about racial inequality in America. Fortunately, progress is occurring at an accelerating pace thanks to the tireless efforts of protesters and activists. Because of our country’s history, protesting is deeply symbolic of our core American identity, as it represents our defiance towards injustice and wrongdoing. Now more…

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Public Health

Developing OcularCheck, an app that detects visual refractive errors: Sharing my story of vision care (pt. 2)

My visit to the Lions Sight Research Foundation’s eye clinic (read more here) “opened my eyes” to the world of visual impairments. Although I’d experienced my own visual impairment as a personal reality, I didn’t notice that it occurred on a much larger scale until witnessing this firsthand at the eye clinic. From the stream of patients waiting at the…

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Anthropology, Public Health

How coronavirus has affected human cultures and religions around the world [Podcast]

Author’s note: At Anthro Analyst, we often analyze societal issues about public health from an anthropological perspective. In doing so, we try to provide unique insight into global public health trends and offer unique commentary from the perspective of high-school students. This is the first episode of our podcast which provides us a great platform to discuss anthropological ideas in…

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Public Health

How social distancing affects a social species: A survey-based study of high school students

Public health experts have concluded that coronavirus is one of the greatest threats of this century. In the last month, our cities have transformed from busy hubs of commerce and activity into ghost towns. It’s clear that the world will be impacted by this pandemic for many years to come. Yet, paralleling the havoc outside, this chaos has impacted our…

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Anthropology, Public Health

Xenophobic narratives surrounding the coronavirus have spread as quickly as the deadly disease itself

Last Updated: 2/28/2020, 9:42 PM CST – Section on Chinese wildlife consumption. In the last few weeks, the coronavirus, officially termed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has infected thousands around the world. As of February 27th, it has been responsible for almost 3,000 deaths and more than 80,000 cases over 50 countries. Escalating from a few isolated cases…

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Public Health

Digital eye strain in 2019: Problems, causes, and possible solutions

We Americans spend 42% of our hours awake connected to devices, a figure trending upwards over the past five years. Sound startling? It is—studies show that this increased digital time may be responsible for the recent rise in myopia and other visual impairments across the population. Is there anything we can do to prevent this? Perhaps more importantly, are such…

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