Medicine and Health Sciences

The Mediator - Volume X, Issue 1 December 2014

The present issue may be regarded as an epistemological sampler. Each article takes a distinctive approach to ways of knowing. Our first article, from professors Kwon and Crizaldo, takes a decidedly modern tack yet reaches a markedly post-modern conclusion. Using the standard tools of qualitative social sciences, they tackle the problem of knowledge, attitudes, and practices relative to dengue prevention in a community located adjacent to the Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary.


A Web-Based Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Ophthalmic Pathologies

Chronic ophthalmic pathologies are a prevalent cause of blindness and vision impairment (VI) in the world. There are an estimated 1.02 million people who are blind, 3.22 million people with vision impairment, and 8.2 million people living with correctable vision impairment. 1 Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataract, cancers, and diabetic retinopathy are the prominent pathologies among the many that can cause vision impairment or vision loss.


Helping Babies Breathe: Neonatal Resuscitative Teaching to Midwives in Ghana, West Africa

The American Academy of Pediatrics designed Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), an educational program for low-resource areas. This project implemented a modified HBB program to teach neonatal resuscitation skills to four midwives in rural Ghana. The midwives averaged pre-test scores of (a) 39.2%, (b) 37.5% and post test scores of (a) 71.4%, (b) 83.7%. This train-the-trainer framework has resulted in one midwife continuing the teaching to hospitals in the region.

Kekeli Women: The Impact of Being A Community Health Promoter in Ghana, West Africa

The Kekeli Project seeks to improve the day to day health of individuals in Akatsi, Ghana (West Africa) by empowering lay women to serve as health promoters within their own villages and communities. These women volunteer to provide basic health education, blood pressure screening, wound care, and safe delivery assistance. Point Loma Nazarene University has been working with this group through a summer study abroad program since 2015. Previous studies have demonstrated the positive impact of lay health promoters on the health of their communities.


Cerebrovascular Crises Leading to Major Neurological Disabilities and Rehabilitation Implications for the Occupational Therapist

A Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) is the most common label ascribed to people who have experienced strokes. Ischemic Stroke, Hemorrhagic Stroke, and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) are the most common causes for neurological disability that impairs quality of life. CVA’s can be the result of a variety of morbidities, including thrombotic occlusions, atherosclerotic calcification, ruptured aneurysms, abnormal blood pressure, and irregular blood flow, associated with irregular dynamics.



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