Health 101 Topic 3 Causes of Changes in Human Health Status (abstract) Past 160 years: Reduced infectious disease rates Why in the early 1800’s? 1. SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT -1800’s: -increased activism -working conditions improved

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HLTH 101 Fall 2010
TOPIC 3. CAUSES OF CHANGES IN HUMAN HEALTH
STATUS
Past 160 years: Reduced infectious disease rates
Why in the early 1800’s?
1. SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
-1800’s: -increased activism
-working conditions improved
-increased labor laws
-increased education
All these factors reduced inequality in the population which
tends to result in overall better health among the population.
They increase nutrition and public health usually. (Less gap in
socioeconomic status, better health on average)
2. IMPROVED NUTRITION
-malnourishment: increased mortality from disease
Ie) measles, malaria, diarrhea, tuberculosis.
“Irish Potato Famine”: increased typhus, dysentery rates
These kinds of diseases decreased as nutrition improved.
3. ADVANCES IN PUBLIC HEALTH
i) improved sanitation
-germ theory of disease
-hospitals (antiseptics resulted in increase of maternal/post-
operation survival and infant survival)
-government (water/sewers)
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