Pica among Mexican-born women

IMG_4354Our formative study on pica practices and beliefs among Mexican women in the US and Mexico has just been published in Maternal and Child Nutrition. We found that more than 1/3 of women reported pica behavior during pregnancy, especially earth, adobe, bean stones and ice. This paper is the result of collaboration with scientists at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and the School of Public Health at University of California Berkeley. A special congratulations to Janice Lin (pictured here with Livia González and Cynthia Jeannette, the study translators) this is her first first-author paper!

Farewell AMMA!

The Amsterdam Master’s in Medical Anthropology closed its proverbial doors this year, and it will be greatly missed. To commemorate this wonderful program, a compilation of former students’ work has been published. It’s available here, and includes my first ever publication, an ethnography of maternal anemia in Pemba, Tanzania (Young Maternal Anemia Ethnography 2002).