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Breast Cancer in Asian Women in Asia vs Asian American Women in US

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2019  highlights the difference in breast cancer among Asian versus Asian American women. The paper explains that Asian women in Asia experience a peak in breast cancer between the ages of 45 to 49, whereas non-Hispanic white women have the highest incidences between the age group 75 to ... Read More »

South Asians and Covid-19

27 institutions and 260 hospitals across the United Kingdom analyzed 35,000 Covid-19 patients to examine what would happen to patients once admitted to the hospital. The study found that South Asians were 20% more likely to die than Caucasians once admitted to the hospital. On average, South Asians admitted to the hospital for Covid-19 were 12 years younger than Caucasian ... Read More »

Novel Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Genetic Variants

113 international investigators conducted the largest non-European diabetes genetic study with 433,540 individuals from China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and USA. The research team identified 61 novel genetic variants linked with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, including genes associated with higher belly fat levels in East Asians. Some of these genes are thought to possibly explain ... Read More »

Racial Underrepresentation in Phase 1 COVID Vaccine Trials

Racial minorities currently face underrepresentation in phase 1 clinical trials for major COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Novavax). Despite data suggesting higher infection rates in Blacks and Latinos, and higher death rates among Asians, participation rates of various minority groups in clinical trials are sometimes even lower than 1%. It is currently unknown whether future phase 2 or phase ... Read More »

COVID’s Impact on Hepatitis B Vaccinations

New research by the World Health Organization and Imperial College London raises concerns about the effects of COVID-19 on hepatitis B vaccination rates. Specifically, the study estimates that a worst-case scenario could potentially decrease the 2020 birth and childhood immunization rates of hepatitis B by 60% and 20% respectively. This decrease in vaccination rates would lead to a projected 5.3 ... Read More »

Vitamin D Deficiency in South Asians

Researchers from the University of Surrey analyzed the vitamin D status of 6,433 middle-aged South Asian individuals from the United Kingdom and found that 20% of South Asians had a severe Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is often associated with other health conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory infections, and osteomalacia. The research team found that geography ... Read More »

Harvard in midst of creating COVID19 vaccine

Several labs are collaborating with Johnson and Johnson as well as Janssen Pharma to create vaccine. Clinical trials are under way. See the Harvard Gazette article. Read More »

COVID 19 update telemedicine and your eye

Apple store: free mobile App “Eyequix” go to test 5 and check your eyesight.  Cover one eye at time and then test. If you cannot go beyond the first step of step 5, then it is a problem and you should see an eye physician. If you can go to the end, you are fine.  From the makers of Eyequix ... Read More »

find your heart risk

joined_video_064846d9eeb249b9a442fef6711ad9b8 (1) cvrisk calculator: Jonathan Wong: use the cvrisk calculator on your mobile app: go to American Heart Association look for cvriskcalculator.  It is amazing! you can input your own weight, height and cholesterol etc and you find our your risk for stroke. Read More »