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Filipino Americans have a high death rate from COVID-19

Filipino-Americans have a high death rate from Covid-19 compared to other ethnic groups in the United States. Filipinos make up ⅓ of all Covid-19 deaths in California’s Asian population.  In Los Angeles county, 48 Filipinos have had Covid-19 and 19 have died, which is a 40% mortality rate, higher than the 3.7% overall United States mortality rate. Many Filipino Americans ... Read More »

Asian Americans and COVID19

According to researchers at University of California at San Francisco, School of Medicine1, Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying of COVID19 at a higher rate than Blacks or Latinos. As of May 4, 2020, in the city and county of San Francisco, there have been 1754 total cases of COVID19 and 31 deaths2.  Asian Americans comprised of 13.7% of ... Read More »

Terminal Cancer Patients Live Longer at Home (Japanese Study)

A new study published in the journal Cancer highlights data showing cancer patients who are terminally ill live longer at home than in than a hospital palliative care setting. The study included 2,069 patients: 1,582 hospitalized patients vs 487 home bound patients.  Those patients with home palliative care had a median survival time of 67 days, twice as long as those with ... Read More »

Lung Cancer in East Asians

Lung cancer is another leading cause of death in East Asia, especially in China. According to a study released by the National Institute of Health (NIH), in 2015 there were 610,000 deaths.  However, 25% of the individuals affected were non-smokers. Non-smokers are often diagnosed with adenocarcinomas which originate from oncogenic drivers. Oncogenic drivers are mutations that are responsible for the ... Read More »

The Likelihood of Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer is a leading cause of death for Asian Americans. The Office of Minority Health released data that shows, despite being less likely to develop prostate or breast cancer, Asian Americans are twice as likely to suffer from stomach cancer. This is commonly seen in immigrants from developing countries as they frequently come face-to-face with chronic infections and certain ... Read More »

Diabetes in Asians

64% of the 366 million affected by diabetes originate from East Asia. In Asian countries, diabetes is found in younger adults due to the economic burden and the increase in cases of obesity and nutritional lifestyles. Besides environmental and lifestyle factors, health studies have also shown evidence of dysfunctional pancreatic insulin secretory function due to insufficient β-cell mass. These studies ... Read More »

World Hepatitis Day, July 28th

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Hepatitis B, despite a vaccine existing for the last 39 years, is one of the deadliest diseases of our time. In 2015, the World Health Organization approximated 887,000 deaths annually, with hepatitis B deaths alone set to overtake other pandemics like HIV and others, shown below. Hepatitis B is most notable, however, in the severity that it disproportionately affects Asian ... Read More »

Asian Americans Likely to Have More Severe Strokes

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There are about 3.4 million people who identify as South Asians in the United States including immigrants from India and surrounding countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Through a study done at Rush University Medical Center, it is reported that these individuals are increasingly prone to die of heart conditions such as heart attacks and strokes ... Read More »

Asians and Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B is a common vaccine-preventable liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus that can spread through contact with blood, semen, and other bodily fluids from someone who is infected. For many it is a short-term illness, however, it can also become a long-term illness which can lead to more serious and harmful health issues such as cancer. According ... Read More »

Asians are the Most Likely to Die From COVID-19

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Across the globe, there have been studies calculating the mortality rate of COVID-19. Research published by the Asian American Research Center on Health reveals that 52% of COVID-19 deaths in San Francisco were Asian Americans. This data was a preliminary study and has continued to access data as the virus continues to spread. Dr. Tung Nguyen, a professor at UCSF ... Read More »