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Santa Clara University, BS in Biology

Asians and Chronic Kidney Disease (2019)

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Asian patients with chronic kidney disease have an increased risk for hip fracture surgery complications.  In a study performed on 44,065 diabetic Asian patients, 11,954 had chronic kidney disease while 30,449 patients did not have chronic kidney disease.  Both groups had comparable risks of infection. The group of patients with chronic kidney disease had a much higher risk of hospital ... Read More »

New-onset atrial fibrillation risk factors: Asian vs Western populations

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Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia, is linked to increased risk of stroke, emboli, heart failure, and heart attack¹.  Incidence of new onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) are increasing in both Asian and Western countries; however, some NOAF risk factors affect Asian and Western countries differently.  Rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, hyperthyroidism, and excess alcohol consumption are ... Read More »

Philippines Department of Health Confirms Measles Outbreak

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On February 6, 2019, the Philippines Department of Health declared a measles outbreak in Manila, Philippines with over 400 cases and five confirmed deaths from January 1, 2019.  One day later, health officials declared that the outbreak spread to other surrounding regions. As of February 11, 2019, the number of measles cases in the Philippines has risen to 4,300 people ... Read More »

Han Chinese: Gene polymorphisms associated with risk of age-related macular degeneration

Medical Fundus photo of retinal pathology, hemmorhages, vein occlusion, macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in patients greater than 55 years of age in the US. Age-related macular degeneration  affects 2.44% of Chinese people aged 45-49 years; 18.98% of Chinese people aged 85-89 years³.  Researchers from the Department of Ophthalmology of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China concluded that four gene polymorphisms, CX3CR1 839C/T ... Read More »

East Asians and the ALDH2*2 gene

The gene ALDH2, encodes the aldehyde dehydrogenase enzymes which serve to break down  aldehydes after alcohol consumption. However, 540 million people globally of the East Asian descent carry the ALDH2*2 gene variant which is the inactive form of the ALDH2 gene¹. This leads to the accumulation of aldehydes which can result in an increased risk of several types of cancer ... Read More »

The Ministerial Conference on Diabetes 2018

The diabetes epidemic is a serious global health issue. In 2016, there were 422 million people worldwide with diabetes (8.5% of the world population), and 1.2 million reported deaths directly caused by diabetes1. As part of a global effort to combat this epidemic, Singapore is hosting the 2018 Ministerial Conference on Diabetes from November 26-27, where over 300 international and ... Read More »

Zika Virus Outbreak in India 2018

India is facing its largest Zika virus outbreak with over 100 cases in Rajasthan, India, including several pregnant women with its first confirmed case in September 20181.  Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease primarily prevalent in tropical areas around the world such as Brazil, Mexico, and India.  People infected with this virus experience mild or no symptoms at all. Symptoms ... Read More »