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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 »

Asian Americans are more likely to get gastric cancer

Gastric cancer has a low incidence in the United States, affecting 8.1 males and females of all races per 100,000 based on SEER data from 20001. However, many Asian American ethnic groups have elevated incidence of gastric cancer that are overlooked and should merit additional screening. For example, in one study conducted by Miller et al. in 2008 found that ... Read More »

Cytochrome P450 alleles, Asians, and Omeprazole

55% of Asian patients versus 30% Caucasian patients are missing the allele for the CYT450 system needed for omeprazole metabolism. Thus, Asian patients may experience more complications from omeprazole use after percutanous coronary intervention. “Dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) with Aspirin and a Thienopyridine-derivative P2Y12 Inhibitor (commonly Clopidogrel) is mandatory after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). H2 receptor antagonists (H2RA) or Proton ... Read More »

Increased Occult Atrial Fibrillation in Cryptogenic Stroke Asian Patients

71 patients with cryptogenic stroke had implantable loop monitor placement. Primary endpoint of atrial fibrillation detection was via implantable loop monitor: incidence at 6 months was 12.9%; at 12 months of 15.2%. The authors concluded that occult atrial fibrillation is high in Asian patients with cryptogenic stroke. http://doi/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2018.03.019.  accessed 18 September 2018. Contributors: Gloria Wu MD, Kevin Lu BS Read More »

New genes found to be associated with atrial fibrillation in Japanese population

In 2017, Japanese researchers discovered six new genes associated with atrial fibrillation in Japanese individuals: study involved 8180 patients with atrial fibrillation and 28612 control patients. The genetic loci identified include KCND3, HAND2, NEBL, PPFIA4, SLC1A4-CEP68, and SH3PXD2A for atrial fibrillation. Low S, Takahashi A, Ebana Y et al. Identification of six new genetic loci associated with atrial fibrillation in the Japanese population Nature Genetics 49, 953-958 ... Read More »

What to eat for diabetes

Diabetics need to limit carbohydrates to control their diabetes. For example, rice is a staple in many cultures. We suggest substitutes such as quinoa which has higher protein content than other carbohydrates. We suggest using raw lettuce as a “wrap” for sandwich meat or other sources of protein. We recommend using a smaller dinner plate or dessert plate so that food ... Read More »

Detecting the Health Status of Multiethnic Women in Taiwan

Asian women portrait in a modern restaurant.

Title: Detecting the Health Status of Multiethnic Women in Taiwan: A Bayesian Approach using the SF-36 Questionnaire Author: Meng-ta Chung Corresponding author: Meng-ta Chung Affiliation: Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taoyuan, Taiwan Email: bayesmojo@gmail.com   Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this study was to estimate a cutoff score using the 36-item Short Form Health Survey to predict the ... Read More »

Chinese – American Bone Mineral Density Norms

At the 2016 Endocrine Society Meeting in Boston, April 2016, there was a study, “Using Ethnic Specific Bone Mineral Density Norms in Chinese American Women,” performed in Oakland, California. The authors, Stephanie Kim, MD and senior author, Joan Chia-Mei Lo, MD, both of Department of Internal Medicineof Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, found that using ethnic specific norms for Bone ... Read More »