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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 »

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 »