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By Binita Pandya

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 »

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 »