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Philippines Department of Health Confirms Measles Outbreak

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 »

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 »

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 »

European Society of Cardiologists Meeting NEWS

Fewer carbohydrates and more fat reduce mortality: Data from 135,000 patients across 5 continents suggest that fewer carbs may reduce death non-Cardiovascular mortality. It was found that total fat intake in the highest vs lowest quartile was associated with a significant 23% reduction of total mortality risk, and 18% reduced risk of stroke and a 30% reduced risk of non-cardiovascular ... Read More »

New drug for heart failure: Entresto by Novartis

“Patients with heart failure stand to benefit from a new drug that can halt the progression of their disease and reduce their risk of cardiovascular–related death. But the drug — a tablet that combines the agents valsartan and sacubitril, sold under the trade name Entresto by drugmaker Novartis — may be too good to be true, according to Arthur M. ... Read More »

Exercise and Skin Health

According to a study by McMaster University in Canada, women over age 65 who worked out at least two hours a week for three months had the skin composition of someone 20-30 years younger.  Researcher credit myokines, which are growth factors that hard working muscles pump into the bloodstream, where they help benefit skin all over. Read More »

노인성 황반 변증 (AMD)

이 사진은, 노인성 황반 변증 임니다.   55세가 넘으면, 노인성 황반 변증이 전 미국에서 가장 큰 실명의 원인이 됩니다. 하지만 이걸 치료할수있는 방법이 몇가지 있습니다. 그 중 제일 효과가 좋은 치료방법은 중국의 Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical Group (쳉도 강홍 제약 회사)이 만든 주사입니다. 이 치료는 3달에 한번만 받으면 되고, 다른 약들보다 효과가 더 뛰어나고 눈이 더 밝아질수 있습니다.   코레스테롤이 높을경우, 이런증상이 ... Read More »