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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 »

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

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 »

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 »

비타민D가 인지 능력과 관계가 있다?

비타민D는 피부와 음식에서 얻을 수 있는 지용성 비타민입니다. 건강한 뼈를 위해 중요하다고 알려졌던 비타민D가 인지 능력에도 중요한 역할을 한다는 사실이 밝혀졌습니다. 최근 JAMA 신경학 연구팀(JAMA neurology study)에서 나이가 들수록 비타민D가 부족한 사람이 그렇지 않은 사람보다 사고 능력이 빨리 떨어진다는 연구 결과를 발표했습니다.  무려 10명중 3명의 아시아인이 비타민D결핍증을 가지고 있다는 결과는 백인의 100명중 2명만이 비타민D결핍증이라는 결과에 비하면 높은 수치입니다. 히스패닉과 흑인들 또한 비타민D결핍의 ... Read More »