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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 »

Harvard in midst of creating COVID19 vaccine

Several labs are collaborating with Johnson and Johnson as well as Janssen Pharma to create vaccine. Clinical trials are under way. See the Harvard Gazette article. Read More »

COVID 19 update telemedicine and your eye

Apple store: free mobile App “Eyequix” go to test 5 and check your eyesight.  Cover one eye at time and then test. If you cannot go beyond the first step of step 5, then it is a problem and you should see an eye physician. If you can go to the end, you are fine.  From the makers of Eyequix ... Read More »

find your heart risk

joined_video_064846d9eeb249b9a442fef6711ad9b8 (1) cvrisk calculator: Jonathan Wong: use the cvrisk calculator on your mobile app: go to American Heart Association look for cvriskcalculator.  It is amazing! you can input your own weight, height and cholesterol etc and you find our your risk for stroke. Read More »

Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan China (Lancet)


Background Since December, 2019, Wuhan, China, has experienced an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of patients with COVID-19 have been reported but risk factors for mortality and a detailed clinical course of illness, including viral shedding, have not been well described. Methods In this retrospective, ... Read More »

COVID-19 Update from China

The 2/19/2020  Chinese Health and Public Health Ministry Guideline on Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Diagnosis and Treatment (Revision #6) (Anlin Xu MD, translation for the  US Healthcare System/Hospitals/Clinics)   Characteristics of Pathogen   The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) belongs to the family of beta Coronavirus family.  It has significant genetic differences from SARSr-CoV, and MERSr-CoV.  Current research indicates that it has 85% ... Read More »

Health Research Disparities For Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, & Native Hawaiians


In a cross-sectional study1 published on July 24th, 2019, researchers found that clinical research projects that are focused on Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) between 1992 and 2018 comprised just 0.17% of the NIH’s total budget. Of 5460 records in their search criteria, 529 clinical research projects were focused on ... Read More »