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New-onset atrial fibrillation risk factors: Asian vs Western populations

Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia, is linked to increased risk of stroke, emboli, heart failure, and heart attack¹.  Incidence of new onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) are increasing in both Asian and Western countries; however, some NOAF risk factors affect Asian and Western countries differently.  Rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, hyperthyroidism, and excess alcohol consumption are ... Read More »

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 »

Major differences in cardiovascular risk profiles in Chinese Australians as compared to non-Chinese

Chinese Australians have lower cardiovascular disease and stroke incidence as compared with non-Chinese Australians. However, they have worse cardiovascular risk profiles, including a higher prevalence of diabetes, smoking, and a lower exercise level. Furthermore, mixed-Chinese populations have even worse cardiovascular risk profiles. 1. Marked differences in cardiovascular risk profiles in middle-aged and older Chinese residents: Evidence from a large Australian ... Read More »

Zika Virus Outbreak in India 2018

India is facing its largest Zika virus outbreak with over 100 cases in Rajasthan, India, including several pregnant women with its first confirmed case in September 20181.  Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease primarily prevalent in tropical areas around the world such as Brazil, Mexico, and India.  People infected with this virus experience mild or no symptoms at all. Symptoms ... Read More »

New California law AB 1726 will disaggregate data for Asian Americans

New Calif law AB 1726 will disaggregate data for Asian Americans.  The new categories include Bangladeshi, Hmong, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, Fijian, and Tongan Americans. Roughly 15 percent of California’s population is Asian and 0.5 percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.  This was signed into law in September 2016. Advancing Justice’s analysis of Census data found that ... Read More »

Aspartame can lead to blindness

1987 Aspartame contains methanol and excessive consumption can lead to retrobulbar neuritis. See article: http://www.janethull.com/healthynews/blog/2014/06/in-the-blink-of-an-eye-how-aspartame-can-harm-your-vision/ Read More »

long flights to Asia and UV exposure to pilots

Exposure to uv radiation increases approximately 5% for every 1000 feet of altitude. Both infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (uv) radiation are present in our environment, depending on the time of day, year, latitude, altitude and weather conditions and reflectivity of the surrounding surfaces, the pilot will receive more or less radiation. uv-a (400 – 315 nm), uv-B (315 – 280 ... Read More »

photoreceptor ganglion cells and vision

New research shows that in our retina, we have “photoreceptor ganglion cell” which responds to light at 480 nanometer wavelength. This wavelength causes abnormal sleep cycle. But this same cell allows previous blind people to SEE!   In the latest research, they took people born with abnormal eyes and thought to be blind and found they could see when exposed ... Read More »

sunlight and myopia in children

Dr Seang -Mei Saw of the Singapore Eye Research Institute has been quoted that myopia in children may be influenced by sunlight.   Myopia affects almost 50% of third graders in Singapore, prevalence of 28% in 7 year olds in Singapore.  Thus Professor Saw and colleagues looked at several epidemiologic studies and found that:1) possible link between outdoor activities and ... Read More »

Dr Masayo Takahashi and retinal cell transplant into 70 year old patient

In September 2014, Dr. Masayo Takahashi and her colleagues at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology used iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) to treat age related macular degeneration. They used skin cells from the patient and “reprogrammed” that cell line into becoming adult retinal cells. These were transplanted into the patient’s eye in a two hour procedure. Her vision ... Read More »