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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 »

Optic-Nerve Stimulation For the Blind


A recent article published last month (August 19, 2019) in Nature1 reports a potential way to aid the blind by stimulating the optic nerve. The researchers placed an intraneural electrode array intraneurally to directly induce distinct electrical stimulation to the optic nerve, recording patterns via an electrocorticography (ECoG) array. Previous studies2 on stimulating the optic nerve did not yield conclusive ... Read More »

Culturally Adapted Diabetes Intervention in Sikh Indians in NYC


Researchers at NYU School of Medicine evaluated worsening diabetes trends in Sikh Indians, the largest South Asian Subgroup in NYC¹. The purpose of their study was to find a general diabetes prevention method that targeted specific Asian groups: weight, BMI, and blood pressure. The methods included using community health workers to lead six intervention classes with 10 follow-up phone calls ... 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: 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 »