Navigation Links
NIH celebrates 10 years of research into health disparities
Date:9/21/2010

The tenth anniversary of the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) will be observed on Sept. 23-24 in Jackson, Mississippi. The JHS is the largest study in history to investigate genetic factors that affect high blood pressure, heart and lung disease, stroke, diabetes, and other important diseases in African-Americans.

"Cardiovascular disease is more prevalent among African-Americans than among whites in the United States. The Jackson Heart Study is exploring the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to this disparity," said NHLBI Acting Director Susan B. Shurin, M.D. "The study is looking at ways to diagnose and image heart abnormalities before they become clinically evident, and may help researchers to develop approaches to prevent and treat heart disease in African-Americans."

The JHS originally recruited 5,300 African-Americans living in Jackson. Approximately 4,900 study participants are currently being followed. This is an observational study in which participants undergo examination and testing, but it does not involve treatment. Research is conducted at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson State University, and Tougaloo College. The JHS is funded by the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

The JHS has observed study participants' lives and how their heart health is related to their environment. Important findings have included:

In African-Americans, family history and obesity are the main factors that predict high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a protein in the blood associated with inflammation and linked to heart disease. Nearly a quarter of the risk for high CRP levels can be traced to preventable cardiovascular risk factors, especially obesity.

  • The difference in obesity prevalence between African-Americans and white Americans may be explained by genetic variations.

  • Asthma is drastically underdiagnosed in African-American adults.

  • Asthma can be linked to the use of high blood pressure medication.

The Jackson Heart Study Scientific Conference, to be held at the Jackson Convention Complex, will feature prominent researchers, clinicians, and other experts from institutions across the country. The conference will focus on JHS findings and future research directions that may help eliminate health disparities. Dr. Shurin will give a presentation at noon on Sept. 24 highlighting the NHLBI's commitment to population-based studies such as the JHS as well as the importance of resolving cardiovascular health disparities.

"We need to determine the most fruitful research areas to pursue," said Herman Taylor, M.D., the director and principal investigator of the Jackson Heart Study. "Are we using the best methods we can to address health disparities? Answering questions like this will help us do what's best for people."


'/>"/>

Contact: NHLBI Office of Communications
nhlbi_news@nhlbi.nih.gov
301-496-4236
NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Health Podcast by World-Renowned Health Educator Celebrates 100th Episode and Continues to Offer Life-Changing Advice
2. Signature Forum Celebrates 10th Anniversary
3. Atlanta School of Massage Celebrates 30th Anniversary with a New Green Design and New Name for its Teaching Clinic: SensAbility
4. Launching Five Clinics on Wheels This Year, Ronald McDonald House Charities Celebrates Ten Years of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program
5. "Revised Yoga for Dummies" Author and Co-Founder of International Association for Yoga Therapists Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Los Angeles
6. Ross & Yerger Celebrates 150 Years As A Risk-Management Company, And A Proud Part Of The Community
7. Scripps Blood & Marrow Transplant Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Providing Life-Saving Care
8. International Fitness Celebrity Jennifer Nicole Lee Celebrates Her One Year Anniversary at HSN
9. New Transatlantic Dating Site Celebrates Three Marriages This Year as Singles Look for Love Across the Pond
10. National Allergy Supply Celebrates Asthma Awareness Month
11. Care2Learn Celebrates National Nurses Week with iPad Giveaway, Unprecedented Continuing Education Offer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... and ranked among the top US security companies for consecutive years, today announced ... announcement brings a year-long independent board nomination process to a close and positions ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Today, FloSports , a global leader in live ... as part of a long-term extension of their media partnership. The partnership, which began ... of the sport’s premier events exclusively on FloWrestling.com as well as usage of the ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... To provide comfort ... leader in the fast-casual category, announces a hearty and wholesome Winter Menu. Starting ... Sandwich, Turkey Mash-Up Sandwich, Cranberry Crunch & Honey Parfait, Slow Cooked Smoky Chicken ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... , ... California Southern University has named Dr. Steven Beazley University President. ... as a core faculty member, teaching master’s and doctoral courses in the university’s School ... University, where he earned his Doctor of Psychology degree in 1998. Dr. Beazley also ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... Elk Grove Village, IL (PRWEB) , ... January ... ... protection and personal audio products, will demonstrate their groundbreaking GunSport•PRO® and EB15•LE® electronic ... Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Booth #2809. The SHOT Show is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... , January 17, 2017 ... 2016;11(Suppl. 1):2-4 ; http://www.touchneurology.com/articles/tailored-temperature-management-neurocritical-care ... ... Published recently in European Neurological ... touchNEUROLOGY, Catherine Amey reports that despite ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan. 17, 2017  Tetra Discovery ... M. Erwin as Vice President, Clinical Operations. ... he was Executive Director, Clinical Project Management. ... years of experience in global clinical research planning ... successful growth-stage clinical operation build-outs and development partnerships," ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... WHIPPANY, N.J. , Jan. 17, 2017  Bayer today ... President of its Pharmaceuticals business in the Americas, comprising ... , Central and Latin America . In ... , member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG ... a strategic and highly respected leader in the pharmaceutical industry ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: