Navigation Links
New research will shed light on racial gap in dementia
Date:3/7/2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. In a new study, one Michigan State University professor will explore why in old age, blacks are much more likely to have dementia than whites.

Prior research also shows of those 71 years and older, blacks had four times greater risk of having mild cognitive impairment, or various types of mental processing problems, than whites.

Sociologist Zhenmei Zhang's study will be the first to produce statistics about life expectancy with and without cognitive impairment by race and gender in the United States.

"Previous studies have shown that older blacks are more likely to suffer from cognitive impairment than older whites, but it is not clear why older blacks are at a higher risk," Zhang said.

Zhang is using a $74,542 National Institute on Aging grant to look into the magnitude of the gap and locate the windows of opportunity to intervene and reduce the disparity.

The study will use data from the 1998-2010 waves of the Health and Retirement Study and the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study, which focuses on those older than 70 who were clinically assessed for cognitive impairment.

Using these data sets, Zhang will evaluate the HRS test used to measure mental deficits of elderly blacks and whites, estimate the life expectancy of blacks and whites who have cognitive impairment and those who don't, and assess the relationship between early life conditions and late-life cognitive impairment.

"Childhood socioeconomic differences may account for a substantial part of the racial gap in cognitive impairment in later life," Zhang said.

The epidemic of cognitive impairment and dementia is expected to worsen in future years as the number of blacks aged 65 and over will more than double by 2030. Zhang said the results of the study can help families and policymakers make plans for the associated health care and long-term care needs of those suffering from cognitive impairment.

"Understanding the origins, mechanisms, and consequences of racial gaps in cognitive impairment can potentially lead to effective interventions to reduce this kind of racial disparity in the U.S.," Zhang said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Zhenmei Zhang
zhangz12@msu.edu
517-355-7545
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. New research characterizes glaucoma as neurologic disorder rather than eye disease
2. Research finds little benefit of breast imaging tests for women with breast pain
3. Researchers find possible genetic keys to surviving epithelial ovarian cancer
4. Researchers discover possible approach to the treatment of aggressive breast cancer
5. Industry leaders join together for historic Accelerating Cancer Cures Research Symposium
6. Sanford-Burnham research advances to patient studies at TRI
7. Chinese Minister of Health to hold US meeting to improve cancer research collaboration
8. Researchers ID gene behind primary cervical dystonia, a neck-twisting disorder
9. Notre Dames Bengal Bouts participants aid in concussion research
10. NIH asthma outcome measures aim to maximize research investments, reduce disparities
11. Standardized outcome measures proposed for asthma clinical research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New research will shed light on racial gap in dementia
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... The book, “Computers Should Just Work!”, provides a ... ask your IT consultant before signing a contract and how to spot an incompetent ... companies relying heavily on e-mail and technology, it’s more important than ever to make ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... ... As part of their 2015 end of year funding strategy, Colleen’s ... gifted $10,000 to University of Chicago to support ovarian cancer research being conducted by ... honored to support a promising young investigator from Dr. Lengyel’s lab at the University ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... The 9th annual ... Imaging Congress (WMIC), will be held in New York City, NY on September ... Therapy.” The congress will highlight and emphasize how imaging reveals a greater understanding ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... a campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of Nestlé KITKAT as the first global ... improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their product, through activities ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medical media, ... practitioners and specialists working in infectious diseases. , As the all-inclusive resource ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)...   Genomic Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GHDX ) today ... ended December 31, 2015. --> --> ... compared with $69.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, an ... 9 percent compared with the same period in the prior year. ... $63.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced its financial ... --> --> Financial ... $9.45 billion, up 28% on a constant currency basis ... billion. Excluding the impact of the acquisition of Abbott ... (the "EPD Business"), full year adjusted total revenues increased ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , Feb. 10, 2016 CSI Specialty ... with the launch of the Specialty Pharmacy Podcast. A ... industry-first, aimed at providing real-world education, discussion and context ... --> --> The Specialty ... CEO of CSI Specialty Group Suzette DiMascio, CHE, CMCE, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: