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UIC to serve as Chicago site for largest-ever US study of Hispanic/Latino health
Date:7/8/2013

The University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Minority Health Research will manage a National Institutes of Health project to follow up, over the next six years, all Chicago participants in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinosthe largest-ever prospective health study of this population.

The NIH contract to be managed by UIC is for up to $15.3 million.

"The Hispanic/Latino population is growing faster than any other minority group in the U.S., and to better serve their health needs, we need to know where they stand as a wholethis study lets us see that big picture," says Dr. Martha Daviglus, director of the UIC Institute for Minority Health Research and principal investigator of the Chicago field center.

The multi-center, prospective, population-based study includes more than 16,400 Hispanic/Latino adults between the ages of 18 and 74. Participants are of diverse backgroundsincluding Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central American, and South Americanand have been recruited from four U.S. communities.

The first phase of the study, from 2008 through 2012, collected baseline health data on participants.

In the second phase, researchers will reexamine the participants and collect data on chronic diseases that are prevalent in Hispanics/Latinos, including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and gestational diabetes.

The second examination will include assessment of cardiovascular risk factors, echocardiography, and blood and urine tests. Participants will complete a questionnaire on demographic, sociocultural, and lifestyle factors. Genetic information will be analyzed to determine if health and disease findings can be linked to specific gene variants.

The original study revealed a startling burden of risk among the Hispanic/Latino population.

"We found that 80 percent of men and 71 percent of women have at least one adverse risk
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Contact: Sharon Parmet
sparmet@uic.edu
312-413-2695
University of Illinois at Chicago
Source:Eurekalert

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