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Surprising findings reported about iron overload

...l of screening 10,000 African-Americans and 10,000 whites for blood iron levels or the presence of mutations in a gene, called the HFE gene, which evidence suggests regulates iron absorption. "Hemochromatosis and iron overload are easily treatable if diagnosed early, but the simple blood test that could de...

Use of high hydrostatic pressure to inactivate Hepatitis A virus in oysters studied

...led with the onset of jaundice, a yellowing of the whites of the eyes, and dark urine. The disease generally runs its course in two months, but can linger as long as six. While survival rates for Hepatitis A are above 99 percent, the disease can be very dangerous for infants, the elderly, immunosuppressed p...

Newly identified mechanism helps explain why people of African descent are more vulnerable to TB

...ower levels of vitamin D in their blood serum than whites because higher levels of melanin -- the pigment th...D precursor to a range found in serum samples from whites boosted the induction of cathelicidin. Scientists have long known that African Americans have less ...

Nearly half of people who need cholesterol treatment don't get it

...ely (15 percent and 20 percent, respectively) than whites to be treated. The researchers believe that the gender and ethnic disparities may be related both to access to care and the tendency to seek health care. Women are more likely than men to have health insurance and are reported to seek health care s...

One-third of adults with diabetes still don't know they have it

...in Mexican Americans is twice that of non-Hispanic whites and about equal to that of non-Hispanic blacks. IFG and undiagnosed diabetes were about 70 percent more common in men than in women, especially in non-Hispanic white men. nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had IFG, which becomes more com...

Chemical in many air fresheners may reduce lung function

...s had the highest exposure levels and non-Hispanic whites the lowest. This particular VOC, 1,4 DCB, is a white solid compound with a distinctive aroma, similar to mothballs. It is typically used primarily as a space deodorant in products such as room deodorizers, urinal and toilet bowl blocks, and as an ...

Minorities, uninsured less likely to receive care at high-volume hospitals

... to go to low-volume hospitals, when compared with whites and patients with Medicare. Furthermore, patients with private insurance were significantly more likely to go to high-volume hospitals for 3 of the surgical procedures." For all 10 operations, black patients were significantly less likely to receiv...

New HIV statistics indicate increasing toll of AIDS on African American community

... with HIV and blacks are 10 times more likely than whites to have AIDS. Confronting this national health disparity is a paramount concern. NMAC's report, written by Dr. Fullilove, is a comprehensive analysis of the complex social, economic and personal factors that underpin the black AIDS epidemic. Its...

Pitt study notes decline in male births in the US and Japan

... African-American male to female births to that of whites in the U.S. The researchers found that while the number of African-American male births has increased modestly over time, the ratio of male to female births for African-Americans remains lower than that of whites. In addition, they noted that African...

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