January 29, 2021 – Biomedical research may miss important key information by ignoring genetic ancestry.  A recent study of residents of African-American descent of four distinct U.S. cities revealed variations in genetic ancestry and social status that underscore the inadequacy …

We knew it all along: African descent comes in variations Read more »

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August 01, 2019 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life. Symptoms may include disturbing …

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May 10, 2018 – A seemingly higher incidence of prostate cancer and resulting fatalities in African-American men than in European-Amcerican men has been noted for quite some time. New research published in Molecular Oncology may help explain why African American …

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December 05, 2017 – We are entering the age of precision medicine, in which diagnosis and therapy decisions for each patient will be based on detailed genetic and molecular fingerprints. Unfortunately, much of the revolutionary work that underpins precision medicine has …

Gene expression and ethnicity: Does it matter? Read more »

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November 24, 2017 – New research indicates that one-size treatment for one form of blood cancer likely does not fit all, particularly when it comes to ethnic differences of patients.  Thus, African-American men are three times more likely to be …

Cancer is not like cancer: Ethnic background matters Read more »

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July 04, 2017 – Asthma Gene Unique To African Americans. This has been the headline of an article in the Resppiratory/Asthma section of Medical News Today. According to an earlier study, researchers  have identified a new gene uniquely linked to …

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March 26, 2017 – There is ample evidence that the burden of obesity is not the same across ethnic groups. While diet and lifestyle play a large role in determining body weight, there is also a heritable component. Unfortunately,  most prior studies …

SEMA4D gene variant quadruples obesity risk in individuals of African descent Read more »

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September 04, 2016 – Case Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers, a research collaboration which includes University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University, who last year identified new gene mutations unique to colon cancers in African Americans, have found that …

Adverse clinical outcome associated with mutations in colorectal cancers of African Americans Read more »

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