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Study: Number of new cases of dementia decreasing for African-Americans but not Africans

An Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute study is the first to report significantly decreased incidence rates over two decades for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in African-Americans. The study is also the first to show that the incidence rate of these conditions in Africans was unchanged over the same period. In African-Americans in Indianapolis, dementia [...]

Novel algorithm identifies DNA copy-number landscapes in African American colon cancers

Case Western Reserve scientists develop algorithm to detect DNA copy-number alterations in tumors using deep sequencing data An algorithm dubbed ENVE could be the Google for genetic aberrations — and it comes from Case Western Reserve. Remember the World Wide Web before the famed search engine? The web offered extraordinary amounts of information, but no [...]

Low levels of hormone in African-Americans may increase hypertension

Although hypertension is more common in African-Americans, they have significantly lower levels of a hormone produced in response to cardiac stress than white and Hispanic individuals, a finding that may indicate a target for prevention or treatment of heart disease, according to a study published yesterday in JACC: Heart Failure. Using data from the Dallas [...]

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels have increased risk of heart disease

African Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but the burden is greater for African [...]

Study demonstrates no racial disparity in blood and marrow transplant referrals to Roswell Park

Research found no racial or ethnic disparities among patients who participate in the Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The results were published in a recent issue of the journal Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Theresa Hahn, PhD, Professor of Oncology in the Department of Medicine at RPCI [...]