African-American, Latino citizens at increased risk of mental health issues

A new research study from University of California-Los Angeles Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities explored the extent of how minority citizens are affected by physical and mental chronic illnesses. The team invited 500 low income Latinos and African Americans to self-report experiences of abuse, neglect, and trauma. The researchers afterward assessed the likelihood that the men would develop mental issues. They found out that as people who experienced more traumatic events they were more likely to develop more severe symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But, low income minorities would not seek out treatment for their psychological disorders. The research team compiled a list of five factors that increase the risk of developing mental issues: Experiences of discrimination due to racial, ethnic, gender or sexual orientation, a history of sexual abuse, a history of violence in the family or from an intimate partner, a history of violence in an individuals’ community, a chronic fear of being killed or seriously injured. Researchers further emphasized that the medical community should take greater care of low income patients and prescribe effective treatments.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/296000.php

Contributing Author: Daria Soboleva

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STUDY: Risk of heart disease and diabetes linked to carbs, not fat

Contrary to what nutritionists and doctors have prescribed for decades, studies have suggested that a decrease in the consumption of saturated fats does not help dilute the concentration of saturated fat in the blood. In fact, from an experiment conducted on 16 middle-aged individuals, decreasing the amount of saturated fats in one’s diet had virtually no effect at all on that person’s level of saturated fat in the blood. The results of this study instead showed that “dietary refined carbohydrates — found in foods such as white breads, rice, cereals, potatoes, and sugars — are the primary driver of circulating saturated fatty acids in the bloodstream” (Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes Linked to Carbs, Not Fat). While these results are in need of further validation, and it is not wholly accurate to confidently apply the data to the general population, the evidence linking carbohydrates to be the cause of heart disease and diabetes cannot be ignored.

https://publichealthwatch.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/study-risk-of-heart-disease-and-diabetes-linked-to-carbs-not-fat/

Contributing Author: Ryan Flynn

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New research suggests that diabetes may start in the brain

After multiple experiments involving causes of diabetes and obesity, of which mammalian species were the primary test subject, results have indicated an association between elevated levels of BCAAs, or branched-chain amino acids, and the impairment of insulin signaling in the brain. These connections, stemming from the BCAAs, which are linked together to form proteins, suggest that the metabolic disease may stem from the brain. In a study conducted on rodents by Dr. Andrew C. Shin, results have shown that “rodents with impaired insulin signaling exclusively in the brain have elevated plasma BCAA levels and impaired BCAA breakdown in the liver” (New Research Suggests that Diabetes May Start in the Brain). This adds support to the conclusion that increases in BCAA levels may have a detrimental reflection on the brain’s ability to properly send insulin signals.

https://publichealthwatch.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/new-research-suggests-that-diabetes-start-in-the-brain/

Contributing Author: Ryan Flynn

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Artificial sweeteners could promote diabetes and obesity, new research shows

Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has recently revealed a common misconception regarding the effects of artificial sweeteners. While artificial sweeteners are often found in “diet” foods because they are a low-calorie, zero-carbohydrate substitute for sugar, they have proven to “actually increase weight gain and raise the risk of metabolic disorders” (Artificial Sweeteners Could Promote Diabetes and Obesity, New Research Shows). Experiments done by the research group showed consistent correlation between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and multiple factors that lead to obesity, a global issue that the sugar substitute is supposed to help reduce.

https://publichealthwatch.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/artificial-sweeteners-could-promote-diabetes-and-obesity-new-research-shows/

Contributing Author: Ryan Flynn

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Study discovers that breast cancer is not a single disease

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women today. According to a report from leading U.S. experts, breast cancer is not a single disease. It consists of four subtypes, which vary by age, race, and other factors. Each subtype responds differently to various treatments and has different survival rate. The study found that non-Hispanic white women were more likely to have the least aggressive form of breast cancer, while non-Hispanic black women were more likely to have the most aggressive form. The author of the report believes that the discovery of these four subtypes will improve breast cancer diagnosis and provide treatments that will have a better chance of treating and improving the mortality rate of breast cancer..

https://publichealthwatch.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/breast-cancer-is-not-a-single-disease/

Contributing Author: Lovette Azap

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2015 Northeast Ohio Kidney Walk – National Kidney Foundation

This year’s Northeast Ohio Kidney Walk will be on June 7, 2015 at the Great Lakes Science Center. The check-in will be held at 8:00 am and the start time for the walk is 9:00 am. In order to register for Dr. Charles Modlin’s walk team (The Minority Men’s Health Center), click the link and follow the simple directions:

https://secure2.convio.net/nkf/site/TRR/Walk/Ohio/303087386?pg=ptype&fr_id=7211

Please also consider donating towards the cause.

Contributing Author: Rosevine Azap

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Study shows that active surveillance in men with intermediate prostate cancer has a linkage with a decreased survival rate

A recent study shows that the probability of survival decreases when doctors choose to keep watchful surveillance on  patients with intermediate risk prostate cancer. The study showed that there is a three times greater risk of dying from the cancer when watchful surveillance is the treatment of intermediate prostate cancer as compared to men with low risk prostate cancer.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/MGUCS/50207

Contributing Author: Rosevine Azap

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