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Deaths and major morbidity from asbestos-related diseases in Asia likely to surge in next 20 years
An alarming new article in Respirology issues a serious warning of massive rises in deaths from asbestos-related lung diseases in Asia. (2011-06-09)

Study: Stark differences in media use between minority and white youth
Minority youth aged 8 to 18 consume an average of 13 hours of media content a day -- about 4.5 hours more than their white counterparts, according to a Northwestern University report, the first national study to focus exclusively on children's media use by race and ethnicity. The gap between minority and white youth's daily media use has doubled for blacks and quadrupled for Hispanics in the past decade. (2011-06-08)

A drug combination extends survival in refractory lung cancer patients
A combination of two FDA-approved drugs extend survival in advanced-stage lung cancer patients who have run out of treatment options. (2011-06-02)

Asian lung cancer patient survival exceeds Caucasians' on multiple regimens
Asian non-small cell lung cancer patients survive longer than Caucasians no matter how many drugs are given in a first-line setting, and the effect was apparent both before and after the introduction of targeted therapies in the early 2000s, according to research published in the June issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. (2011-06-01)

Disparities in stroke care prevail among US racial/ethnic groups
Disparities based on race and ethnic origin exist in every aspect of stroke care. Minority groups represent at least 28 percent of the US population, and the percent is expected to nearly double by the year 2050 -- increasing the need to close health care gaps. Education can significantly improve stroke care for minority groups. Programs to reach young minorities can help raise awareness that stroke is preventable and treatable. (2011-05-26)

Your culture may influence your perception of death
Contemplating mortality can be terrifying. But not everyone responds to that terror in the same way. Now, a new study which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds cultural differences in how people respond to mortality. European-Americans get worried and try to protect their sense of self, while Asian-Americans are more likely to reach out to others. (2011-05-24)

CAS REGISTRYSM keeps pace with rapid growth of chemical research, registers 60 millionth substance
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's leader in chemical information and a division of the American Chemical Society, announced today that a patent application claiming compounds with potential therapeutic activity, submitted to the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China, included the 60 millionth substance recorded in the CAS REGISTRY. (2011-05-23)

Study finds Filipino children in San Diego County at higher risk for Kawasaki disease
While children of all ethnicities can contract Kawasaki disease (KD), a study led by researchers at the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego finds that Filipino children with KD are at a higher risk for inflammation of the blood vessels of the heart than those of other Asian and non-Asian backgrounds. (2011-05-06)

Anatomy of an outbreak
Researchers have found a genetic solution to the puzzle of why the chikungunya virus infected millions of people after it was introduced to Asia in 2005 but infected almost no one after an earlier Asian introduction. (2011-05-05)

Is there a 'tiger mother' effect?
Valerie Ramey analyzed data in the American Time Use Survey and discovered that Asian high school and college students out-study all other groups. But their mothers spend only about a half hour a week more in educational activities with their children. (2011-05-04)

'Fatting in': Immigrant groups eat high-calorie American meals to fit in
Immigrants to the United States and their US-born children gain more than a new life and new citizenship. They gain weight. Now psychologists show that it's not simply the abundance of high-calorie American junk food that causes weight gain. Instead, members of U.S. immigrant groups choose typical American dishes as a way to show that they belong and to prove their (2011-05-03)

News tips from the May/June issue of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
The May/June issue of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology contains the following articles: (2011-05-02)

Racial differences in willingness to exhaust personal finances for life-sustaining care
Minority races -- especially blacks -- are more willing than whites to expend personal financial resources to prolong life after being diagnosed with lung or colorectal cancer, even if it means using up all of their personal financial resources. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Delivering quality cancer care that is in accordance with patients' wishes requires a better understanding of the reasons for these differences in preference. (2011-04-26)

Psychologists warn that therapies based on positive emotions may not work for Asians
Thinking happy thoughts, focusing on the good and downplaying the bad is believed to accelerate recovery from depression, bolster resilience during a crisis and improve overall mental health. But pursuing happiness may not be beneficial across all cultures. (2011-04-25)

Actions and personality, east and west
People in different cultures make different assumptions about the people around them, according to an upcoming study published in Psychological Science. The researchers studied the brain waves of people with Caucasian and Asian backgrounds and found that cultural differences in how we think about other people are embedded deep in our minds. Cultural differences are evident very deep in the brain, challenging a commonsense notion that culture is skin deep. (2011-04-11)

Study offers first look at Asian Americans' glaucoma risk
Little was known about glaucoma risks for Asian Americans until a National Eye Institute funded study published recently in Ophthalmology journal (online). By reviewing insurance records of more than 44,000 Asian Americans older than 40, the researchers found their glaucoma risk to be 6.5 percent, which is about the same as US Latinos. (2011-04-04)

UGA studies explain spread of invasive ladybugs
A University of Georgia researcher studying invasive ladybugs has developed new models that help explain how these insects have spread so quickly and their potential impacts on native species. (2011-04-01)

New research suggests wild birds may play a role in the spread of bird flu
Wild migratory birds may indeed play a role in the spread of bird flu, also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1. (2011-03-24)

Scientists identify gene responsible for severe skin condition
Scientists at the University of Liverpool and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have identified a gene that could indicate if epilepsy patients starting drug treatment are likely to experience side-effects resulting in blistering of the skin. (2011-03-23)

Children of immigrants more apt than natives to live with both parents
Children of immigrants are more likely to live in households headed by two married parents than children of natives in their respective ethnic groups, according to Penn State sociologists. (2011-03-15)

March 14-15 Conference on Aging in Asia to be held in New Delhi
The portion of India's population age 65 or older will more than triple between 2000 and 2050. (2011-03-09)

Soot packs a punch on Tibetan Plateau's climate
New research shows that soot from industrial and agricultural pollution is landing on the Tibetan Plateau is causing snow to melt earlier on the plateau. As a result, India and China are experiencing wetter winters, drier summers and stronger monsoons. (2011-03-03)

Scientists study control of invasive tree in western US
Simply by eating the leaves of an invasive tree that soaks up river water, an Asian beetle may help to slow down water loss in the Southwestern United States. (2011-03-02)

IOF calls for action following release of Eastern European & Central Asian Regional Audit
An audit report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation consolidates information on the status and burden of osteoporosis in 21 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including the Russian Federation. The publication includes projections and data for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Tajikstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. (2011-02-24)

Ancient catastrophic drought leads to question: How severe can climate change become?
How severe can climate change become in a warming world? Worse than anything we've seen in written history, according to results of a study appearing this week in the journal Science. (2011-02-24)

New study confirms body weight influences risk of death among Asians
A study of more than 1 million Asians found that those who were a normal weight were far less likely to die from any cause than individuals whose body-mass index (BMI) was too high or low. A similar association was seen between BMI and the risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease or other causes. (2011-02-23)

Australia to host IOF Regionals -- 2nd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis and Bone Meeting
IOF announces the 2nd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis and Bone Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Australian & New Zealand Bone & Mineral Society Annual Scientific Meeting and with the Japanese Bone and Mineral Research Society, from Sept. 4-8, 2011, in Queensland. The meeting will provide current information about the clinical management of osteoporosis, bone metabolism and basic bone science, as well as provide an opportunity to showcase regional research in an international context. (2011-02-17)

'Model minority' not perceived as model leader
Asian-Americans are widely viewed as (2011-02-16)

Experts call for greater awareness of the links between diabetes and kidney disease
Experts are calling for greater awareness of the kidney problems that diabetics can face, after research found that awareness was low among white and South Asian patients. The first time that many patients realized that diabetes could affect their kidneys was when they were referred to renal services. (2011-02-09)

Genetic study uncovers new path to Polynesia
Surprising new evidence which overturns current theories of how humans colonized the Pacific has been discovered by scientists at the University of Leeds, UK. (2011-02-03)

Screening for cervical cancer low for immigrant women
Immigrant women in Ontario are not screened for cervical cancer as often as native-born Canadians, with the lowest rates being among older, poorer South Asians, new research shows. (2011-02-02)

Scientists find industrial pollutants in Eastern Lake Erie carp
Researchers from Upstate New York institutions, including the University at Buffalo, have documented elevated levels of two industrial pollutants in carp in eastern Lake Erie, adding to the body of scientific work demonstrating the lasting environmental effects of human activity and waste disposal on the Great Lakes. (2011-01-21)

For non-whites, geography plays key role in colon cancer screening
New research from UC Davis Cancer Center has found that whether a person gets screened for colon cancer often depends on where they live in addition to their race or ethnicity. (2011-01-10)

Race affects regional colorectal cancer screening disparities
Individuals from certain areas of the United States are more likely to get screened for colorectal cancer than those from other areas, particularly when comparing non-whites living in different parts of the country. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Additional research is needed to better understand how colorectal cancer screening disparities develop in some regions and not in others. (2011-01-10)

Prestigious journal validates Asian carp research
The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) by scientists from the University of Notre Dame and the Nature Conservancy to detect invasive Asian carp in the Chicago-area waterway has been validated in Conservation Letters, a new flagship peer-reviewed journal published by the Society for Conservation Biology. (2011-01-05)

Genetic relationship between Hungarian and Turkish apricots confirmed
Apricots are important to Turkey, the country where more apricot crops are grown and exported than anywhere in the world. Looking to unlock the mystery of apricots' origins and increase crop production, scientists are studying the genetic relationship between apricot varieties. New research from a team of Hungarian and Turkish scientists has confirmed the genetic link between Turkish and Hungarian apricot cultivars, yielding information that provides valuable data for apricot growers and breeders. (2010-12-29)

Seeing double: Africa's 2 elephant species
By comparing the DNA of modern elephants from Africa and Asia to DNA extracted from two extinct species, the woolly mammoth and the mastodon, researchers have concluded that Africa has two -- not one -- species of elephant. Since 1950, all African elephants have been conserved as one species. Now that we know the forest and savanna elephants are two very different animals, the forest elephant should become a bigger priority for conservation purposes. (2010-12-21)

Racial disparities evident in early-stage liver cancer survival
Black patients with early-stage liver cancer appear more likely to die of the disease than Hispanic or white patients with the same condition, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-12-20)

Census analysis: Nation's diversity grows, but integration slows
Brown University sociologist John Logan is among the first scholars to analyze new US census data on social, economic, housing and demographic factors for every community in the nation. His findings show that as diversity in the nation grows, progress toward integrating neighborhoods appears to have stopped. (2010-12-15)

'1-drop rule' appears to persist for biracial individuals
The centuries-old (2010-12-09)

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