Recent News and Articles
We are are the cusp of the transition from heart disease to cancer as the leading cause of death in the United States
Dr. Latha Palaniappan along with other researchers and doctors have recently published a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine that studies the effects of socioeconomic differences on the transition from heart disease to cancer as the leading cause of death in the US. Their data shows that heart disease is more likely to be the leading cause of death in low income countries, as high income countries have seen a decrease in mortality rates. This leads to the idea that low income countries are experiencing a later transition from heart disease to cancer as the leading cause of death compared to high income countries.
When you aggregate these disparate groups, it may look like there's no differences in risk compared to non-Hispanic White. But when you disaggregate those groups, you see there are some groups that have much higher rates of cardiovascular disease - like Filipinos and Asian Indiand - and some groups have lower cardiovascular disease rates..."
A recent article on Medical Xpress features Dr. Palaniappan and her work emhasizing the importance of disaggregating data between Asian American ethinic subgroups.
This article emphasizes the need for metrics that are culturally appropriate in addition to seperating Asian American ethnic groups to better understand data and provide higher quality of care to these populations.
The Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) is one of the newest centers formed in the School of Medicine. CARE looks to support and investigate Asian health issues through a multidisciplinary lens by bringing together diverse individuals to share resources and knowledge. CARE hopes of improving the delivery of healthcare to Asian and Asian Americans through education and research.