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With this ebola issue, is it true that the medications do not really help african or black people?

With this ebola issue, is it true that the medications do not really help african or black people?

Misinformation: With widespread media coverage and today's methods of instant global communication, there is a greater likelihood for misinformation about the current Ebola outbreak. Check the CDC website for accurate updates: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ ...Read more

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Any reason why are blood disorders common in greek, italian, african, and mediterranean people?

Any reason why are blood disorders common in greek, italian, african, and mediterranean people?

Congenital: Many cultures have an increased risk of various diseases due to marriage within the family. The more such sharing of the gene pool occurs with closely related people the more of a chance that the gene expression will become dominant. This is also true in some religions such as Judaism. ...Read more

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Why is it that people of african american, italian, hispanic, or indian backgrounds. Tend to have darker nipples, or darker in the private region?

Why is it that people of african american, italian, hispanic, or indian backgrounds. Tend to have darker nipples, or darker in the private region?

Genetic variability: Those areas are darker not only in people of the above origin, but in caucasians as well, although, may not be as noticeable. Those areas tend to be "loaded" with melanocytes - cells that carry melanine, the dark pigment that determines a person's complexity. Some people have genetically more melanine than others. ...Read more

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What is a type of anemia that is inherited by african- american, mediterranean, and southeast Asian people?

What is a type of anemia that is inherited by african- american, mediterranean, and southeast Asian people?

There are many....: These ethnic groups occupy the thalassemia belt, which is a geographic area that overlaps with areas endemic for malarial pathogens such as plasmodium falciparum and plasmodium vivax. Thalassemia and a host of hemoglobinopathies are thought to confer resistance to malaria. The downside to these protective mechanisms is that some willl inherit combinations that are pathologic. ...Read more

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Why are people who are of african descent more prone to high blood pressure?

Why are people who are of african descent more prone to high blood pressure?

racial differences: There are many examples of racial differences in medicine - ethnic native americans have a predisposition to diabetes as an example. There's nothing political about it - just a genetic difference that must be recognized and treated appropriately. Once successfully treated, your prognosis is excellent! ...Read more

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What to use on discolored dry african skin?

What to use on discolored dry african skin?

Ashy skin: A gentle moisturizer such as eucerin or cetaphil may help along with non soap cleansers. ...Read more

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I'm african american am I more susceptible to becoming an addict?

I'm african american am I more susceptible to becoming an addict?

No: There may be some racial differences in vulnerabilities to certain addictions (for example-certain asians drink less secondary to enzyme deficiencies) but no race is more susceptible to addiction in general. ...Read more

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WHAT CAN I DO OR PURCHASE TO GAIN WEIGHT?? I AM A 46 YR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN 5'3, 108 LBS...I CONSTANTLY EAT ALL THE TIME BUT NEVER SEEM TO GAIN WEIGHT..PLEASE HELP

WHAT CAN I DO OR PURCHASE TO GAIN WEIGHT?? I AM A 46 YR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN 5'3, 108 LBS...I CONSTANTLY EAT ALL THE TIME BUT NEVER SEEM TO GAIN WEIGHT..PLEASE HELP

Increase food&exerci: you are underweight or with bmi less than 18, the first question will be if you eat enough food more than you body uses. Assuming you do but still can not gain weight, consideration should be giving to hypercatabolic states like hyperthyroidism and chronic infections. Also malabsorption syndromes should be consider.Anecdotal evidence from my practice show a subset of people lose weight w stress. ...Read more

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