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Many older Americans rely on people, devices, other strategies to get by

ANN ARBOR — Only about a third of Americans ages 65 and older are fully able to take care of themselves and go about their daily lives completely independently, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

Understanding that there are different ways older adults adapt to disability is a big step in developing public health policies that maximize the quality of life for all older Americans, said the study’s lead author, Vicki Freedman, a research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. (more…)

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Racial and economic gap in awareness of lifesaving HPV vaccine

There are worrisome racial, economic, educational, and gender gaps in awareness about the lifesaving vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV), a Yale Cancer Center study has found. The study is being presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.

HPV is a primarily sexually transmitted virus most widely known for causing cervical cancer, but it can also cause anal cancer, certain oral cancers, and cancers of the sexual organs of both women and men. (more…)

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African Americans in Texas See Decreased Economic Mobility, Policy Report Shows

AUSTIN, Texas — The economic status of African Americans in Texas has significantly declined during the first decade of the 21st century, according to a policy report released by the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.

The report, led by IUPRA Research Fellow Shetal Vohra-Gupta, raises important questions about several issues, such as racial disparities in economic status of families, including median income and overall poverty rate. The economic toll is greatest among African American single mothers. (more…)

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Breast Cancer DNA Mutator Found

Masonic Cancer Center researchers discover a virus-fighting enzyme

It’s well known that sunlight and chemical carcinogens can mutate DNA, and that mutations are essential for cancer to develop.

One big mystery was what causes the thousands of mutations evident in most breast cancers.

Now researcher Reuben Harris, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and his colleagues have found evidence that one of our own proteins is a major source of these mutations. The researchers have just published evidence implicating the protein—an enzyme called APOBEC3B—in the international journal Nature. (more…)

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Racial ‘Hierarchy of Bias’ Drives Decision to Shoot Armed, Unarmed Suspects, CU-Boulder Study Finds

Police officers and students exhibit an apparent “hierarchy of bias” in making a split-second decision whether to shoot suspects who appear to be wielding a gun or, alternatively, a benign object like a cell phone, research conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder and San Diego State University has found.

Both the police and student subjects were most likely to shoot at blacks, then Hispanics, then whites and finally, in a case of what might be called a positive bias, Asians, researchers found. (more…)

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Asians Reluctant to Seek Help for Domestic Violence

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Asian-American victims of domestic violence rarely seek help from police or health care providers – “an alarming trend” among the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, says a Michigan State University researcher.

While cultural barriers can discourage victims from seeking help, there also is a lack of culturally sensitive services available to them, said Hyunkag Cho, assistant professor of social work.

That can be as simple as a local domestic violence hotline that cannot facilitate calls from Chinese- or Korean-speaking victims due to language barriers. And failing to get help the first time, Cho said, may prevent a victim from trying again. (more…)

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