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Black Women and Health: Extreme Stress Causes Accelerated Biological Aging

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You’ve probably heard the expression “black don’t crack,” a reference to black women’s ageless beauty. But though their skin may be smooth and wrinkle-free on the outside, black women are aging faster than white women on the inside, health experts say.

Dr. Michelle Gourdine, a former deputy secretary of health and chief public health physician for Maryland, explains that extreme stress causes wear and tear on our internal organs, contributing to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke in black women—all diseases of aging. “The cells that make up your heart, your blood vessels, whatever else, begin to age prematurely because of all the stress, and that predisposes you to disease,” says Gourdine, author of Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness.

She points to a 2010 National Institutes of Health study titled “Do US Black Women Experience Stress-Related Accelerated Biological Aging?” The study’s authors analyzed data from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation and found that black women between the ages of 49 and 55 are 7.5 years biologically “older” than white women

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Black Women are Being Left Out of Advancements in Genetic Medicine

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Henrietta Lacks was a poor black wife and mother who died of cervical cancer in 1951. The cells from Henrietta’s tumor were given to researcher George Gey, who discovered that  her cells could be kept alive and grow. Ms. Lacks’ material named HeLa were the first human cells successfully cloned. Mrs. Lack’s cells were use without her permission and her family were never informed about the medical advancements made and the millions earned by Henrietta’s genes until the 1980s. They have received no monetary compensation for her It is an ironic that the medical advances brought about by Lack’s contribution are not designed to help those who look like her.

HPV Vaccine May Not Protect Against Subtypes That Most Commonly Affect African American Women

African American women and white women may not be affected by the same subtypes of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study suggests, which is troubling considering currently available HPV vaccines do not protect against the subtypes that were most commonly found in African American women.

Researchers from the Duke University School of Medicine examined the HPV subtypes present in 572 people who were part of the Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia Cohort Study, all of whom had abnormal Pap tests. Of those women, 280 were African American and 292 were white. They looked particularly at HPV subtypes present in the women’s cervical intraepithelial neoplasias (CIN), which are abnormalities in the cervix that are considered precursors to cervical cancer. They wanted to see what differences there may be in early CIN (called CIN1) and more advanced CIN (called CIN2 and CIN3).

“These are young women in the prime of their careers, family and fertility. This means a severely compromised future with a disease that waxes and wanes, affecting every aspect of daily living for the rest of their lives.”  Among the women with early CIN, HPV subtypes 16, 18, 31, 56 39 and 66 were the most frequently detected among white women. For African American women, though, the HPV subtypes 33, 35, 58 and 68 were most frequently detected.

African American Women Develop Lupus at a Younger Age

I lost one of dear friends in college to Lupus. It was not a rarity, black women had very high rates of lupus, with an incidence rate in Georgia nearly three times higher than that for white women, with significantly high rates in the 30-39 age group,” says principal investigator, S. Sam Lim, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Division of Rheumatology at Emory University School of Medicine.

There are substantial racial disparities in the burden of lupus, according to initial data from the largest and most far-reaching study ever conducted on the disease and published online today by the journal, Arthritis and Rheumatism. The data confirms that black females disproportionately are burdened by lupus, a devastating and complicated autoimmune disease.   “These are young women in the prime of their careers, family and fertility. This means a severely compromised future with a disease that waxes and wanes, affecting every aspect of daily living for the rest of their lives.”

Breast Cancer Gene Mutations More Common in Black Women

Black women with breast cancer are more likely than women in the general population to have genetic mutations linked to their disease, and a significant proportion of those mutations extend beyond the common BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, a new study has found.

In the first comprehensive analysis of all known breast cancer susceptibility genes in a black cohort, mutations were most prevalent in women with early-onset disease, triple-negative disease, or a family history of breast, ovarian, or pancreatic cancer. The findings suggest that broader genetic screening than is currently clinically available might be warranted in high-risk black patients and their families, said study author Jane Churpek, MD, a hemotologist/oncologist at the University of Chicago.

WTF Science???? Obesity study: Exercise benefits black girls less than whites

At the turn of the 20th century eugenics & race science was all the rage. Conservatives love to point out that Margaret Sanger, one of the founders of Planned Parenthood was a eugenicist who wanted to stop the growth of the black population. In their fight to control black women’s bodies that forget that the vast majority of white Americans felt the same way. Thousands of “experiments” were done between Civil War to the 1940’s to “prove” that blacks were subhuman, all with total disregard for the scientific method. Scientific racism promoted this ideas that blacks had smaller brains and their malnutrition and other “black diseases” were endemic to to the race. Actuary Frederick L. Hoffman stated that due to their disease ridden constitutions blacks would soon die out just like Native Americans. This ideology led to the Tuskegee Experiment and the sterilization program in North Carolina. Even the SAT & I.Q. were touted as proof of the ssuperiority of the Nordic race.

This blatant scientific bias still has it’s supporters whose shoddy data and poorly designed experiments “prove” that blacks are biologically inferior. The latest quackery comes from a pair of scientists in England who contend that black teenage obesity is linked to their deviant metabolism. In the era of Serena Williams, the amazing black women on the US Olymipic Team, the WNBA and the newest golf phenonom Cheyenne Woods (niece of black woman hater, Tiger Woods), this experiment concludes that black women are immune to the effects of diet and exercise. The study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine is based on self reports which are notoriously unreliable and fails to account for demographics or family history. Although the study indicates that the black subjects had access to gyms and a diet plan, many black women do not live in areas where fresh foods or recreation facilities are available. Just how far did the subjects have to travel to access the resources necessary to secure significant weight loss? Black women are even more prone than black men to have white ancestry but the study claims that black women oxidize fat at a slower rate that white women as if they come from a completely separate genome. The researchers conclude that “special programs” be devised for black women to loose weight. When the same issue is posed about (white) women and (white) men the their is no special metabolic diet plan suggested, just the simple fact that women have 10% more body fat than men and encourages the reader to keep up their weight loss regime. The attempt to otherize black women have been a part of Western culture since The Venus Hottentot. Isn’t time that scientists stop indulging in this sick obsession?

My Problem With the New Study Regarding Black Girls and Weight Loss | Tamaratwhite.

Proof That Homophobia Is Associated with Homosexual Arousal

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Both groups exhibited increases in penile circumference to the heterosexual and female homosexual videos. Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli. The groups did not differ in aggression. Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.

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