Medlin, Jennifer
September 2005
Environmental Health Perspectives;Sep2005, Vol. 113 Issue 9, pA 592
Academic Journal
This article presents news that evaluates how biological, social, cultural, environmental, and economic factors overlap and combine in such a way as to influence the rate of disease and in some cases the outcomes of disease in certain populations. Researchers are focusing primarily on how both mind and body may interact with genes to create breast cancer differences between whites and blacks. Investigators want to find out why black men differ noticeably from white men in incidence of and death from prostate cancer. Researchers want to know why cervical cancer incidence is higher among women living in Ohio's Appalachian country, which comprises 29 counties. Researchers in Santa Monica, California have also noted how neighborhoods can affect health outcomes, including infant mortality, life expectancy, and the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease and asthma.


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