Monday, September 25, 2017

An international team of researchers has found that a genetic variant carried almost exclusively by African Americans significantly reduces the accuracy of the standard test for type 2 diabetes, the glycated haemoglobin or HbA1c test

The test measures the amount of glucose that is carried by the red blood cells over the previous two to three months. At least one copy of the variant in the G6PD gene is carried by around 11% of African Americans. This means that around 650,000 African Americans in the United States could have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes if tested with the HbA1c test alone. The results suggest screening for G6PD alongside the diagnostic test, or using other diagnostic tests in populations with African ancestry in order to improve diagnoses of type 2 diabetes.

The presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) varied significantly in the tumors of African-American and European-American women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC)

TNBC is a highly aggressive breast cancer subtype that afflicts African-American women at a higher rate than white women, and often involves a worse prognosis. Previous research has shown that African-American women tend to develop more aggressive subtypes of TNBC than European-American women, exacerbating the disparity in survival.

By 2024, median Black and Latino households are projected to own 60-80% less wealth than they did in 1983

Black families have been losing savings, property, and wealth for thirty years, and will reach a median wealth of zero in 26 years. Median Black household wealth is on a path to hit zero by 2053 and median Latino household wealth is projected to hit zero by 2073.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

One woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a suspect identified as a Sudanese immigrant opened fire at a Tennessee church

The suspect, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, immigrated from Sudan two decades ago, police said. He's suspected of bringing at least two pistols and a mask to the predominantly white Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville. Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted that Samson will be charged with murder and attempted murder. Law enforcement confirmed that Samson is a legal U.S. resident who immigrated from Sudan in 1996.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor

All blue-eyed people have one ancestor in common, born around 6,000-10,000 years ago. Blue eyes are caused by a gene mutation. For years, researchers had searched for it on the OCA2 gene. The OCA2 gene determines how much brown pigment is in our eyes. But what they were looking for wasn't there at all. The mutation was found on an entirely different gene called HERC2. HERC2 turns off OCA2, meaning it turns off the brown and reveals the blue. Every blue-eyed person has this exact same mutation. Only people of European descent have blue eyes. It would also suggest that all blue-eyed people share a single European ancestor.

An 18-year-old black man has been charged with raping and murdering a homeless white mother before sexually assaulting her corpse

James Arthur House was arrested in Baltimore when he confessed to slaying and raping 35-year-old Jessica Gibson. The mother-of-four's body was found dumped behind large pallets on a downtown Baltimore access road. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. House has been charged with murder, rape, perverted practice, reckless endangerment and sex offenses. Some of the sex acts House is charged with were carried out on Gibson's dead body.

Police have revealed what a black Muslim man said after beheading a co-worker in Oklahoma

Alton Nolen told police that he felt oppressed as a Muslim at the food plant by his co-workers, who he said teamed up against him. He spoke to them after being arrested for the attack. When the police asked him if he regretted his actions, he responded, “I don’t feel regret, because you know what I’ve done. That’s probably going to make Vaughan Foods a better place to work for a Muslim.” In September 2014, Nolen was suspended from his job at Vaughan Foods because a co-worker said that they had gotten into an argument after he said he didn’t like white people. Nolen returned with a knife, stabbed and beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, and attacked Traci Johnson, the woman who had issued the complaint about him. Authorities have presented as evidence in the trial that Nolen had a Koran and other “written scripture” in his apartment at the time of the attack. His Facebook page also had many signs of Islamic radicalization, including posts claiming, “Sharia Law is coming!!” and exhibiting pictures of beheadings and the Taliban. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the ongoing trial.

Just 16 unarmed black men out of a population of more than 20 million were killed by the police in 2016 – down from 36 the year before

Only 0.08% of black men are injured by the police each year, approximately the same rate as for white men. A black man is about 44 times as likely to suffer a traffic-related injury.