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Why do doctors ask for your race?

Race and ethnicity are risk factors in many diseases. Examples include, but are not limited to, cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy. There is also an epidemiological purpose of collecting this ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

There's a myriad of adjustments that can improve patients' treatment if it's race-informed. As a very small but characteristic example, the 2021 European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for Heart ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

Here are some random examples: Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases Bloom syndrome. Canavan disease. Cystic fibrosis. Th Familial dysautonomia (FD). Fanconi anemia. Gaucher disease. Mucolipidosis IV. ...
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Race and bone marrow donor search

What was once defined as 'scientific racism' is incompatible with what we know to be science or anthropology. Inter-group differences, supposed to be large in broad terms and used to qualify people, ...
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Are there vaccines which have a varying effect on people of different ethnicities?

Some differences have been observed in certain studies, although most reviews nowadays seem focused on the genetics angle in variations to vaccine response. One such (2015) review cites (somewhat in ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

On a scale from sledgehammer to scalpel, race, as recorded in medical data is closer to sledgehammer in terms of granularity, but hey, sometimes we need sledgehammers (e.g. for broad epidemiological ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

In addition to all the fine answers, there are even more clinical reasons for including race in your chart. For one, clinical lab norms and calculations based on the clinical lab values can differ by ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

When you immigrate to the United States (as I did), one of the first things you notice is that you get asked about your race all the time. Want a loan from your bank, your race is recorded (if you ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

The answer to your question can come from many angles. I do not have clinical experience, but I do have regulatory reporting experience. In the United States, the CDC runs a program called "...
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Why liver damage from Isoniazid (medicine of TB) is more in Africans? What is it that make Caucasians more immune?

Firstly the causes of liver failure in those taking the drug (1): The cause of liver injury due to Isoniazid is believed to be accumulation of a toxic intermediate of its metabolism. Rates of injury ...
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