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"What Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Herpes have in Common" According to the Center for Disease Control there are minorities that are at greater risk for contracting Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Herpes. According to their research Blacks and Hispanics are contracting these illnesses at a rate that is higher than Caucasians. One of the reasons offered for this disparity is what I find most troubling. At least, two articles point to the common factors that can account for the disparity. One of the articles sums it up as follows: “There are no known genetic factors that can explain the greater prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias in African-Americans and Hispanics than in whites. On the other hand, conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which are known risk factors for Alzheimer's and other dementias in all groups, are more common in African-Americans and Hispanics than in whites. Socioeconomic factors, such as having a low level of education and low income are also associated with greater risk for Alzheimer's and other dementias in all groups. Data from a federal survey of older Americans shows that African-Americans and Hispanics are disproportionately represented among socioeconomically disadvantaged people in this country. The Association's new report points out that these health and socioeconomic factors probably contribute to the greater prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias in African-Americans and Hispanics. “ http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/new-report-says-african-americans-and,1195825.shtml#ixzz0hjhTxbpA This program is designed to offer tangible solutions to the critical issues that are challenging the quality of life in various populations. We invite forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and solutions oriented talkers to engage in meaningful problem solving. These episodes may be forwarded to government officials (and other entities) to let them review solutions oriented discussions.

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