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BONE MINERAL DENSITY AND VITAMIN D IN LEICESTER
Gujarati people of South Asian origin in Leicester, UK, have low bone mineral density (BMD) and vitamin D levels compared with white people in the area. Using an observational cross sectional study of randomly selected Gujarati and white volunteers aged between 20 and 40, the authors found that the BMD difference was particularly pronounced between Gujarati and white women, and that a much higher proportion of Gujarati men and women had vitamin D levels that were not measurable. Noting the potential public health implications of the increased risk of fractures in the Gujarati population, the authors suggest that “appropriate interventional measures will be required to address this particular health issue in South Asians”. (
SATURDAYS STRESS WOMEN IN JAPAN
Most of the world has a higher risk of experiencing an acute myocardial infarction on a Monday, as we undergo the stress of returning to work after the weekend. Japanese women, however, who Confucian ethics and inherent Far East patriarchism dictate take full responsibility for housekeeping duties (whether working full time or not), are at a greater …