Health Disparities And Treatment : Genetics

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Govinda Dass grd388 Health Disparities in Treatment: Genetics Although there is no biological basis for race, various ethnic groups have unique health problems associated with them. For example, sickle cell in African Americans, or Indians and hypertension. When talking about genetic difference, we straddle a fine line. With its history in racism in eugenics, it’s important to understand that these genetic differences don’t necessarily have anything to do with. As explained by Eric Kraut (2007), sickle cell is not a ‘black’ disease. The genes for sickle cell are present in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African, and Indian DNA. Due the the regions in which certain ethnicities have lived, small and normally inconsequential genetic traits can get expressed as illness. That’s nothing new. Huntington 's disease that affects a lot of people of European ancestry, but as Stephanie Liou (2012) explores, Huntingtons is also prevalent in the Japanese. These types of genetic differences aren’t racial, certain ethnic groups just have higher chances of expressing certain genes. Overall our genetic makeups are still almost the same. Here is where the health disparity lies. Not viewing these genetic differences actively hurts the health of minority groups. We need to look at the effects of genetic differences in health diversity, this is so much more important any rhetoric we discuss about race, it’s not just hurting people’s socio-economic status. When we fail to accept genetic

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