Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land

A Role for Epigenomic and Environmental Interaction

Authors: Kwabi-Addo, Bernard

  • Is a one-of-a-kind book in presenting a link between epigenetic and environmental interaction in understanding health disparities among the African diaspora
  • Discusses multiple ways in which environmental factors can influence health outcomes and reduce risk for different types of diseases
  • Also discusses how the knowledge of genetic variance in different populations can be explored as biomarkers for disease detection and in precision medicine
  • Aims to increase understanding of how environmental factors can influence gene expression and health outcomes in different racial and ethnic populations
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About this book

This stimulating volume uses multiple lenses to analyze the complex causes of health disparities affecting minorities, in particular African Americans, and explains how this knowledge can be used to reduce their destructive effects. Pinpointing genetic, non-genetic, and epigenetic factors underlying health conditions common to the population—including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer—the author traces intricate links among these factors in the current environmental and social context. The section on non-genetic factors in health disparities, such as social determinants and health behaviors, adds depth to the ongoing discourse on public health and health policy objectives. And the chapters on gene/environment interactions outline the vast potential for developing new multidisciplinary frontiers in shrinking health inequities and personalizing care.

Included in the coverage:

 

  • The African diaspora and disease-specific disparities
  • The genetic basis to health disparities
  • The role of epigenetics
  • Economic factors and health
  • Psychological issues and how they affect disparities
  • Gene-environment interactions in health disparities
  • Race, a biological or social concept

Compelling and accessible, Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land will challenge and inspire medical students, epidemiologists, public health professionals, biomedical research scientists, and social scientists to go farther in their work. A wider audience would include policymakers, government officials, nurses, physicians, lawyers, economists, community outreach investigators, and interested general readers. 

About the authors

Bernard Kwabi-Addo, PhD, is an associate professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Principal Investigator of the Prostate Cancer Research Laboratory at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct associate professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. His research work included receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in prostate cancer. More recently, Dr. Kwabi-Addo is investigating the role of epigenetic changes in prostate cancer etiology/progression with an emphasis on understanding the contribution of epigenetic changes as well as gene-environmental interaction in cancer disparities.
Dr. Kwabi-Addo graduated from Queen Mary and Westfield College at University of London (where he received a PhD studying site-directed gene targeting in mammalian cells using the bacteriophage Cre-loxP recombination system as a tool) and University College London in England, and University of Dundee in Scotland. He trained at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in cancer biology, specifically in prostate cancer research. Dr. Kwabi-Addo has published scientific articles in journals including Nature Genetics, PNAS, Cancer Research, Prostate, and Epigenetics. His book, Cancer Causes and Controversies: Understanding Risk Reduction and Prevention, was published by Praeger in 2011. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Gertrude, a financial analyst, and their three sons, Benjamin, Joshua, and David.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: The African Diaspora and Disease-Specific Disparities

    Kwabi-Addo, Bernard

    Pages 1-14

  • Genetic Basis of Health Disparity

    Kwabi-Addo, Bernard

    Pages 17-74

  • The Role of Epigenetics

    Kwabi-Addo, Bernard

    Pages 75-107

  • Economic Factors and Health Disparities

    Kwabi-Addo, Bernard

    Pages 111-127

  • Social Determinants and Health Disparities

    Kwabi-Addo, Bernard

    Pages 129-152

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55865-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55864-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land
Book Subtitle
A Role for Epigenomic and Environmental Interaction
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55865-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55865-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55864-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 324
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations
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