South Asian Health: Inflammation, Infection, Exposure, and the Human Microbiome

Jennifer Leng, Ponni Peruluswami, Sehrish Bari, Sunanda Gaur, Farshid Radparvar, Faruque Parvez, Yu Chen, Cristina Flores, Francesca Gany

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of the literature review conducted for the working group topic on inflammation, infection, exposure, and the human microbiome. Infection and chronic inflammation can elevate risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Environmental exposures common among South Asian (SA) subgroups, such as arsenic exposure among Bangladeshis and particulate matter air pollution among taxi drivers, also pose risks. This review explores the effects of exposure to arsenic and particulate matter, as well as other infections common among SAs, including human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B/C infection. Emerging research on the human microbiome, and the effect of microbiome changes on obesity and diabetes risk among SAs are also explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-36
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

Keywords

  • Exposure
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Microbiome
  • South Asian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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