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META-Health project teams up Emory, Morehouse
by Holly Korschun
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11 April 2005
On 11 April 2005 Emory Report reported:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a research team at Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine $6 million for a five-year partnership to address health disparities between African Americans and Caucasians at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Included in the research will be clinical trials on the Transcendendental Meditation Programme (TM).
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The article noted that earlier studies by researchers at Morehouse and other research institutions have shown that TM can help reduce blood pressure and may reduce other features of 'metabolic syndrome', such as stress and psychological contributors.
Atlanta's program-dubbed META-Health ('Morehouse and Emory are Teaming up to eliminAte Health disparities')-will be distinctive in its focus on the 'metabolic syndrome,' a cluster of health risk factors including hypertension, abnormal cholesterol, high triglycerides, abdominal obesity and elevated blood glucose. Individuals with at least three of these factors are identified as having metabolic syndrome, putting them at very high risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The article said that several epidemiologic studies have shown African Americans are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than Caucasians. 'By understanding and intervening with people who have existing risk factors but who do not yet have overt coronary artery disease, we believe we may be able to modify risk and reduce heart disease,' said Sandra Dunbar, a member of the META-Health partnership team.
Viola Vaccarino, associate professor of medicine at Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine, will lead a clinical trial that will incorporate Transcendental Meditation and address psychosocial factors that may contribute to risk for metabolic syndrome.
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