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Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

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  DURHAM, N.C. – A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress.

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Voter Suppression:  One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

Voter Suppression: One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

By Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- Around 30 days and counting, this election season is in the home stretch.  The highest profile race is for US Senate between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.  

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

by Peter Grear

As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win.  My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. 

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Work and Wages among Older People of Color

Written by Featured Organization on 19 August 2011.

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 16, 2011 -- The number of people of color in the workforce -- particularly Hispanics and Asian Americans -- will soar in the next two decades as the older population expands, grows more diverse, and works longer. But, African Americans and Hispanics age 50 and older face substantial workplace challenges, including relatively low earnings, high unemployment, and limited access to self-employment. Older Asians fare better, but still lag behind their non-Hispanic white counterparts on many indicators.

A new data brief, by Richard Johnson and Janice Park of the Urban Institute’s Program on Retirement Policy, provides the data and details, such as

  • Among men age 50 to 61 employed full time, 2009 median earnings totaled $56,100 for non-Hispanic whites, compared with $40,800 for African Americans, $35,700 for Hispanics, and $50,000 for Asians. Median inflation-adjusted earnings fell between 1999 and 2009 for men 50–61 in all groups.
  • For women 50–61, Hispanics exhibited the highest 2010 unemployment rate (10.7 percent), followed by African Americans (8.7 percent), Asians (6.6 percent), and non-Hispanic whites (5.6 percent).
  • Self-employment, which often provides more flexible work arrangements than standard wage and salary jobs, was much more common in 2010 at older ages than at younger ages. However, workers of color were less likely to work for themselves than non-Hispanic whites, possibly because of difficulty gaining access to the financial capital needed to start a business.

“Employment and Earnings among 50+ People of Color,” by Richard Johnson and Janice Park, is available at

For more research and resources about retirement security and the aging of American society, go to

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