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BACKGROUND African American men have the highest prostate cancer morbidity and mortality rates than any other racial or ethnic group in the US. Although the overall incidence of and mortality from prostate cancer has been declining in White men since 1991, the decline in African American men lags behind White men. Of particular concern is the growing(More)
BACKGROUND Since behavioral factors are significant determinants of population health, addressing prostate cancer (CaP)-related health beliefs and cultural beliefs are key weapons to fight this deadly disease. This study investigated the health beliefs and cultural beliefs of black men relative to CaP, and the key socio-demographic correlates of these(More)
Thymoquinone (TQ), the main pharmacological active ingredient within the black cumin seed (Nigella sativa) is believed to be responsible for the therapeutic effects on chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma and neurodegeneration. In this study, we evaluated the potential anti-inflammatory role of TQ in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated(More)
Environmental or occupational exposure to high levels of manganese (Mn) can lead to manganism, a symptomatic neuro-degenerative disorder similar to idiopathic Parkinson's disease. The underlying mechanism of Mn neurotoxicity remains unclear. In this study, we evaluate the primary toxicological events associated with MnCl(2) toxicity in rat PC12 cells using(More)
Female pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were injected once daily with 40 mg/kg cocaine hydrochloride or 0.9% saline from gestational day 12 (GD 12) to GD 21. From postnatal day 21 (PND 21) to PND 60, both male and female offspring were examined for stress response. Treated male and female offspring demonstrated a diminished tolerance to stress as determined by(More)
African American Men are 65% more likely to develop prostate cancer and are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer, than are Caucasian American Males. The explanation for this glaring health disparity is still unknown; although a number of different plausible factors have been offered including genetic susceptibility and gene-environment interactions. We(More)
Despite recognition of child maltreatment as a major national problem, there have been no controlled studies that evaluated the efficacy of individual psychotherapy with maltreated children. Thirty-six preschoolers who were attending a therapeutic nursery were provided with either 15 weeks of directive individual play therapy to supplement their ongoing(More)
BACKGROUND The most common male malignancy in the United States is prostate cancer; however its rate of occurrence varies significantly among ethnic groups. In a previous cDNA microarray study on CaP tumors from African American (AA) and Caucasian (CA) patients, we identified 97 candidate genes that exhibited opposite gene expression polarity with respect(More)