Los Angeles: People who face racism may be at an increased risk of inflammation and chronic illness, a study has found. Inflammation serves to protect an organism from a health threat. However, if someone feels under threat for long periods of time, their health may suffer significantly with chronic inflammation. “If those genes remain active for an extended period of time, that can promote heart attacks, neurodegenerative diseases, and metastatic cancer,” said Steve Cole of the University of California, Los Angeles in the US. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The research, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, shows that racist experiences increase inflammation in African American individuals, raising their risk of chronic illness. “We know discrimination is linked to health outcomes, but no one was sure exactly how it harmed health,” said April Thames, an associate professor at University of Southern California in the US. The survival of all living things depends on their ability to respond to infections, stresses and injuries. Such threats trigger an immune system response to fend off pathogens and repair damaged tissues. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaA select group of genes are key to this defense mechanism, and inflammation is a sign that those genes are working to counter the threat or repair the damage. In previous studies, researchers had found that inflammatory responses are heightened among people in socially-marginalised, isolated groups. “We’ve seen this before in chronic loneliness, poverty, PTSD, and other types of adversity. But until now, nobody had looked at the effects of discrimination,” said Cole.
Take 6 — the most award-winning vocal group in history — will perform Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.Brock University’s Centre for the Arts will be busy this week with three shows at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.It starts Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. where De Temps Antan will perform time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past.Through a variety of instruments, including blazing fiddle, brash accordion, exquisite guitar and pristine vocals, the ensemble marries virtuosic playing with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional music from La Belle Province.De Temps Antan began life as a small Québécois roots band within a much bigger one.Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis first got together as a trio while playing and touring as members of the Quebec supergroup, La Bottine Souriante.Take 6 — the most award-winning vocal group in history — will perform Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.With 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award and many more accolades, Take 6 is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius.Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop.With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world.Award-winning jazz vocalist, pianist and songwriter Laila Biali will perform Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.Biali, who combines pop, rock and soul, all infused with a bit of jazz, has toured with Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and recorded with and supported Sting.Biali’s music has been presented at prestigious venues spanning four continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Peru’s El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.George Koller will join Biali on bass and Davide DiRenzo on drums.Discounted tickets are available for college, university and high school students.To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 905-688-5550 x3257, long distance toll free 1-866-617-3257 or visit online.The Sean O’Sullivan Theatre lobby and box office is open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.