This issue is focused on chronic diseases in the minority community. More than 130 million Americans suffer from chronic conditions today. The number continues to rise, as we are a population that is living longer. The leading causes of death from disease are from heart disease, cancer, and stroke. People with chronic conditions are the most frequent users of health care in the U.S., accounting for 81% of hospital admissions; 91% of all prescriptions filled; and 76% of all physician visits.
Many of these chronic conditions have a genetic predisposition. However, genetics alone is not a cause for a majority of these preventable conditions. Conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and a few of the cancers can be prevented with a healthy di-et, regular exercise, and cessation of smoking and alcohol use.
Also alarming is the disproportionate burden of chronic disease in the minority community today. Several contributions to the cover theme highlight the chronic diseases in the minor-ity community, reactions to the awareness of such chronic diseases, and suggestions on tackling them. Research abstracts, including those from our 2012-2013 Satcher Fellows, high-light conditions addressed in the primary care setting. The Spring 2013 issue also highlights the most up-to-date events occurring in the Student National Medical Association.
I hope you enjoy the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of the Student National Medical Associa-tion. Consider contributing to our Fall 2013 edition. As always, we would love to have you as part of the Publications Committee.
Yours in SNMA,
The Editorial Board
The Journal of the Student National Medical Association
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