Terrence Higgins Trust Launches New Course For Health Promotion In African Communities

March 20, 2009

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a Health Promotion Skills course targeting individuals, staff and volunteers working with African communities in London. The course, which is free, will take place over four sessions at THT’s centre on Grays Inn Road from 6th April.

The main aim of the course is to equip participants with the skills to become an effective health promoter, so they can make a positive change to the lives of many Africans who live in London. In completing the course, trainees will gain an OCN-accredited certificate in African Communities Health Promotion.
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Terrence Higgins Trust Launches New Course For Health Promotion In African Communities

March 20, 2009

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a Health Promotion Skills course targeting individuals, staff and volunteers working with African communities in London. The course, which is free, will take place over four sessions at THT’s centre on Grays Inn Road from 6th April.

The main aim of the course is to equip participants with the skills to become an effective health promoter, so they can make a positive change to the lives of many Africans who live in London. In completing the course, trainees will gain an OCN-accredited certificate in African Communities Health Promotion.
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Genetic Ancestry Of African Americans Reveals New Insights About Gene Expression

January 13, 2009

The amount of proteins produced in cells-a fundamental determinant of biological outcomes collectively known as gene expression-varies in African American individuals depending on their proportion of African or European genetic ancestry. These findings, by researchers based in Boston, Philadelphia and Oxford, are published December 5 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics.

Gene expression is known to vary among individuals and to be influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Previous studies have reported gene expression differences among human populations, but it has been suggested that this could be due to non-genetic effects. Populations of recently mixed ancestry such as African Americans, who on average inherit about 80% African and 20% European ancestry, offer a solution to this question, since individuals vary in their proportion of European ancestry while the analysis of a single population minimizes non-genetic factors.
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