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Medicine And The Media - More Good Than Harm

A major news service ran a medical story on July 15, 1998 headlined "Ear Crease Linked to Heart Disease in Blacks."

The story stemmed from a study of earlobe creases in 27 men with a history of heart attack and 16 men with no history of heart disease. All 43 men were African-American. Earlobe creases were found in 16 of the men with a history of heart attack and 3 of the men with no history of heart disease.

The news release states that the author noted that: "This is the first study to link this physical characteristic with coronary artery disease in African- Americans." This study was presented at an International Interdisciplinary Conference on Hypertension in Blacks held in Charleston, South Carolina.


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