01/07/2014 07:16 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Racism May Speed Up Aging In African-American Men

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Researchers at the University of Maryland reported today that racism appears to speed aging in cells. In a first-ever study of its type, researchers found that African American men who reported experiencing negative effects from racial discrimination have shorter telomeres, the DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes that are considered biomarkers for biological aging.

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