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Former Penn State CB Announces Major Transfer Destination

first_imgPenn State players locking arms.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 08: Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate after the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium on October 8, 2016 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Cornerback Zech McPhearson is one of several players who left the Penn State program this off-season. Now, McPhearson has a new home.The former four-star recruit is Texas Tech-bound, he announced on Twitter Tuesday. McPhearson will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer and have two years of eligibility remaining.After redshirting in 2016, McPhearson appeared in 24 games over the last two seasons for the Nittany Lions. For his career at PSU, McPhearson made 16 tackles, broke up three passes and recovered a fumble.He also had the opportunity to play with his older brother Josh, a running back, during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.“New chapter #GunsUp,” McPhearson wrote on Twitter.New Chapter👹 #GunsUp— Zech McPhearson (@ZMcphearson) April 16, 2019According to, new Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells coached McPhearson’s older brother at New Mexico in 2010, which provided a natural connection for the Red Raiders.Texas Tech is coming off a 5-7 season under former head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders last made a bowl two seasons ago and last had a winning campaign in 2015.last_img read more

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Racism toxic to human health

first_imgPeople 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 – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe 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 – Physical therapy better for low back painA 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. “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. For the study, researchers focused on a group of 71 subjects: two-thirds of them were African Americans; the others were white. In addition, 38 of the participants were positive for HIV. Their participation gave scientists a chance to study the effects of racism independently from the effects of the disease. The scientists extracted RNA from the participants’ cells and measured molecules that trigger inflammation, as well as those involved in antiviral responses. The team found higher levels of the inflammatory molecules in African American participants. The results found in the study also indicate that racism may account for as much as 50 per cent of the heightened inflammation among African Americans, including those who were positive for HIV. The scientists made sure that all the participants had similar socioeconomic background to account for financial stressors, which eliminated poverty as a potential factor for chronic inflammation among the people in the study. Individuals’ lifestyles can reduce the ill effects of some stressors, but racial discrimination is a chronic stressor that people have no control over.last_img read more

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