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Obama’s Spends $712K To Study Ethnic Pain Differences

By JAVIER MANJARRES

RecoveryGovIn scanning through President Obama’s 2009 Recovery Act, we found another nugget of government waste, this courtesy of the University of Florida in Gainesville. The Department of  Health and Human Resources funded the University with $712,744 to study whether black people had different pain tolerances than “non-Hispanic whites,” suffering from the same knee osteoarthritis.

 According to the overview of the program titled, “Ethnic Differences in Responses to Pain Stimuli” that is found at the Recovery Act website, the proposal for the study is to “characterize ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity, endogenous pain inhibition, clinical pain and pain-related disability among older African Americans and non-Hispanic whites with knee osteoarthritis.”

 It has been demonstrated that people in general have different levels of pain tolerance, but to fund a study to “determine ethnic group differences in biological, psychological and sociocultural factors” regarding “pain sensitivity” is just another example of more wasteful government spending courtesy of President Obama. Oh by the way, not one job was created with this program.


 Here is what is stated in the Recovery Act for project R01 AG033906-

 In our currently funded project (R01 AG033906), we propose to:

 1) characterize ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity, endogenous pain inhibition, clinical pain and pain-related disability among older African Americans and non-Hispanic whites with knee osteoarthritis (OA);

 2) to determine ethnic group differences in biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors and their contribution to pain sensitivity, pain inhibition, and clinical pain and disability among older African Americans and non-Hispanic whites with knee OA; and

  3) to determine whether the combination of laboratory measures of pain sensitivity and pain inhibition along with biological, psychological and sociocultural factors mediate ethnic group differences in clinical pain and pain-related disability among older African Americans and non-Hispanic whites -Recovery Act

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  • http://sherriemcknight.com Sherrie McKnight

    Thank you Javier for all that you do!!! I appreciate your reporting!! I hate reading the reports but we need to spread the word and WAKE UP more people to the insanity happening all around us!!

  • Nancy Celano

    This sounds like a Nazi experiment to me—and racist!!!!

  • sicandtired

    Cloward & Piven at work again.

  • Gerry

    The headline is badly misleading. Such awards are decided on at a very low level of the National Institutes of Health. Similar studies were funded under Bush and other Republican presidents. You can fault Obama for allkibnds of things, but this is stretching it too much. It’s also not an indictment of big government . This response is not a judgment of whether this study should be funded, but I can see some opportunities for medical purposes such as different treatments (as there are race differences in some areas such as sickle cell anemia).

    • R

      Gerry: “some opportunities for medical purposes” Or for torture!

  • http://billzilla William Koontz

    Ethnic pain is: The government trying to divide us instead of uniting us as citizens of the UNITED States!

  • Florida Jim

    Obama doesn’t care about America’s financial standing spend, spend, spend is his mantra he has never had to budget and be a responsible citizen someone else always did the day to day work. Tax dollars are monopoly money to Obama.

  • DockyWocky

    “Its only other people’s money…” — Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama

  • sicandtired

    Obama, happily presiding over the decline of America.

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  • Susan Benton

    Yes, such studies were funded under other presidents – but they should not have been. The 10th Amendment says that everything NOT in the Constitution is delegated to the states and the individuals. SO NO to funding of HEALTH, EDUCATION, WELFARE, HOUSING, ARTS, FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS (unless we are getting something in return, maybe a base or useful technology),ETC., ETC., ETC.

    This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL