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04 Mar
American Indians Face the Highest Odds for Stroke

American Indians Face the Highest Odds for Stroke

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- While strokes strike many Americans, a new study shows the risk is particularly high among American Indians.

Researchers already knew that American Indians had the highest risk of atrial fibrillation, which i...

04 Mar
U.S. Hispanics at High Heart Disease Risk and Many Go Untreated: Report

U.S. Hispanics at High Heart Disease Risk and Many Go Untreated: Report

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even after suffering a stroke, many Hispanic Americans still have uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions that raise their risk of a repeat one, a new study finds.

The study involved 40...

25 Feb
Why Is Liver Cancer More Lethal for Black Patients?

Why Is Liver Cancer More Lethal for Black Patients?

THURSDAY, Feb 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Black people with hepatitis C develop liver cancer sooner than people in other racial groups and the cancer is often more aggressive, but current screening guidelines may not be broad enough to catch these cases ear...

24 Feb
3D Mammograms Best at Spotting Tumors, But Many Black Women Missing Out

3D Mammograms Best at Spotting Tumors, But Many Black Women Missing Out

Access to potentially lifesaving 3D mammography isn't equal, new research shows.

"This study was about whether adoption of this technology is equitable. We're showing that it has not been, even though it has been [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]-approved for a decade ...

23 Feb
Lupus More Deadly for Asian and Hispanic Americans: Study

Lupus More Deadly for Asian and Hispanic Americans: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- More Asian and Hispanic people with lupus die prematurely than white patients, a new study reveals.

Death rates in San Francisco were nearly six times higher than expected among Hispanic patients with lupus an...

19 Feb
Communities of Color Struggling to Get Vaccines to Those in Need

Communities of Color Struggling to Get Vaccines to Those in Need

The greatest threat from COVID-19 has been for Black and Hispanic Americans, who are three times more likely to be hospitalized and about twice as likely to die from an infection with the novel coronavirus, compared with white people.

Now, street-level community groups a...

18 Feb
COVID-19 Caused U.S. Life Expectancy to Drop by 1 Full Year

COVID-19 Caused U.S. Life Expectancy to Drop by 1 Full Year

In a sign that the coronavirus pandemic is cutting short the lives of Americans, a new government report finds that average life expectancy in the United States took a drastic plunge during the first half of 2020, particularly among Black and Hispanic people.

Overall U.S...

17 Feb
1 in 3 Americans Delayed, Skipped Medical Care During Pandemic

1 in 3 Americans Delayed, Skipped Medical Care During Pandemic

If you've put off or skipped needed medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, you've got plenty of company.

More than a third of U.S. adults say they have delayed or gone without care either because they fear exposure to the virus or because health care services are har...

09 Feb
Specialist Care for Alzheimer's Is Tough to Find for Poorer, Rural Americans

Specialist Care for Alzheimer's Is Tough to Find for Poorer, Rural Americans

Although Alzheimer's disease is a devastating diagnosis that is better delivered earlier rather than later, new research suggests poor patients living in rural areas may not have access to the specialists who could spot the first signs of memory declines.

The team from V...

03 Feb
Segregation, Poverty Tied to Worse Outcomes for Black Lung Cancer Patients

Segregation, Poverty Tied to Worse Outcomes for Black Lung Cancer Patients

Racial segregation may help explain why Black Americans with lung cancer do more poorly than their white counterparts, a new study suggests.

For years, U.S. studies have documented racial disparities in lung cancer. Black Americans are less likely to receive surgery for ...

02 Feb
Why Do Black Children Get Fewer Scans When They're Seen in ERs?

Why Do Black Children Get Fewer Scans When They're Seen in ERs?

Black and Hispanic children who land in the emergency room are less likely than white kids to receive X-rays, CT scans and other imaging tests, a new study finds.

Looking at more than 13 million ER visits to U.S. children's hospitals, researchers found that white childre...

02 Feb
Too Many U.S. Doctors Biased Against Patients With Disabilities: Study

Too Many U.S. Doctors Biased Against Patients With Disabilities: Study

Dr. Lisa Iezzoni is all too familiar with the discrimination that patients who have a disability can face: Having lived with multiple sclerosis for more than four decades and now in a wheelchair, she has also studied health care experiences and outcomes for people with disabil...

19 Jan
Health Care After COVID: Racial Disparities Laid Bare

Health Care After COVID: Racial Disparities Laid Bare

Deidre Johnson spends her days leading a center that provides resources to help Black people in her community overcome health disparities and other societal challenges.

She understands the impact this can have. As a mother of two and a Black woman, Johnson faced dis...

15 Jan
Program Helps Low-Income Women Get Needed Mammograms

Program Helps Low-Income Women Get Needed Mammograms

Giving low-income women mammograms when they're hospitalized can boost their breast cancer screening rates, according to a new study.

Getting cancer screening tests can be challenging for low-income women due to factors such as a lack of transportation and not being able...

14 Jan
Many Americans Don't See Links Between Racism,  Health Outcomes: Poll

Many Americans Don't See Links Between Racism,  Health Outcomes: Poll

Many Americans most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic don't believe that racism is associated with poorer health, a nationwide poll shows.

The ongoing poll of more than 4,000 lower- and middle-income Americans focuses on communities of color.

"It really struck us t...

12 Jan
Crowdsourcing Raises Billions for Families Hit Hard by Medical Bills

Crowdsourcing Raises Billions for Families Hit Hard by Medical Bills

You have probably seen the social media posts: Your good friend's co-worker is raising money online to help pay for cancer treatments or another friend needs funds to pay medical bills after a car crash.

Crowdsourced fundraising seems to, at least partly, fill a gap bet...

08 Jan
Black Patients at Higher Risk When Type 1 Diabetes and COVID Combine

Black Patients at Higher Risk When Type 1 Diabetes and COVID Combine

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted health care disparities in the United States, but a new study puts that issue into sharper focus, finding that Black and Hispanic people with type 1 diabetes who get COVID-19 are much more likely to have serious complications or die.

06 Jan
Moves, Evictions Often Trigger Harmful Breaks in Health Care: Study

Moves, Evictions Often Trigger Harmful Breaks in Health Care: Study

Research brings grim findings for these economically tough times: People who must move because they can't make the rent often miss out on needed medical care.

The study, of over 146,000 California residents, found a connection between unaffordable housing and health care...

06 Jan
Some Americans Can't Access Telemedicine, Study Shows

Some Americans Can't Access Telemedicine, Study Shows

Telemedicine rapidly expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic as people turned to their phones and computers rather than leave their homes for health care.

But some groups of people were left behind in the telemedicine boom, a new study reports.

Middle-aged and older ...

31 Dec
Even Rich Americans Don't Get World-Class Health Care: Study

Even Rich Americans Don't Get World-Class Health Care: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2020 -- Even the most privileged people in the United States with the best access to health care are sicker and more likely to die than average folks in other developed nations, a new study finds.

People living in the highest-income counties in the Uni...

29 Dec
Neurologists Much Tougher to Find in Rural America

Neurologists Much Tougher to Find in Rural America

A shortage of neurologists in rural parts of the United States means that people in those areas are less likely to receive specialized care for conditions such as stroke, dementia and back pain, a new study claims.

"Neurologists in the United States are not evenly spread...

21 Dec
Women Less Likely to Survive Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Women Less Likely to Survive Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Women who are resuscitated from cardiac arrest are less likely to receive two common treatments once they arrive at the hospital, and are much more likely to die while hospitalized than men, a new study finds.

The researchers analyzed data gathered on nearly 4,900 resusc...

17 Dec
Pandemic Tied to Higher Suicide Rate in Blacks, Lowered Rate in Whites: Study

Pandemic Tied to Higher Suicide Rate in Blacks, Lowered Rate in Whites: Study

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated racial divides in health care in numerous ways, and a new study reveals yet another: Suicides among Black people doubled during COVID-19 lockdowns, while suicides in white individuals were cut in half during the same period.

"In p...

16 Dec
COVID Vaccine Won't Reach All the World's People Until 2022: Study

COVID Vaccine Won't Reach All the World's People Until 2022: Study

Amid hopes stirred by the recent rollout of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, a new study warns that shots may not be available to nearly one-quarter of the world's people until 2022.

A second study estimates that 3.7 billion adults worldwide are willing...

11 Dec
Why Do Black Patients Fare Worse With Blood Cancer Than Whites?

Why Do Black Patients Fare Worse With Blood Cancer Than Whites?

A pair of studies shed new light on why a relatively rare blood cancer — acute myeloid leukemia (AML) — is more deadly among Black patients.

The takeaways: Where patients live and their access to quality health care matter. And even when Black people with AML have th...

08 Dec
Post-Op Deaths Decline for Cancer Patients, But Blacks Still More Vulnerable

Post-Op Deaths Decline for Cancer Patients, But Blacks Still More Vulnerable

Fewer U.S. patients are dying after cancer surgery, but Black patients still have a higher risk than white patients, new research shows.

For the study, researchers analyzed Medicare data on nearly 871,000 cancer surgeries conducted from 2007 to 2016 on patients with nine...

03 Dec
Americans With Asthma Get First Updated Guidelines in Over a Decade

Americans With Asthma Get First Updated Guidelines in Over a Decade

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has updated guidelines for treating asthma.

The update is the first in 13 years and takes into account new medications and other advances in asthma care. It focuses on treatment tailored for different age groups and severity of dise...

02 Dec
Relief for America's Unemployed Could Be Crucial for Health

Relief for America's Unemployed Could Be Crucial for Health

Americans who lost their jobs this year due to the coronavirus pandemic have remained healthier and more secure thanks to expanded unemployment insurance, a new study reports.

Struggling folks who received benefits reported that they were less likely to go hungry, miss a...

25 Nov
Black Cancer Survivors Often Face Added Challenges: Study

Black Cancer Survivors Often Face Added Challenges: Study

Social and financial struggles are common among Black American cancer survivors and take a heavy toll on their health-related quality of life, according to a new study.

Health-related quality of life among cancer survivors -- how a person perceives their mental, physical...

25 Nov
Obamacare Boosts Colon Cancer Diagnosis, Care: Study

Obamacare Boosts Colon Cancer Diagnosis, Care: Study

Colon cancer treatment for low-income Americans has improved with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a new study says.

That includes earlier diagnosis, increased access to treatment and better surgical care, according to the researchers.

They compare...

23 Nov
Black Americans Suffer More From Heart Disease: The AHA Wants to Change That

Black Americans Suffer More From Heart Disease: The AHA Wants to Change That

The Black Lives Matter movement put racism in the United States under the glare of the public spotlight in 2020. And at its recently concluded annual meeting, the American Heart Association pledged to fight racial disparities in heart health and boost the life expectancy of al...

23 Nov
Blacks, Hispanics Account for More Than Half of COVID Deaths: Study

Blacks, Hispanics Account for More Than Half of COVID Deaths: Study

Black and Hispanic Americans accounted for more than half of all hospitalized COVID-19 patient deaths in the United States in the early stages of the pandemic, and the hospitals where they were treated may be a factor, researchers say.

For the study, the investigators an...

16 Nov
Fewer ER Visits for Asthma Crises After Obamacare: Study

Fewer ER Visits for Asthma Crises After Obamacare: Study

Ambulances made fewer trips transporting patients with asthma emergencies in New York City after the Affordable Care Act went into effect, new research shows.

The likely reason for the decline: Patients had greater access to outpatient management of their condition, the ...

13 Nov
Black Patients Get Worse Care After Cardiac Arrest

Black Patients Get Worse Care After Cardiac Arrest

Minority patients who suffer life-threatening cardiac arrest may get fewer treatments in the hospital -- and face a grimmer outlook -- than white patients, a new, preliminary study suggests.

The findings add to a large body of research finding racial disparities in U.S. ...

06 Nov
If Elected, Joe Biden Has Big Plans for Health Care

If Elected, Joe Biden Has Big Plans for Health Care

If Joe Biden becomes the next president, he would have clear and ambitious plans for the nation's health -- expanding the Affordable Care Act, empowering public health agencies to deal with COVID-19, and passing a stimulus bill that would support struggling doctors, hospitals ...

04 Nov
Telemedicine Out of Reach for Those Who Can't Get Online

Telemedicine Out of Reach for Those Who Can't Get Online

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the United States, many people changed the way they live: As shopping, education and work shifted online, so did routine health care appointments.

However, while telemedicine seemed to make it easy to check in with a primary car...

04 Nov
Obamacare Boosted Health of Poor Women Before, After Pregnancy

Obamacare Boosted Health of Poor Women Before, After Pregnancy

The health of low-income women before they become pregnant has improved in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), researchers report.

The time before a woman becomes pregnant is critical for her health and that of her infant, but many poor wom...

23 Oct
Poverty Might Raise Black Kids' Health Risks as Early as Age 5

Poverty Might Raise Black Kids' Health Risks as Early as Age 5

Kids growing up in poverty show the effects of being poor as early as age 5 -- especially those who are Black, a new study suggests.

The research adds to mounting evidence that children of Black parents who are also poor face greater health inequities than whites. <...

22 Oct
Repeal of Obamacare Could Leave Young Cancer Patients in the Lurch

Repeal of Obamacare Could Leave Young Cancer Patients in the Lurch

If Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is repealed, pediatric cancer patients could lose critical insurance coverage, a new study warns.

Kids with cancer often require intensive treatment and long-term follow-up to beat the disease. The ACA allows them to st...

13 Oct
Health Coverage Takes Big Hit With Pandemic-Related Job Cuts

Health Coverage Takes Big Hit With Pandemic-Related Job Cuts

Up to 7.7 million U.S. workers lost jobs with employer-sponsored health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic, and 6.9 million of their dependents also lost coverage, a new study finds.

Workers in manufacturing, retail, accommodation and food services were especi...

08 Oct
Pediatricians' Group Tackles Racism in Health Care

Pediatricians' Group Tackles Racism in Health Care

As the struggle against racism continues to simmer across the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics took a hard look at racial gaps in health care for children during its recent annual meeting.

"We know racism is a social determinant of health, and it's a...

04 Oct
Do Minority Kids Face More Danger During Surgeries?

Do Minority Kids Face More Danger During Surgeries?

Black children are more than twice as likely as white kids to die from surgical complications, and minority children are about half as likely to even have surgery as white children, two new studies show.

In one study, researchers found that of nearly 277,000 children...

01 Oct
Alcohol-Linked Deaths Rise Sharply in Rural America

Alcohol-Linked Deaths Rise Sharply in Rural America

In rural America, drinking has become particularly deadly for many, a new government report shows.

Deaths related to alcohol use in those regions rose 43% between 2006 and 2018, health officials reported.

Over that time, the rate of deaths went from 11...

01 Oct
COVID-19 Patients Have Similar Survival When Hospitalized, Regardless of Race

COVID-19 Patients Have Similar Survival When Hospitalized, Regardless of Race

Revealing some good news for minorities, a new study found similar survival rates for Hispanic, Black and white COVID-19 patients at a New York City hospital system.

"It is well-documented that communities of color have shouldered the heaviest burden of COVID-19 in t...

25 Sep
Breast Cancer Treatment Comes Later, Lasts Longer for Black Women

Breast Cancer Treatment Comes Later, Lasts Longer for Black Women

Among breast cancer patients in the United States, Black women are more likely to start treatment later and to have a longer treatment period than white women, new research shows.

For the study, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed ...

18 Sep
Getting a Hip Replacement? Choice of Hospital Can Be Crucial

Getting a Hip Replacement? Choice of Hospital Can Be Crucial

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a spotlight on disparities in the U.S. health care system. But the issues are longstanding, and -- as one large study illustrates -- extend into a common elective surgery.

Researchers found that when hip replacement surgery is done at...

11 Sep
Is Rural Appalachia a Hotspot for Alzheimer's?

Is Rural Appalachia a Hotspot for Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's disease is more common in rural Appalachian areas of Ohio than in other rural parts of the state, new research shows.

For the study, the investigators analyzed 11 years of Medicare data, ending in 2017, and found that Alzheimer's rates were 2% to 3...

06 Aug
U.S. Women More Likely to Skip Meds Than Men, Study Finds

U.S. Women More Likely to Skip Meds Than Men, Study Finds

In the United States, many women with chronic medical conditions aren't filling prescriptions or are trying to make their medications last longer due to the cost, a new study finds.

Not filling prescriptions, skipping doses, delaying refills or splitting pills may p...

03 Aug
Nearly a Third of Young Black Americans Have High Blood Pressure

Nearly a Third of Young Black Americans Have High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is often seen as a condition of old age, but a new study finds that it's common among young Americans -- especially young Black adults.

The study, of 18- to 44-year-olds in the United States, found that high blood pressure was prevalent across all...

20 Jul
Black Kids Face Higher Odds of Post-Op Complications Than White Kids

Black Kids Face Higher Odds of Post-Op Complications Than White Kids

When healthy kids have surgery, serious complications are uncommon. But even in that low-risk scenario, Black children fare worse, a new study finds.

Looking at more than 172,000 U.S. children who had inpatient surgery, researchers found that Black kids faced higher ...

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