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19 May

HealthDay Now: Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Mothers Hardest

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong will be joined by Stacey D. Stewart, the president & CEO of March of Dimes, and Dr. Chereena Walker, a hospitalist and mother of two from Missouri who experienced severe complications during her pregnancies. Stewart and Walker will discuss the risks that pregnant women — particularly women of color — face in the United States.

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24 May
Colon Cancer Death Rates Are Falling Among the Young — But Only for Whites

Colon Cancer Death Rates Are Falling Among the Young — But Only for Whites

TUESDAY, May 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Race and ethnicity matter when battling colon cancer, with young white patients facing notably better odds than Black, Hispanic or Asian patients, new research warns.

A look at colon cancer survival among Ameri...

23 May
U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.
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19 May
Good News, Bad News on Black Americans and Cancer

Good News, Bad News on Black Americans and Cancer

A new report on how Black Americans are faring against cancer offers up a decidedly mixed picture.

The risk that a Black man or woman in America will die from cancer has steadily declined over the last two decades, the

16 May
Hispanics Wait Half-Hour Longer in ER When Chest Pain Strikes

Hispanics Wait Half-Hour Longer in ER When Chest Pain Strikes

When Hispanic Americans arrive in the emergency room with chest pain, they have to wait longer for care than other people with the same symptoms, a preliminary study finds.

Chest pain, a potential sign of heart attack, is one of the leading reasons people end up in an ER...

16 May
Why Emphysema May Often Be Missed in Black Men

Why Emphysema May Often Be Missed in Black Men

Emphysema is missed more often in Black Americans than in white Americans, and now researchers report they have figured out why.

The investigators found that many Black men who were considered to have normal results after race-specific interpretations of a common lung fu...

13 May
Is Telemedicine Closing the 'Race Gap' in Primary Care?

Is Telemedicine Closing the 'Race Gap' in Primary Care?

Here's one way in which the pandemic did not exacerbate health care disparities: A new study shows that telemedicine has closed the gap in access to prim...

12 May
Depression, Anxiety Hit Minorities Hardest During Pandemic

Depression, Anxiety Hit Minorities Hardest During Pandemic

Americans' rates of depression and anxiety spiked during the first year of the pandemic, but the increases were much more pronounced among Black, Hispanic and Asian people than among white people, new research shows.

From April 2020 to April 2021, the overall incidence o...

10 May
Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study warns.

"This is the first time we've been able ...

09 May
It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

Mental health has become a hot topic during the pandemic, but some groups have been burdened by having too few services available even before the challenges of these past two years.

A new study found that while the Hispanic population in the United States grew by almost ...

06 May
Uterine Cancer Rates Have Been Rising, and New Study Suggests Why

Uterine Cancer Rates Have Been Rising, and New Study Suggests Why

Uterine cancer deaths have been increasing in the United States, particularly among Black women. Now, research appears to pinpoint a cause.

A rare but aggressive type of cancer known as Type 2 endometria...

04 May
Women, Black Patients Wait Longer in ERs When Chest Pain Strikes

Women, Black Patients Wait Longer in ERs When Chest Pain Strikes

Women and people of color with chest pain — the most common symptom signaling a heart attack — face longer waits in U.S. emergency departments than men and white people do, new research reveals...

04 May
Bans on Affirmative Action Led to Fewer Black, Hispanic Doctors

Bans on Affirmative Action Led to Fewer Black, Hispanic Doctors

State bans on affirmative action have prompted a precipitous decline in the number of U.S. medical students from racial/ethnic minority groups, a new study finds.

"We know that a more divers...

03 May
Black Patients With A-Fib Less Likely to Get Blood Thinners

Black Patients With A-Fib Less Likely to Get Blood Thinners

Patients with atrial fibrillation usually receive blood thinners to reduce their stroke risk, but these drugs are under-prescribed to Black Americans, a new study reveals.

When they leave the hospital, Black patients are 25% less likely than whites to be prescribed

02 May
Black Patients Less Likely to Get High-Tech Prostate Cancer Therapy

Black Patients Less Likely to Get High-Tech Prostate Cancer Therapy

Use of a high-tech radiation cancer treatment called proton beam therapy (P...

02 May
Does Race Affect the Odds of Developing MS?

Does Race Affect the Odds of Developing MS?

Black Americans are as likely to get multiple sclerosis (MS) as their white counterparts, but rates are much lower among Hispanic and Asian Americans, new research shows.

The findings refute the long-held belief that MS is rare in Black people, according to the study aut...

28 Apr
Race, Income Can Be Roadblocks to Recovery From Depression

Race, Income Can Be Roadblocks to Recovery From Depression

If you're battling depression, the success of your treatment might be affected by your race, income, job status and education, a new study says.

"If you're going home to a wealthy neighborhood with highly educated parents or spouse, then you're arguably in a much better ...

25 Apr
White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

After childbirth, some women who received an epidural for pain will develop a debilitating headache. But minority women are less likely than white moms to receive the treatment that can provide relief, according to a new study.

Researchers also found that even when women...

25 Apr
Among Minority Women, Low Vitamin D May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Among Minority Women, Low Vitamin D May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Insufficient vitamin D may play a role in breast cancer, especially among minority women, new research indicates.

Black and Hispanic American women with low vitamin D levels have...

22 Apr
Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Seniors, Black Patients Reaches Alarming Levels

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Seniors, Black Patients Reaches Alarming Levels

The majority of antibiotic prescriptions for U.S. seniors and Black and Hispanic Americans are inappropriate, a new report reveals.

For the study, researchers analyzed federal government data on more than 7 billion outpatient visits to doctors' offices, hospital clinics ...

20 Apr
Race Plays Huge Role in Dementia Risk

Race Plays Huge Role in Dementia Risk

Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans have an increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia as they age -- for reasons that are not entirely understood, a large new study finds.

The study, of nearly 1.9 million older U.S. veterans, found that compared with their white co...

18 Apr
School Segregation Tied to Problem Drinking Among Black Youth

School Segregation Tied to Problem Drinking Among Black Youth

School segregation may sound like a relic from the past, but it has actually been increasing in the United States for years. Now a new study shows that has come with health consequences for Black children.

Researchers found that in school districts with greater segregati...

13 Apr
Black Patients Less Likely to Get Into Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials

Black Patients Less Likely to Get Into Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials

Black Americans are far less likely to be included in clinical trials of pancreatic cancer drugs than white Americans, and eligibility criteria are a significant factor in that gap, according to a new study.

"The standard of care in cancer treatment is informed by studie...

11 Apr
Black Cancer Patients Frailer Than Their Peers

Black Cancer Patients Frailer Than Their Peers

Older Black American cancer patients have higher rates of frailty and disability than their white peers, which may help explain why Black patients also have higher cancer death rates, new research suggests.

The researchers noted that Black patients are more likely to die...

07 Apr
U.S. Medical Schools' Faculty Still Lack Diversity: Study

U.S. Medical Schools' Faculty Still Lack Diversity: Study

U.S. medical schools are not keeping pace with a nation that is more racially and ethnically diverse every day, a new study reports.

The schools' clinical faculty and leadership are not as diverse as

28 Mar
Black, Hispanic Americans Less Likely to Get Bystander CPR

Black, Hispanic Americans Less Likely to Get Bystander CPR

If you collapse in a public place from a cardiac arrest, your chances of receiving lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are substantially better if you're white inste...

24 Mar
Black Patients Less Happy With Care After Knee, Hip Replacement

Black Patients Less Happy With Care After Knee, Hip Replacement

Recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery can be tough for anyone, but a new study from one hospital showed that Black patients were less likely than white patients to be satis...

18 Mar
Diversity Still Elusive in America's Medical Schools

Diversity Still Elusive in America's Medical Schools

U.S. medical schools have a disproportionate number of wealthy students, which hinders attempts to improve diversity among U.S. docto...

08 Mar
Good End-of-Life Care Out of Reach for Many Black Nursing Home Residents

Good End-of-Life Care Out of Reach for Many Black Nursing Home Residents

Palliative care can be a godsend in the final days of one's life, but new research shows that Black and Hispanic nursing home residents are far less likely to receive it than their white peers are.

Overall, nursing homes in the Northeast provided the most

07 Mar
Black Americans Now More Likely to Die of Drug Overdoses Than Whites

Black Americans Now More Likely to Die of Drug Overdoses Than Whites

For two decades, the death rate from opioid overdoses was higher among white Americans than Black Americans. But that changed in 2020, signaling an end to the notion that the overdose crisis is a "white problem."

Using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...

28 Feb
Racism in Youth Leaves Black Women With  Lasting Risk of Depression

Racism in Youth Leaves Black Women With  Lasting Risk of Depression

Black women who often encountered racism before age 20 have an increased risk of depression, new research shows.

Of the 1,600 Black women in Detroit, aged 25 to 35, who took part in th...

24 Jan
COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Falling Faster Among Black Americans Than Whites

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Falling Faster Among Black Americans Than Whites

While it appears that Black Americans were more hesitant than white Americans to roll up their sleeves when the COVID-19 vaccines launched last year, that unwillingness has lessened.

Following 1,200 U.S. adults through much of the pandemic, researchers found Black people...

19 Jan
VA Study Shows Black Men Twice as Likely to Develop Prostate Cancer as Whites

VA Study Shows Black Men Twice as Likely to Develop Prostate Cancer as Whites

Even in a setting where white and Black people have equal access to medical care, Black Americans fare worse than whites in terms of prostate cancer, new research shows.

A review of nearly 8 million men seen at America's Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals found that Black v...

05 Jan
Deaths Linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnant Women Are Soaring

Deaths Linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnant Women Are Soaring

The number of American women with chronic high blood pressure who are dying during and after pregnancy is up sharply, a new study warns.

Of 155 million births in the United States between 1979 and 2018, more than 3,200 mothers died of high blood pressure-related causes--...

03 Jan
Black Men Get Better Outcomes From Radiation Rx for Prostate Cancer

Black Men Get Better Outcomes From Radiation Rx for Prostate Cancer

A new analysis uncovers a racial paradox in prostate cancer care: While Black men are often diagnosed later and with more aggressive disease than white men, radiation therapy seems to work better for them than for their white peers.

To come to that conclusion, resea...

28 Dec
Prison Time Shortens Life Spans for Black Americans, But Not Whites

Prison Time Shortens Life Spans for Black Americans, But Not Whites

A stint behind bars can significantly shorten the life expectancy of Black Americans, but not their white counterparts, new research has found.

Black Americans who have spent time in jail or prison are 65% more likely to die prematurely, even if it's been years since the...

22 Dec
Who's Dying Young in U.S. From Heart Attacks?

Who's Dying Young in U.S. From Heart Attacks?

Fewer Americans are dying prematurely from heart attack compared with years ago, but progress has stalled out in the past decade, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers examined 20 years of data on heart attack deaths among Americans under 65 -- deaths that a...

15 Dec
Across the U.S., Black Americans Breathe in Dirtier Air

Across the U.S., Black Americans Breathe in Dirtier Air

Is air pollution a bigger health threat to minorities?

Apparently so, claims a new U.S. study that finds while air pollution levels have fallen in recent decades, people of color still have more exposure to dirty air than white Americans do.

14 Dec
Pandemic-Linked Rise in Crime Hit America's Poor Neighborhoods Hardest

Pandemic-Linked Rise in Crime Hit America's Poor Neighborhoods Hardest

Poor neighborhoods of color bore the brunt of a surge in violent crime in U.S. cities early in the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.

"This study adds to the mounting body of...

08 Dec
Gastro Symptoms of Menopause May Vary by Race

Gastro Symptoms of Menopause May Vary by Race

When a woman's periods begin to slow down and finally stop, digestive problems often pick up -- and new research suggests race and ethnicity play a role.

With menopause, levels of estrogen decrease, while cortisol levels increase, triggering an adrenaline boost that chan...

07 Dec
Black Women Have Triple the Odds for Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery

Black Women Have Triple the Odds for Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery

A condition called lymphedema is a well-known side effect of breast cancer treatment that can lead to swelling in the arms and legs.

New research suggests that Black women experience are at more than three times the risk of this painful issue compared to white women.

03 Dec
Black Americans Less Likely to Lose Hearing as They Age

Black Americans Less Likely to Lose Hearing as They Age

Older Black Americans are much more likely to have good hearing than white Americans, and the difference is especially notable among men, a new study shows.

“We found that among males, non-Hispanic Black Americans have a prevalence of hearing loss that is similar to no...

02 Dec
Biden's New HIV/AIDS Strategy Calls Racism a Roadblock to Victory

Biden's New HIV/AIDS Strategy Calls Racism a Roadblock to Victory

Racism is "a public health threat" that must be tackled to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Biden administration said Wednesday in announcing its new strategy to fight the disease.

Over generations, “structural inequities have resulted in racial and ethnic health ...

01 Dec
HIV Rates Fall Among Gay White Americans, But Not Minorities

HIV Rates Fall Among Gay White Americans, But Not Minorities

Some progress has been made in the U.S. fight against HIV, with new infections falling among white gay and bisexual men over the past decade. But their Black and Hispanic counterparts did not see that advance, health officials say.

The continuing inequities show up in a ...

30 Nov
Clinical Trials Are Becoming More Diverse, But There's Still Work To Do

Clinical Trials Are Becoming More Diverse, But There's Still Work To Do

U.S. cancer clinical trial participants have become more diverse in makeup, but certain groups remain underrepresented, a new study finds.

It's important to have a wide range of participants in clinical trials, to find out if treatments are safe and effective for people ...

18 Nov
Neurologists' Group Issues Guidance to Families on Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

Neurologists' Group Issues Guidance to Families on Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

Neurologists must make sure Alzheimer's patients and their families understand that the controversial drug aducanumab does not restore mental function, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in new position statement that includes ethical guidelines.

"Aducanumab is...

18 Nov
Across America, Black People Have Worse Health Outcomes

Across America, Black People Have Worse Health Outcomes

Race-based gaps in health care and health outcomes persist in every region of the United States, a new state-by-state report card shows.

Racial and ethnic disparities woven throughout America and its system of health care mean that people of color are more likely to die ...

16 Nov
Lung Cancer Survival Continues to Improve, But Not for All

Lung Cancer Survival Continues to Improve, But Not for All

Lung cancer survival rates in the United States continue to rise, but certain racial groups are still hit hard by the disease, the American Lung Association reports.

Its fourth annual "State of Lung Cancer" report shows that the average five-year survival rate increased ...

10 Nov
U.S. Sees Decline in Sepsis Deaths, But Some Americans More Vulnerable

U.S. Sees Decline in Sepsis Deaths, But Some Americans More Vulnerable

While deaths from sepsis have dropped in the United States since 2000, older Americans remain particularly susceptible to the life-threatening bacterial infection, new government data shows.

Sepsis strikes roughly 2 million people each year and is the cause of one in thr...

10 Nov
Hospitalizations for Spikes in Blood Pressure Are on the Rise

Hospitalizations for Spikes in Blood Pressure Are on the Rise

Despite a nationwide effort to control blood pressure, the number of seniors hospitalized for a sudden, sharp rise in blood pressure surged over the last two decades in the United States.

The largest increase was among Black Americans, with the highest rates in the South...

10 Nov
Black Men Less Likely to Get Follow-Up MRI When Test Suggests Prostate Cancer

Black Men Less Likely to Get Follow-Up MRI When Test Suggests Prostate Cancer

Black, Hispanic and Asian men in the United States are less likely than white men to receive a follow-up MRI after a screening suggests prostate cancer, a new study finds.

"We can't say definitively if the reason Black, Hispanic, and Asian men did not receive this partic...

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