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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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04 Oct
U.S. Breast Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall

U.S. Breast Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall

Breast cancer researchers and clinicians have made tremendous progress in reducing death rates in the past three decades, yet a racial gap persists in the United States.

Even with the lower numbers of actual disease compared to white patients, Black women are still much...

04 Oct
Minority Patients Less Likely to Get Newer Alzheimer's Meds

Minority Patients Less Likely to Get Newer Alzheimer's Meds

While certain minority groups are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia than their white counterparts, they may also be less likely to be eligible for new disease-slowing treatments, a new study finds.

Cognitive, or mental, impairment in Black, Hispanic and Asian pa...

03 Oct
Alzheimer's Meds Are Mostly Tested in Whites. That Worries Black Patients, Caregivers

Alzheimer's Meds Are Mostly Tested in Whites. That Worries Black Patients, Caregivers

Larry Griner resigned from his job in California and moved back to his childhood home in Baltimore nearly five years ago so he could care for his mother, Norma.

She had been diagnosed with

30 Sep
Attending Church Might Lengthen Black Men's Lives

Attending Church Might Lengthen Black Men's Lives

Places of worship may provide respite for Black men that not only enhances their lives, but may extend them, new research suggests.

"Black men have been oppressed, commodified, surveilled and criminalized like no other group in U.S. history and they often experience disp...

15 Sep
U.S. Monkeypox Cases Decline, But Health Officials Worry About Reaching Minorities

U.S. Monkeypox Cases Decline, But Health Officials Worry About Reaching Minorities

Monkeypox cases continue to fall in the United States, but public health officials now are concerned that the virus is wending its way into communities of color.

New case numbers are down by ...

14 Sep
Deadly Form of High Cholesterol Can Catch Black Americans by Surprise

Deadly Form of High Cholesterol Can Catch Black Americans by Surprise

Chad Gradney underwent quadruple bypass open-heart surgery at age 27, and afterward spent eight fruitless years battling extremely high cholesterol levels.

Then in 2012 he found himself back in an emergency room, again suffering from chest pain.

"That's when I foun...

08 Sep
Forehead Thermometers May Miss Fevers in Black Patients

Forehead Thermometers May Miss Fevers in Black Patients

Thermometers that read body temperature via the forehead have become a common sight throughout the pandemic, but whether they always spot a fever may depend on the color of someone's skin.

In a new study, researchers found that, similar to problems seen with

06 Sep
Black Women Less Likely to Get Laparoscopic Fibroid Surgeries

Black Women Less Likely to Get Laparoscopic Fibroid Surgeries

Surgery for uterine fibroids can often be done through minimally invasive techniques that avoid a hospital stay. But Black and Hispanic women may be less likely to receive these treatments, a recent study finds.

06 Sep
More Diverse Pool of Blood Donors Needed to Help Sickle Cell Patients

More Diverse Pool of Blood Donors Needed to Help Sickle Cell Patients

A network that receives and supplies blood for transfusions nationwide is calling for more diverse blood donors.

Less than 20% of blood donations are from people of color, but those donations are essential. Frequently transfused patients often require blood from donors w...

29 Aug
Black Men Less Likely to Get Monkeypox Vaccine

Black Men Less Likely to Get Monkeypox Vaccine

Although there's now enough monkeypox vaccine to go around, the Americans who need it most still may not be g...

29 Aug
Hypertension in Pregnancy Is Getting More Common for Gen Z Women

Hypertension in Pregnancy Is Getting More Common for Gen Z Women

Gen Zers and millennials are about twice as likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy than women from the baby boom generation were, a new study finds. This includes conditions such as preeclampsia and gestational hypertension.

It's usually believed that the...

16 Aug
Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

It's well known that exposure to lead can harm young children's brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children.

The

15 Aug
U.S. Nursing Homes Are Understaffed, But Minority Communities Have It Worst

U.S. Nursing Homes Are Understaffed, But Minority Communities Have It Worst

Staffing shortages at nursing homes across the United States are severe in disadvantaged areas where needs may be greatest, researchers say.

The study — recently published in the

15 Aug
Unpaid Time Off Work Rose 50% During Pandemic

Unpaid Time Off Work Rose 50% During Pandemic

U.S. workers without paid leave lost out on an estimated $28 billion in wages during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.

The ...

04 Aug
Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

Numerous studies have found discrimination can hurt aspects of human health.

Now, new research adds to that the impact of discrimination on the youngest humans by linking discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and

03 Aug
Race Plays Role in How Soon Babies With Cystic Fibrosis Get Care

Race Plays Role in How Soon Babies With Cystic Fibrosis Get Care

Babies who are white appear to get diagnostic appointments for cystic fibrosis earlier than babies of several other races and ethnicities, new research shows.

This can cause gaps in care and outcomes.

While it is recommended that infants who have an initial positiv...

02 Aug
Black, Hispanic Patients Less Likely to Get Crucial Care After Heart Attack

Black, Hispanic Patients Less Likely to Get Crucial Care After Heart Attack

When they suffer a heart attack, Black and Hispanic patients in the United States receive subpar care compared with white patients, new research reveals.

The study of more than 87,000 insured

02 Aug
Experiences of Racism Tied to Worsening Memory, Thinking in Older Black Americans

Experiences of Racism Tied to Worsening Memory, Thinking in Older Black Americans

Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than others to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and ...

26 Jul
Black Patients More Likely to Lose Vision After Glaucoma Diagnosis

Black Patients More Likely to Lose Vision After Glaucoma Diagnosis

Black patients should start screening early for glaucoma, because they have a high risk of vision loss caused by elevated pressure levels inside the eye, researchers say.

A team from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai found that African heritage was an indepen...

22 Jul
Black Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Need Hospital Care

Black Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Need Hospital Care

Black residents in U.S. nursing homes are much more likely than white residents to be repeatedly transferred to hospital care, a new study reports.

Black nursing home residents are likely to be transferred to the hospital and back at least four times in a given year, acc...

20 Jul
Common Lung Function Test Often Misses Emphysema in Black Patients

Common Lung Function Test Often Misses Emphysema in Black Patients

The most common test of lung function, spirometry, probably is not detecting signs of emphysema in some people with the lung ailment, a new study says.

In particular, Black men are at greater risk of suffering from undiagnosed

19 Jul
Minority Students More Likely to Leave Medical School: Study

Minority Students More Likely to Leave Medical School: Study

Medical schools are doing a better job of

18 Jul
Neighborhood Drop in Violent Crime May Also Boost Heart Health

Neighborhood Drop in Violent Crime May Also Boost Heart Health

Every town wants low crime rates. But a new finding may offer a whole new reason to advocate for the change: Falling crime rates may lower heart disease fatalities.

An analysis of 2000-2014 data from Chicago illustrated a significant decline in violent crime. Across the ...

11 Jul
Common, Crucial Medical Device Often Gives Wrong Readings for Black Patients

Common, Crucial Medical Device Often Gives Wrong Readings for Black Patients

Early in the pandemic, scores of Americans bought pulse oximeters to help determine how sick they were while infected with COVID-19, but new research finds the devi...

07 Jul
An Aggressive Leukemia Is Much More Lethal for Black Patients Than Whites - Why?

An Aggressive Leukemia Is Much More Lethal for Black Patients Than Whites - Why?

Getting a blood cancer diagnosis is devastating for young people, but it is also far more deadly if the patient is Black, new research shows.

The new study, which looked at outcomes for patients with

05 Jul
Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Young Black, Hispanic Americans

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Young Black, Hispanic Americans

Vitamin D, the "Sunshine Vitamin," boosts the immune system and helps prevent cancer, among other health benefits, but a significant number of Black and Hispanic teens have low levels of this nutrient, according to a new study.

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29 Jun
Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

Even though Black people may be more likely to live near a hospital with a certified stroke center, those who need...

28 Jun
Why Do Black Women Have More Delays for Lifesaving Breast Biopsies?

Why Do Black Women Have More Delays for Lifesaving Breast Biopsies?

Women of color may face delays in getting a biopsy after a screening mammogram suggests they might have breast cancer, a large, new study finds.

Rese...

28 Jun
Which Americans Live Longest? Race, Region May Be Key

Which Americans Live Longest? Race, Region May Be Key

Americans' life expectancy varies widely -- based not only on race, but where in the country they live.

That's one of the overarching messages from a new study that looked, state by state,...

28 Jun
Your Doctor's Gender, Race May Bias Your Treatment Outcome

Your Doctor's Gender, Race May Bias Your Treatment Outcome

Deep-rooted bias may affect the way white patients physically respond to medical care provided by physicians of differing race or gender.

Researchers assessed treatment reactions of nearly 200 white patients after they were randomly assigned to receive care from a male o...

27 Jun
Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac Surgery

Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac Surgery

Medically supervised exercise programs can do heart patients a lot of good, but few people of color take part in them -- regardless of income, new research finds.

The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. patients, found that while all were eligible for

27 Jun
Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack Care

Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack Care

Despite improvements in treatment for heart attacks, care lags behind for women.

Women are still less likely to receive timely care, according to a new study that reviewed 45...

15 Jun
Kids' Access to Insulin Pumps: Race, Income Matters

Kids' Access to Insulin Pumps: Race, Income Matters

Overall use of insulin pumps among U.S. youngsters with type 1 diabetes has climbed in recent decades, but those who are poor or from minority groups are less likely to have the devices, a new study finds.

14 Jun
Life Span of Native Americans Fell by Almost 5 Years During Pandemic

Life Span of Native Americans Fell by Almost 5 Years During Pandemic

In yet another sign that the pandemic has exacerbated disparities in health care, researchers report that the life expectancy of Native Americans plummeted by nearly five years as the new coronavirus raged across the country.

The loss in

02 Jun
Race Matters in Stroke Survival, Study Finds

Race Matters in Stroke Survival, Study Finds

Racial disparities in health outcomes persist in the United States, with Black and Hispanic Americans more likely to die within a month after a bleeding stroke than white Americans, a new study shows.

"We've known that there are disparities in death from stroke among rac...

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

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 Americans younger than 50 turned up a glaring discrepancy: Surviva...

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.
...

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 endometrial cancer is more difficult to treat and was responsible for 20% of ...

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...

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