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10 May
Asthma Attacks Plummeted During Pandemic

Asthma Attacks Plummeted During Pandemic

Call it a silver lining of the pandemic: Asthma attacks fell sharply among Black and Hispanic Americans in the months after the coronavirus first surfaced.

The study included nearly 1,200 participants who provided information about their asthma through monthly online, ph...

07 May
Fear of Losing Health Insurance Keeps 1 in 6 U.S. Workers in Their Jobs

Fear of Losing Health Insurance Keeps 1 in 6 U.S. Workers in Their Jobs

Many American workers remain in jobs they'd rather leave -- simply because they don't want to lose their health insurance, a new Gallup poll reveals.

That's the situation for 16% of respondents in a nationwide poll of more than 3,800 adults conducted March 15-21.

T...

06 May
Heart Risk Factors Show Up Earlier in U.S. Black Women

Heart Risk Factors Show Up Earlier in U.S. Black Women

Young Black American women have high rates of lifestyle-related risk factors for heart disease, a new study indicates.

The findings show the need to help them adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits, as well as make it easier for them to access health care, th...

06 May
Race, Neighborhood Affects How Long You'll Live After Heart Attack

Race, Neighborhood Affects How Long You'll Live After Heart Attack

The risk of dying within five years of a heart attack is notably higher among poor Americans than their wealthier peers, but race also plays a role, a new study reveals.

While Black residents of poor neighborhoods appear to face a higher risk of death than their counterp...

06 May
When Black Americans Encounter Police Violence, High Anxiety Often Follows

When Black Americans Encounter Police Violence, High Anxiety Often Follows

A new survey confirms what many young Black Americans already know: They are vulnerable to anxiety disorders, particularly during contact with the police or in anticipation of police contact.

"I think it's important, given what's going on in society," said survey author ...

05 May
Most Top U.S. Surgeons Are White and That's Not Changing

Most Top U.S. Surgeons Are White and That's Not Changing

White people continue to dominate top surgery positions at U.S. universities, while the number of Black and Hispanic surgeons remains flat, a new study finds.

"There are a lot of talented surgeons of different races, ethnicities and genders who do wonderful work and are ...

04 May
Who's Most Likely to Join a Clinical Trial?

Who's Most Likely to Join a Clinical Trial?

Cancer patients most likely to sign up for clinical trials during their treatment include people of color, those with higher incomes and those who are younger, a new study finds.

"This study informs our understanding of who is participating in cancer clinical trials," sa...

04 May
1 in 3 Neighborhoods in Major U.S. Cities Is a 'Pharmacy Desert'

1 in 3 Neighborhoods in Major U.S. Cities Is a 'Pharmacy Desert'

One-third of neighborhoods in the 30 largest U.S. cities are "pharmacy deserts," and this is much more common in Black and Hispanic communities, a new study finds.

What's a 'pharmacy desert'? In general, in a neighborhood where most residents have cars, the study labele...

03 May
COVID Anxieties Still High for Americans: Poll

COVID Anxieties Still High for Americans: Poll

Americans' anxiety and concerns about COVID-19 remain high a year into the pandemic, and mental health effects of the health crisis are on the rise, a new survey shows.

Hispanic (73%) and Black Americans (76%) are more anxious about COVID-19 than white people (59%), acco...

03 May
Why U.S. Hispanics Got COVID at Higher Rates: Their Jobs

Why U.S. Hispanics Got COVID at Higher Rates: Their Jobs

Workplace exposure to the new coronavirus is a major reason for Hispanic Americans' disproportionately high COVID-19 death rate, a new study claims.

In 2020, Hispanics accounted for 19% of the U.S. population but nearly 41% of COVID-19 deaths, data from the U.S. Centers...

29 Apr
FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes, a move that the agency has tried before and one that public health experts and civil rights groups have pushed for years.

Menthol cigarettes have been marketed aggressively to Black A...

29 Apr
One Reason It's Hotter in Poorer Neighborhoods: Fewer Trees

One Reason It's Hotter in Poorer Neighborhoods: Fewer Trees

Poor neighborhoods in the United States have fewer trees and are hotter than richer neighborhoods, new research shows.

In the study, the researchers assessed tree cover in the 100 largest urban areas of the country.

In nine out of 10 communities, there was less tre...

28 Apr
When Cancer Strikes Those Under 40, Race Matters

When Cancer Strikes Those Under 40, Race Matters

Young Black and Hispanic cancer patients face poorer survival odds than their white counterparts, even from some cancers that are highly curable, a new study finds.

It's well known that the United States has long-standing racial disparities in cancer survival.

The...

23 Apr
Less Social Distancing in Areas With More Trump Supporters: Study

Less Social Distancing in Areas With More Trump Supporters: Study

Politics matter when it comes to Americans' health: A new study shows that lower-income Republicans are less likely to socially distance than others.

The data -- from more than 15 million cellphone users in more than 3,000 U.S. counties between March 2020 and January 202...

22 Apr
How 'Bleeding' Stroke Affects Brain May Depend on Your Race

How 'Bleeding' Stroke Affects Brain May Depend on Your Race

Black and Hispanic survivors of a bleeding stroke are more likely than white survivors to have changes in small blood vessels in the brain that increase the risk of another bleeding stroke, researchers say.

'Bleeding' strokes, also called hemorrhagic stroke, comprise abo...

21 Apr
Little Progress in Boosting Numbers of Black American Doctors

Little Progress in Boosting Numbers of Black American Doctors

The percentage of U.S. doctors who are Black has barely risen in the past 120 years, and there's still a wide pay gap between white and Black physicians, a new study finds.

The analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from 1900 to 2018 included about 150,000 physicians, with ...

20 Apr
High-Profile Police Brutality Cases Harm Black Americans' Mental Health: Study

High-Profile Police Brutality Cases Harm Black Americans' Mental Health: Study

As America awaits a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, new research finds that such high-profile police killings of Black people may take a big mental health toll on psyches across the country.

Researchers found that, on average, Black Americans reported an increase in ...

19 Apr
Common MS Meds Might Be Less Effective in Black Patients

Common MS Meds Might Be Less Effective in Black Patients

Black people experience more severe courses of multiple sclerosis (MS), and now new research suggests that drugs commonly used to treat this disease may not work as well or for as long in these folks.

"I was amazed," said study researcher Dr. Gregg Silverman, a professor...

19 Apr
L.A.'s Oil Wells Could Be Harming Citizens' Health

L.A.'s Oil Wells Could Be Harming Citizens' Health

The respiratory health risks among people who live near oil wells in Los Angeles are similar to the risks from daily exposure to secondhand smoke or living near a freeway, researchers say.

In a new study, they also found that people of color are disproportionately affect...

16 Apr
4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC

4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC

Four in 10 transgender women have HIV, which shows the urgent need to offer them more prevention and treatment services, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

In interviews with more than 1,600 transgender women in Atlanta, Los Angele...

15 Apr
AHA News: The Link Between Structural Racism, High Blood Pressure and Black People's Health

AHA News: The Link Between Structural Racism, High Blood Pressure and Black People's Health

High blood pressure. Structural racism.

What do they have in common?

Researchers say they are two of the biggest factors responsible for the gap in poor heart and brain health between Black and white adults in the United States. And they are inextricably linked.

15 Apr
COVID Plus 'Bleeding' Stroke Doubles a Patient's Death Risk

COVID Plus 'Bleeding' Stroke Doubles a Patient's Death Risk

'Bleeding' stroke patients with COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to die as those without COVID-19, new research shows.

For the study, a research team from the University of Utah analyzed data from 568 hospitals in the United States. They compared a control group of...

08 Apr
Black Women Are Dying of COVID at Much Higher Rates Than White Men

Black Women Are Dying of COVID at Much Higher Rates Than White Men

COVID-19 death rates are significantly higher among Black American women than among white men, according to a new study, suggesting that race is a factor in survival differences between men and women.

Researchers analyzed COVID death rates in Michigan and Georgia, the on...

08 Apr
Canada's Menthol Cigarette Ban Boosted Quit Rates: Would the Same Happen in U.S.?

Canada's Menthol Cigarette Ban Boosted Quit Rates: Would the Same Happen in U.S.?

Could banning menthol cigarettes be key to lowering smoking rates overall?

New research suggests it's possible, after finding that a ban on menthol cigarettes in Canada was linked to a large increase in the number of smokers who quit.

The impact of the menthol ban...

07 Apr
Jail Dims Hopes for Recovery for Young People With Mental Illness

Jail Dims Hopes for Recovery for Young People With Mental Illness

Being jailed puts teens with untreated psychiatric disorders at increased risk for long-term mental health struggles, researchers say.

"These are not necessarily bad kids, but they have many strikes against them," said study lead author Linda Teplin. "Physical abuse, sex...

07 Apr
Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

Americans' trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, an opinion poll finds.

Researchers polled more than 2,000 Americans in May 2020 and questioned most again five months later. Respondents were asked to rate...

06 Apr
Black Americans Often Face Discrimination in Health Care

Black Americans Often Face Discrimination in Health Care

Black Americans are much more likely to report discrimination or unfair judgment when seeking health care than whites or Hispanics, researchers report.

"Discrimination and unfair judgment in a health care setting can result in serious ramifications to health and have cum...

02 Apr
COVID Drove 23% Spike in U.S. Deaths In 2020

COVID Drove 23% Spike in U.S. Deaths In 2020

COVID-19 was the major cause of a nearly 23% increase in U.S. deaths during the last 10 months of 2020.

Researchers noted that the rate of excess deaths in the United States -- those above the number that would be expected based on averages from the previous five years -...

31 Mar
Too Few Minorities in U.S. Health Care Workforce: Report

Too Few Minorities in U.S. Health Care Workforce: Report

Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans are significantly underrepresented in U.S. health professions, with little indication that diversity will improve, a new study says.

In 2019, Black people made up about 12.1% of the U.S. workforce, but their representation in 10 hea...

30 Mar
Black Adults Face 4 Times the Odds for Stroke as Whites

Black Adults Face 4 Times the Odds for Stroke as Whites

Once Black Americans reach age 40, their blood pressure often begins a rapid climb, putting them at significantly higher risk of stroke than their white counterparts, a new study warns.

Middle-aged Black people have roughly four times the stroke risk faced by white Ameri...

30 Mar
Black Patients Often Treated at Hospitals With Poorer Safety Records: Report

Black Patients Often Treated at Hospitals With Poorer Safety Records: Report

Compared with white patients, Black adults are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to hospital safety in the United States, a new report warns.

Black patients are significantly less likely to gain access to "high-quality" hospitals, an Urban Institute analysis found...

30 Mar
Diabetes Is Deadlier for Black Americans: Study

Diabetes Is Deadlier for Black Americans: Study

Black people have higher diabetes death rates than white people in the 30 largest cities in the United States, a new study finds.

But placing a cap on the price of insulin could narrow that racial gap, according to researcher Joanna Buscemi, of DePaul University in Chica...

29 Mar
Why Are Half of U.S. Kids With Mental Health Issues Not Getting Treatment?

Why Are Half of U.S. Kids With Mental Health Issues Not Getting Treatment?

Over half of high-risk children in the United States are not receiving behavioral health services critical to their mental, emotional and physical well-being, new research warns.

"It's a pretty simple and kind of widely agreed upon finding that there are a lot of at-risk...

29 Mar
1 in 5 Colorado Teens Has Easy Access to a Gun: Study

1 in 5 Colorado Teens Has Easy Access to a Gun: Study

About 1 in 5 Colorado high school students has access to guns, according to new study from the Colorado School of Public Health.

The research -- published March 29 in the Journal of Pediatrics -- is being released after recent mass shootings in Atlanta and in Bo...

25 Mar
Gen X, Millennials in Worse Health Than Prior Generations at Same Age

Gen X, Millennials in Worse Health Than Prior Generations at Same Age

Medicine may have advanced by leaps and bounds over the last century, but Generation X and millennials are in worse health than their parents and grandparents were at their age.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at markers of physical and mental health acr...

19 Mar
High Vitamin D Levels May Help Prevent COVID-19, Especially in Black Patients

High Vitamin D Levels May Help Prevent COVID-19, Especially in Black Patients

Vitamin D -- better known as the "sunshine vitamin" -- might protect you from COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Researchers said that the protection is particularly potent among Black people.

While vitamin D levels of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) or more are t...

18 Mar
Black Women More Prone to Postmenopausal Weight Gain Than White Women

Black Women More Prone to Postmenopausal Weight Gain Than White Women

Black American women are more likely to gain weight after menopause than white women, and a number of factors may underlie the difference, researchers say.

They analyzed data from nearly 71,000 American women who had gone through menopause and were enrolled in a long-ter...

17 Mar
World's First Face Transplant in a Black Patient Brought Special Challenges

World's First Face Transplant in a Black Patient Brought Special Challenges

Robert Chelsea needed a new face, having lost most of his in a horrific Los Angeles traffic accident years ago.

But Chelsea is Black, and the process to give him the first-ever face transplant wound up posing novel challenges for his doctors, according to a new report.

17 Mar
Vision Problems Are On the Decline for American Seniors

Vision Problems Are On the Decline for American Seniors

Serious vision problems among older Americans have declined sharply, and the improvement has been greatest among women, folks over 85 and seniors who are Black or Hispanic, a nationwide study shows.

"The implications of a reduction in vision impairment are significant," ...

15 Mar
Racist 'Redlining' Policies Leave Legacy of Stroke for Black Americans

Racist 'Redlining' Policies Leave Legacy of Stroke for Black Americans

Discriminatory housing practices from nearly a century ago continue to influence a person's risk of suffering a stroke, claims a new study that reveals the legacy of structural racism in the United States.

Researchers found a 1.5% higher rate of stroke within census trac...

10 Mar
Many More Older Americans Willing to Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

Many More Older Americans Willing to Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

Older Americans are far more willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine than they were last fall, a new survey shows.

The survey was conducted in late January. It found that 71% of adults aged 50 to 80 said they're ready to get vaccinated when a dose is available to them, or that...

04 Mar
American Indians Face the Highest Odds for Stroke

American Indians Face the Highest Odds for Stroke

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 is an irregular heartbeat ("arrhythmia") that can increase the r...

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

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 404 Hispanic adults with a history of stroke or "mini-stroke," wh...

03 Mar
'Rerouting' Brain Blood Flow: Old Technique Could Be New Advance Against Strokes

'Rerouting' Brain Blood Flow: Old Technique Could Be New Advance Against Strokes

Doctors are testing a decades-old surgical technique as a new way to treat certain stroke patients. And the preliminary results look promising, they say.

At issue are strokes caused by intracranial atherosclerosis, where blood vessels within the brain become hardened and...

02 Mar
Many Blacks, Hispanics Believe They'll Get Worse Care If Dementia Strikes

Many Blacks, Hispanics Believe They'll Get Worse Care If Dementia Strikes

Black and Hispanic Americans already face higher risks for dementia than the general population. Many also believe they'd get worse dementia care compared to white patients, according to a new Alzheimer's Association special report.

Older Black Americans are about twice ...

01 Mar
Pandemic Unemployment Has Taken Its Own Deadly Toll

Pandemic Unemployment Has Taken Its Own Deadly Toll

With U.S. deaths from COVID-19 passing the grim milestone of a half-million, a new study suggests that another 30,000-plus Americans have died due to pandemic-related unemployment.

Using various data sources, researchers estimated that number of deaths between April 2020...

01 Mar
U.S. Flu Vaccinations Hit New Record High This Season

U.S. Flu Vaccinations Hit New Record High This Season

While many Americans await their turn for the COVID vaccine, a potentially record-setting number have already had their flu shot.

That's the key finding in a nationwide poll of more conducted in December by the University of Georgia, involving more than 1,000 adults . I...

26 Feb
Education Level Now Prime Driver of COVID Vaccine Hesitancy: Poll

Education Level Now Prime Driver of COVID Vaccine Hesitancy: Poll

In the early weeks of the U.S. vaccine rollout, race looked like it would determine who was willing to get a shot in the arm, but education level now plays the most powerful role in that decision, new research shows.

More than three-quarters of adults with at least a bac...

26 Feb
Mental Health 'Epidemic' Threatens Communities of Color Amid COVID-19

Mental Health 'Epidemic' Threatens Communities of Color Amid COVID-19

Communities of color face a burgeoning wave of mental health problems as a result of how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people interact and grieve, experts warn.

"We're about to have a mental health epidemic because of COVID," Vickie Mays, a professor of healt...

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

Why Is Liver Cancer More Lethal for Black Patients?

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 early, according to a new study.

Why? Despite often being m...

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