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Minority Patients Much More Likely to Die After Surgery, New Study Finds

Researchers say Black and Hispanic patients face a higher risk of death after surgery due to ongoing racial and ethnic disparities.

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Daily Racism Increases the Risk of Heart Disease in Black Women, Study Finds

A new study finds Black women who experience racism on the job, in housing and with police are significantly more likely to develop heart disease.

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Black Patients Wait Longer Than Whites for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Medical imaging for thinking and memory issues happens much later in Black patients than in their white and Hispanic counterparts, new research shows.

A study to be presented Thursday at a meeting of radiologists als...

Whole Grain Foods Could Help Black Seniors Avoid Alzheimer's

Whole grains could be the key to Black people protecting their brains against aging and dementia, a new study reports.

Black folks who ate more foods with whole grains appeared to have a slower rate of memory decline than those who ate fewer whole grains, according to findings published Nov. 23 in the journal Neurology.

Among Black people, those who ate the most whole grain...

Mexican Americans Face Higher Odds for Liver Cancer With Each New Generation

The risk of developing liver cancer appears to be rising with each successive generation of Mexican-Americans, especially men, a new report finds.

“Liver cancer is becoming a growing concern among Latinos, underscoring the importance of comprehending the factors driving this trend," said study lead author V. Wendy Setiaw...

Cancer Is More Lethal For Black and Hispanic Children: Report

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2023 (Healthday News) -- While childhood cancer is no longer terminal for many, death rates remain higher in Black and Hispanic children, a new government report reveals.

Treatments for these rare cancers have improved drastically in recent decades, and death rates dropped for all children in 2001 -- and kept dropping for another decade.

But over the past 10 year...

Black Patients With Early-Stage Colon Cancer Get Worse Care Than Whites: Study

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2023 (HealthDay) -- Rates of colon cancer among relatively young Americans continue to rise, and a new study suggests that a patient's race might determine the quality of cancer care they receive.

Being a Black patient appeared linked to lower odds of receiving "guideline-concordant" care for colon and rectal cancers, compared to white patients, according to a study publi...

Black, Hispanic Patients Often Get Worse Hospital Care After Cardiac Arrest

Black and Hispanic Americans might be receiving worse hospital care following cardiac arrest than Whites do, a new study reports.

Only about 20% of Blacks and 22% of Hispanics admitted to a hospital after initially surviving cardiac arrest had a positive outcome, researchers found. The rest either died or suffered brain damage.

By comparison, nearly 34% of Whites had a positive outc...

At Same PSA Levels, Black Men Still More Likely to Get Prostate Cancer Than Whites

Even with the same prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, Black men are more likely to have prostate cancer than white men, new research shows.

The findings point to the need for earlier and more frequent screening, the researchers noted.

It’s already known that Black men in the United States are more likely to develop prostate cancer than their white peers. After diagnosis, they...

Racism's Effects Are Harming the Hearts of Black Americans

Research has shown that older Black adults are more likely to have poor heart health when compared with white adults and other minority groups.

Now, a new study finds that chronic stress from racism and impoverished neighborhood conditions influence that disparity.

This impact on heart health from these stressors did vary by gender, with Black women affected more by discrimination ...

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  • October 24, 2023
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Non-White Kids With Recurrent Ear Infections Less Likely to Get Specialist Care

Which U.S. kids see specialists for ear infections and have tubes placed to drain fluid and improve air flow differs significantly by race.

Asian, Hispanic and Black children are much less likely than white kids to see ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, new research shows.

“For the first time, our study found there are significant differences in the rate of ENT office visits for ...

Black Patients 42% More Likely to Die After High-Risk Surgery Than White Patients

High-risk surgeries are more deadly for Black and Hispanic Americans than for their white counterparts, new research reveals.

The study, of more than 1 million procedures performed in U.S. hospitals between 2000 and 2020, found that Black patients were 42% more likely than white patients to die within 30 days of surgery. That risk was 21% higher among Hispanic patients.

Had those di...

Use of Hair Relaxers Raises Women's Odds for Uterine Cancer

Older Black women who use chemical hair relaxers may be more likely to develop uterine cancer, new research suggests.

Specifically, postmenopausal Black women who reported using hair relaxers more than twice a year or for more than five years had more than a 50% increased risk of being diagnosed with uterine cancer compared to women who rarely or never used relaxers.

“Black women ...

When Health Care Access Is Equal, Race Gap in Prostate Cancer Survival Vanishes

Men of all races and ethnic groups who have prostate cancer fare equally well when access to care is identical, a new study finds.

The disparity in outcomes from prostate cancer between Black, Hispanic and white men disappears when treatment and care are the same, as it is in U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA) hospitals. In fact, Black and Hispanic men, on average fared better than...

Older Black Americans Hit Hardest by Disability

Most older adults want to spend their final days in the peace of their own home, but new research finds that Black Americans are far more likely to fall short of that goal.

Why? Because Black adults are much more likely than white adults to develop the kind of disability that will preclude them from being able to age in place.

The finding stems from a new survey that gathered inform...

Black Patients More Likely to Be Physically Restrained During ER Visits

It seemed to some that patients of color were being restrained in the emergency room more often than others, so researchers decided to investigate.

While physical restraints can be used to keep staff and patients safe, they may also cause injury to the patient, including aspiration, physical trauma and psychological harm.

A new study bears out what the team from Baylor College of Me...

Newer Diabetes Meds Might Not Work as Well in Black Patients

New research suggests some newer diabetes treatments may not be as beneficial for Black patients, after earlier drug trials included small numbers of non-white people.

Whether the medications -- called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2-Is) and glucogen-like peptide 1 receptor agonists (GLP1-Ras) -- actually have less benefit for Black patients or whether the small sample s...

Survey Finds Racism Against Asians Common in Medical Field

Asian-American medical professionals commonly experience racism from both peers and patients, claims a new survey that documented myriad slurs and a lack of support.

Researcher David Yang, an emergency medicine fellow at Yale School of Medicine, studied the issue because of his own experience.

Yang, 32, a Chinese American, recalled hearing racist comments linking him to the COVID v...

Cancer Care Tougher to Access in U.S. If English Second Language

Much has been made of how a lack of English proficiency can interfere with a patient's ability to interact with their doctor and get the best health care possible.

But language barriers can prevent cancer patients from even getting in the door for a first visit with a specialist, a new study reports.

English speakers calling a general information line at U.S. hospitals succeeded nea...

U.S. Heart Deaths Linked to Obesity Have Tripled in 20 Years

Obesity taxes many parts of the body, but new research suggests the heart might take the hardest hit of all.

Between 1999 and 2020, deaths from heart disease linked to obesity tripled in the United States, and some groups were more vulnerable than others.

Specifically, Black adults had some of the highest rates of obesity-related heart disease deaths, with the highest percentag...

Segregation Has Close Ties With Lead Poisoning in Black American Kids

Young Black children living in racially segregated U.S. neighborhoods are at heightened risk of potentially brain-damaging lead exposure, a new study warns.

The study, of nearly 321,000 North Carolina children under the age of 7, found that those living in predominantly Black neighborhoods had higher blood levels of lead than those living in more integrated areas.

Experts said the f...

Extreme Heat Taxes the Brain, and Some Face Higher Risks

With 2023 predicted to be the hottest year on record, a new study is pointing to another potential consequence of heat waves: faster declines in older adults' memory and thinking skills.

The study, of nearly 9,500 older U.S. adults, found that those with greater exposure to heat waves over 12 year...

Race, Income Big Factors in Deaths After U.S. Hurricanes

Death rates skyrocket during extreme weather events among the most vulnerable Americans, especially those from minority groups.

A study looking at hurricanes over more than three decades showed that their impacts varied and were driven by differences in social, economic and demographic factors such as race.

“Really, we wanted to understand what the comparative impact was over tim...

Heart Disease Targets Black Americans and Poverty, Unemployment Are Big Reasons Why

What researchers call 'social factors' are largely responsible for Black Americans having a greater risk of death from heart disease than whites, according to a new study.

Among the social factors that contribute to this racial disparity are unemployment, low income, lack of regular access to health care and lack of a partner, Tulane University researchers said.

“For so many years...

New Lawsuit Filed by Family of Henrietta Lacks Over Unauthorized Use of Her Cells

The family of Henrietta Lacks has filed another in a series of planned lawsuits over the use of Lacks' cells without her knowledge or consent.

Known as the HeLa cell line, it has changed modern medicine because of the cells' unusual ability to survive in laboratories, making it possible for researchers to repro...

Rate of Preterm Births Is Higher for Black Americans

Black women have significantly more preterm births than white women do, and though almost a third of these extra cases can be explained by heart issues and social factors, the rest remain a mystery.

However, targeting those known factors could improve birth outcomes, a new study suggests. Social determinants of health include factors such as income, education, insurance and access to care...

When Cancer Strikes Twice, Black Americans Face Higher Death Rates

Black Americans diagnosed with a second primary cancer after their first one are more likely to die than their white peers.

That's the takeaway from a new study by the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Specifically, it found that these Black patient...

Memory Troubles? Your Race Could Affect How Soon You Get Diagnosis, Treatment

Black Americans are less likely to be seen at a memory clinic than their white peers. So too are folks from neighborhoods that are poor and lack educational and job opportunities, according to a new study.

That could mean later diagnosis and treatment for dementias like Alzheimer's disease.

The research, published online Aug. 2 in Neurology, involved data from more than 4...

Gene Could Lower HIV Levels in Some People of African Descent

A newly discovered genetic variant might explain why some people of African ancestry have naturally lower viral loads of HIV, an international team of researchers reports.

This variant, carried by an estimated 4% to 13% of people of African origin, reduces their risk of transmitting the virus and slows the progress of their own illness.

It's the first new genetic variant related to ...

Why Black People May Be More Prone to Severe Stroke

Black people tend to be more vulnerable to suffering severe strokes, but scientists have long struggled to figure out why.

Until now: New research suggests it may boil down to having a particular version of a gene involved in clotting.

“This could potentially change the entire rubric for how we treat strokes. So it really does have some potential, very, very consequential effect o...

Minorities Miss Out on Brain-Imaging Studies for Alzheimer's

Americans in ethnic and racial minority groups are underrepresented in Alzheimer's research, a new study finds.

Still, the review of U.S.-based Alzheimer's disease brain imaging studies found the gap is closing.

Compared with white patients, Hispanic Americans are nearly two times more likely to develop Alzheimer's as are Black Americans.

For the study, researchers analyzed ...

Asian-Americans Less Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest Despite Equal CPR Efforts

Asian adults in the United States who suffer cardiac arrest are less likely to survive than white adults, even when given bystander CPR, a new study finds.

Asian adults have similar rates of bystander CPR after a cardiac arrest, but are 8% less likely to survive to hospital discharge compared with white adults.

They are also 15% less likely to have favorable mental outcomes, accor...

Minorities, Women Are Shortchanged When It Comes to Statins

In yet another example of inequities in U.S. health care, new research indicates that many women and minority men who need statins to protect their heart aren't getting them.

“The recommendation to use statins to treat and prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease has been supported by guidelines from major clinical societies for decades,” said study author

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  • July 26, 2023
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  • Black Patients More Likely to Trust Medical Videos When Black Doctor, Patient Is in It

    The need to increase racial diversity among U.S. health care providers is important for many reasons. Among them, Black patients are more likely to believe Black physicians or patients than sources who are white, new research finds.

    The race of the presenter in videos about prostate cancer did not appear to make a difference to white patients, the study noted. But Black Americans were 1.6...

    Redlining May Raise Heart Failure Risk Among Black Americans

    In areas where Black Americans have been historically affected by discriminatory housing practices, there is higher heart failure risk, according to new research.

    Researchers studying more than 2.3 million U.S. adults between 2014 and 2019 found that heart failure today was linked to "redlining," which began in the 1930s. Heart failure risk for Black people who lived in these redlined ZIP...

    Skin Lightening Products Carry Dangers, But Many Users Are Unaware of Risks: Study

    Using skin lightening products can be dangerous without a doctor's supervision because they may contain harmful ingredients.

    Still, nearly a quarter of people in a recent survey said they used the products not for a medical issue, but for overall skin lightening. It's an issue that relates back to colorism, the system of inequality that considers lighter skin more beautiful, researchers s...

    Summer Skin Care Tips for Those With Darker Skin

    Dermatologist Dr. Caroline Opene is often asked if certain types of sun blocks are better for people with darker skin.

    Not necessarily, says the director of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Skin of Color clinic.

    “In general, the best sunscreen is the one you put on...

    Racial Discrimination Raises Risk for Childhood Obesity

    Racial discrimination may drive health inequities from an early age, according to researchers who found that it puts kids at risk for obesity.

    “Exposure to racial discrimination must be acknowledged as both a social determinant of obesity and a significant contributor to obesity disparities among children and adolescents,” said lead researcher

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  • July 14, 2023
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  • Higher Maternal Death Rates Among Black Women Tied to Racism, Sexism, UN Says

    Black women are more likely to die during or soon after childbirth due to systemic racism and sexism in the medical system, not genetics or lifestyle, according to the United Nations.

    A U.N. agency, the United Nations Population Fund, released a

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  • July 13, 2023
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  • Melanoma an Even More Deadly Disease in Black Men

    Black men are more likely to die of melanoma, new research shows, and one reason why may be the unusual places where the deadly skin cancer is likely to show up on their bodies.

    Even though the disease is more common in white men, the new report shows that Black men are 26% more likely to die from it, the Washington Post reported.

    “The purpose of our study was to div...

    Preeclampsia in Pregnancy Puts Black Women at Higher Risk for Stroke

    While preeclampsia and stroke during pregnancy are far more common in Black women in the United States, almost all study of links between these two conditions has been done on white women.

    In a new study, researchers worked to better understand the risks.

    This included examining 25 years of data involving 59,000 participants in the Black Women's Health Study.

    The researchers f...

    Sleep a Key Defense for Black Americans at Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's

    A lot of experts advise getting a good night's sleep. For Black Americans who have a gene variant linked to Alzheimer's disease, that rest could be protective, a new study says.

    “This new finding suggests that someone with a high-risk variant might be able to overcome their genetic inheritance by improving their sleep habits,” said lead author

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  • July 6, 2023
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  • Historic 'Redlining' of Neighborhoods Linked to Black Americans' Rate of Kidney Failure

    Decades of “redlining” — discriminatory policies that led to disinvestment in minority communities within the United States — may be connected with current cases of kidney failure in Black adults.

    A new study from researchers at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) shows that long-term disinvestment of wealth and resources in historically redlined neighborhoods likel...

    Depression Rates Rise for Minority Youth in States With Anti-LGBT Legislation

    Youth who are both LGBTQ+ and either Black or Hispanic and live in U.S. states that have discriminatory policies are more likely to have depression than their counterparts in states that are more affirming to gender and sexual identity, new research finds.

    “This study provides scientific evidence to what many queer and trans people of color in the U.S. are experiencing day to day,” s...

    U.S. Maternal Mortality Rates Have More Than Doubled in Two Decades

    The number of pregnant and postpartum women who die in the United States has more than doubled in two decades, hitting particular racial groups especially hard.

    New research found sharp increases in maternal death rates between 1999 and 2019, especially among Black, American Indian and Alaskan Native women. Those who live in the South, the Mountain States and the Midwest were also at grea...

    Certain Cancers on the Rise Among Hispanic Americans

    Cancer death rates among Hispanic Americans have declined in general over the past two decades, but for certain cancers the outlook has only gotten worse, a new study finds.

    First, the good news: Thanks to improvements in screening, diagnosis and treatment -- and a decline in smoking -- the U.S. cancer death rate has been dropping for years. And the new study found that this is true of Hi...

    Study of Former NFL Players Shows Race Differences in Chronic Pain

    A pro football career can mean chronic pain after retirement, but Black players are especially hard-hit, a new study finds.

    The study, of nearly 4,000 former National Football League (NFL) players, found that Black men reported more intense, more debilitating pain than their white counterparts. They were also more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety or fatigue -- and those problems ...

    More Hospitalizations, ER Visits in Nursing Homes With Higher Levels of Black Residents

    A new study finds that nursing homes that serve Black residents have more hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

    This may be driven by differences in staffing levels from home to home, according to researchers.

    For the study, they examined 2019 data from more than 14,000 U.S. nursing homes.

    Nursing homes with at least 50% Black residents had lower daily per-patient ratios...

    Black Patients Face Greater Risks From Leg Artery Blockages

    A new study has unearthed significant racial disparities in both treatment and outcomes for peripheral artery disease (PAD).

    Black patients with this condition, where plaque builds up in the arteries of the legs, were more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or amputation than white patients, according to researchers from Keck Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los An...

    Race, Income Affect Your Risk for a Food Allergy

    While food allergies have not historically been top of mind for racial and ethnic minorities, new research shows that Hispanic, Black and Asian communities all face a higher prevalence of these issues.

    Money also mattered: In households where incomes were higher, at more than $150,000 a year, food allergies were less prevalent.

    “Food allergies are not frequently talked about impac...

    Black Americans' Risk for MS May Be Higher Than Thought

    For years, multiple sclerosis was seen as a disease that largely affects white people. But a new study finds that it's much more common among Black Americans than previously believed.

    Researchers found that in 2010, an estimated 3 out of every 1,000 Black Americans were living with multiple sclerosis (MS). That was less than the prevalence among white Americans, at 4 out of every 1,000, b...

    Death From a 2nd Cancer Among Breast Cancer Survivors: Race May Matter

    Sometimes women who survive breast cancer will die from a second cancer, and now new research suggests the risk of that happening is higher for Black and Hispanic survivors than white women.

    “We believe this to be one of the first studies to comprehensively examine the racial and ethnic disparities in survival outcomes after a second cancer,” said study author

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