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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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Almost 1 in 4 People Disenrolled From Medicaid Are Now Uninsured

Nearly a quarter of Americans who lost their pandemic-era Medicaid coverage say they're now without any health insurance, a new survey finds.

More than half (54%) of these currently uninsured adults cited cost as the reason keeping them from having coverage.

The survey of 1,227 adults was cond...

Preventive Mastectomy Less Common for Black Women With Breast Cancer

Black women with cancer in one breast are less likely than white women to have the healthy breast removed as well, a new study has found.

Women with cancer affecting one breast often elect to have the other breast removed, for a variety of reasons, researchers said.

But it appears Black women are less likely to be afforded that option, particularly in hospitals that largely treat wh...

Black and Native Americans Hit Hardest by 'Deaths of Despair'

More middle-aged Black and Native Americans are now falling prey to “deaths of despair” than whites, a new study finds.

These deaths -- from suicide, drug overdose and alcoholic liver disease -- initially had been more common among whites.

But a new analysis has determined that deaths of despair have skyrocketed for Black and Native Americans over the past decade.

The deat...

Anti-smoking Groups Sue FDA Again Over Menthol Ban Delays

Three anti-smoking groups announced Tuesday that they have sued the U.S. government yet again after it missed its latest deadline for enacting a ban on menthol cigarettes.

This is the second lawsuit that the plaintiffs -- the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, Action on Smoking and Health...

High Rate of Suicidal Thoughts Among Black Men in Rural America: Study

Suicidal thoughts and contemplation of death haunt the minds of many rural Black men in the United States, a new study reports.

One in three rural Black men said they had such dark thoughts within the past two weeks, University of Georgia researchers found.

These thoughts are driven by childhood trauma, poverty and exposure to racism, all of which take a heavy toll on mental health ...

Black Men Less Likely to Receive Heart Transplants Than White Men or Women

The odds in the United States that a well-functioning donor heart will go to a Black man are lower than for white transplant candidates of either gender, new research shows.

The news is troubling, since "Black patients have a two to three times greater risk of developing

Race, Ethnicity Plays Role in Liver Transplant Survival

Researchers hope findings from a new study of liver transplant patients will lead to improved interventions for those from racial and ethnic minority groups.

The study -- led by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas -- found the risk of dying while waiting for a liver transplant was higher among patients from four minority groups. Their risk for a failed transplant was a...

PSA Test Might Overdiagnose Prostate Cancers in Black Men

A new British study suggests that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, long used to spot prostate cancers, might lead to overdiagnosis in Black men.

Researchers now theorize that Black men may have naturally higher levels of the antigen in their blood than white men, but that it does not indicate any higher risk for prostate cancer.

If Black patients are being overdiagnosed, th...

Faulty Pulse Oximeters Could Worsen Heart Failure in Black Patients

Pulse oximeters, devices that measure your blood's oxygen levels, are known to work less accurately in Black patients.

Now, new research suggests faulty readings might also be worsening the care of Black people who battle heart failure.

The findings could signal a needed shift in heart failure care, said senior study author

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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Colon Cancer Under 50: Know Your Risks and How to Prevent It

    SATURDAY, Feb. 24, 2024 (HeathDay News) -- Colon cancer rates are on the rise among young Americans and Americans of color, so much so that the disease is now the leading cause of cancer death for men under 50 and the second most deadly cancer for women under 50.

    The American Cancer Society released those statistics in its

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  • February 24, 2024
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  • It's Tougher for Non-White Americans to Get Opioid Addiction Drug

    Americans addicted to opioids who need the anti-addiction med buprenorphine are far more likely to find it if they live in a predominantly white neighborhood, new research finds.

    “Access is substantially better in areas that are very white," said study lead author Coleman Drake, an assistant professor of health policy and ma...

    Political Changes Are Stressing Hispanic Americans: Study

    Immigration has become a contentious topic in America, but new research shows the heated debate on the issue may be stressing out Hispanics across the country, whether they are citizens or not.

    After analyzing data from 2011-2018, the researchers discovered that, over time, there has an increase in psychological distress among all Hispanics as U.S. immigration policies came under fire.

    Black, Hispanic Middle Class Finding It Tougher to Afford Senior Housing, Health Care

    Millions of Black and Hispanic middle-class adults won't be able to afford senior housing and health care expenses as they grow old, a new study warns.

    The number of middle-income older adults of color is expected to double within the next decade, rising from 12% in ...

    Heavy Sedation Could Drive Hispanic Patients' Higher Death Rate While on Ventilators

    Hispanic Americans who are hospitalized and placed on ventilators have a higher risk of death than their white peers, and new research may reveal a reason why.

    The study found that Hispanic patients in respiratory failure receive heavy sedation at a rate that is five times that of white patients, according to researchers at New York University (NYU).

    That could lower their odds for...

    Half of U.S. Health Care Workers Say They've Witnessed Racism Against Patients

    Nearly half of health care workers nationwide say they've seen discrimination against patients while on the job, a new report reveals.

    While 47% of health workers said they've witnessed discrimination against patients in their facilities, 52% said racism against patients is a major problem, according to the

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  • February 15, 2024
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  • Around the World, Indigenous People Face Higher Stroke Risk

    Indigenous people in seven countries, including the United States and Canada, appear to be more likely to suffer a stroke than non-natives, a new, large review finds.

    "Disparities are especially evident in countries where high average quality of life and long life expectancies are often not mirrored in Indigneous populations," said study author

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  • February 15, 2024
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  • Murder Rate for U.S. Black Women Is 6 Times That of Whites

    Black women in the United States are six times more likely, on average, to be murdered than white women, a new study finds.

    And that risk runs even higher when looking at specific states and time periods, researchers report Feb. 7 in The Lancet journal.

    For example, Black women...

    Murder, Suicide Claim More Years of Life Among U.S. Minorities Than Whites

    People of color in the United States lose more potential years of life to murder and suicide than whites, a new study concludes.

    On average, Hispanic, Asian and Black homicide victims lose an average 12, eight and four more years of expected lifespan, respectively, than white victims, researchers report Feb. 7 in the journal

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  • February 8, 2024
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  • CDC Restarts National Anti-Smoking Campaign, With Focus on Menthols

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resumed a national campaign that uses the stories of former smokers to warn Americans about the many health dangers of tobacco.

    Known as the "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign, seven new people are featured in ads sharing their stories about how cigarette smoking damaged their health.

    One tactic is new in this latest round of ...

    Black Americans Lose Sleep After High-Profile Police Killings

    Police killings of unarmed Black people are robbing the Black community of a precious commodity – sleep.

    Black adults across the United States suffer from sleep problems after they're exposed to news of killings that occur during police encounters, a new study published Feb. 5 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine finds.

    Specifically, Black adults experienced increases i...

    Stroke Recovery Could Depend on Where You Live

    For stroke survivors, the relative affluence of their neighborhood could be a factor in how well and how soon they recover, new research shows.

    Compared to Americans living in better-off locales, those living in areas plagued by high unemployment, lower levels of education, poor housing and low income had higher ...

    High Blood Pressure in Young Black Women Sends Stroke Risks Soaring

    Black American women have much higher rates of high blood pressure than white women, and it's especially deadly if hypertension sets in before the age of 35, new research shows.

    Black women diagnosed with high blood pressure before the age of 35 had triple the odds of suffering a stroke, compared to Black women without hypertension, the study found.

    “This research was motivated by...

    Breast Cancer Gene Test May Lead to Worse Care for Black Patients

    A common genetic test to determine treatment options for breast cancer could be leading some Black patients to forego chemotherapy that might have helped them, a new study says.

    The test appears to underestimate the benefit of chemotherapy in some Black women because it doesn't take into account race-based differences in treatment response, the researchers explained.

    “The test cou...

    AA Programs Turn Lives Around, But Most Members Are White: Study

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a key means by which millions of Americans deal with drinking problems.

    However, white Americans are much more likely to engage in the trusted “12-step” program than Black of Hispanic drinkers, a new study finds.

    Black and Hispanic alcoholics are about 40% less likely to have ever attended an AA meeting, compared to white drinkers, according to analysis o...

    Black People Far More Likely to Get Glaucoma, and Genes May Explain Why

    Black people are five times as likely as others to develop glaucoma and up to 15 times more likely to be blinded by the degenerative eye disease.

    Now, a new study reports that genetics appears to be at least one factor contributing to this increased risk.

    Researchers have identified three gene variants that could be fueling Black people's higher glaucoma risk, according to findings ...

    Non-White U.S. Kids Get Worse Pediatric Care

    Pediatric care for kids who aren't white is worse across the United States, a new study finds.

    Racial inequities for children of color are pervasive, extending from neonatal care, emergency medicine and surgery to treatment of developmental disabilities, mental health issues and pain, researchers say.

    “We now have more evidence than ever that pediatric care in the U.S. is not only...

    Race Still Plays Role in U.S. Cancer Death Rates

    While cancer death rates have fallen among Americans generally over the past two decades, a new study finds Black Americans are still more likely than whites to die from the disease.

    There has been some improvement in closing the gap -- in 2000, Black Americans were 26% more likely to die of cancer than whites, but by 2020 that disparity had shrunk to 12%, researchers at Duke University f...

    Stroke Hits Black Americans at Younger Ages Than Whites

    Black Americans have strokes nearly a decade younger on average than white people, a new study has found.

    The study also revealed that Black people consistently had a higher rate of stroke than white folks over a 22-year period, according to findings published in the journal Neurology.

    Overall, strokes have declined, regardless of race.

    “We found that the rate of st...

    Black Teens Gain Mental Health Boost From 'Connectedness' at School

    "School spirit" appears to provide long-lasting mental health benefits for Black teens, new research finds.

    School connectedness -- the degree to which students feel like part of to their school community -- is a protective factor against depression and aggressive behavior later in life among Black students, researchers report in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

    “Our...

    Getting Hospital-Level Care at Home Is Safe, Effective: Study

    It's an approach that's becoming more widespread: Receiving hospital-level care in the home.

    A new study finds that folks "hospitalized" at home tend to do at least as well as if they'd been checked into a hospital for medical care.

    Patients getting hospital-level care at home have low death rates and are not likely to suffer a setback that requires a quick return to the ER, accordi...

    Crohn's, Colitis Vary by Race, Gender

    Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis show different patterns of incidence by race, gender and even place of birth, a new U.S. study finds.

    The two illnesses are each classified as an inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) -- conditions that trigger a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

    The new research, from Rutgers University and other centers, found IBDs vary widely, ...

    Black Patients Less Likely to Get Home Health Care After Hospital Discharge

    Nurses are less likely to discharge still-recovering Black patients to home health care than white patients, a new study has found.

    About 22% of Black patients are referred to home health care by discharge nurses, compared with 27% of white patients, according to a report published in the January issue of the journal

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  • December 11, 2023
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  • Suicide Rates Have Risen Steadily for Black Girls and Women

    Suicide rates for Black women and girls ages 15 to 24 have more than doubled over the past two decades, a new report finds.

    “Suicides are rapidly increasingly among young, Black females in the U.S.,” said study first author Victoria Joseph, an analyst in the department of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Pu...

    Biden Administration Delays Decision on Menthol Cigarette Ban Amid Pushback

    The Biden administration has again delayed enacting a ban on menthol cigarettes following intense lobbying from the tobacco industry.

    Along with that pressure, other critics of the ban have warned that it might anger Black smokers, who use menthol cigarettes at far higher rates than whites -- just as President Biden gears up to run for re-election, administration officials told the Wa...

    Minorities Expect and Prepare for Unfair Health Care, Survey Shows

    Few people look forward to doctor visits, but a new survey shows that many minorities feel a deep sense of dread.

    Some even try to dress especially well for their visit, to try and ward off the possibility they'll face insults or unfair care.

    The new poll

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    • December 6, 2023
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    Women Need Better Guidance on Exercise & the Menstrual Cycle, Study Shows

    “Cycle syncing” -- the notion that women should adapt their diet and exercise patterns to their menstrual cycle -- has become a trendy topic online.

    Some experts argue that it can reduce a woman's symptoms prior to and during her period.

    But a new review has found little to no...

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    • December 6, 2023
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    High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy  Tied to Long-Term Heart Trouble for Hispanic Women

    Hispanic women who experience spikes in blood pressure while pregnant may also face higher heart risks years later, new research shows.

    These "hypertensive disorders of pregnancy" (HDP) -- conditions such as preeclampsia, eclampsia and gestational hypertension -- may even have a greater role to play in certain heart risks than regular high blood pressure, the researchers noted.

    “T...

    Surgery Helps Kids With Drug-Resistant Epilepsy, But Race Could Hinder Access

    Black, Hispanic and low-income kids are less likely to receive surgery that can treat their drug-resistant epilepsy, a new study finds.

    Researchers discovered that children on anti-seizure drugs who received vagus nerve stimulation were 35% more likely to be alive after 10 years, and those who also had cranial surgery were 83% more likely to be alive.

    But White children were much mo...

    Black Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer Lack Access to Best Treatments

    Black men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer are significantly less likely to be prescribed hormone therapy that could extend their lives, compared to other racial and ethnic groups, a new study shows.

    Studies have shown that hormone therapy can effectively control the growth of prostate tumors by inhibiting the action of male hormones like testosterone or reducing their levels in th...

    Black Patients Wait Longer Than Whites for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    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 also revealed that Black patients were less ofte...

    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...

    Surgery Doesn't Get Safer When Patient, Surgeon Are Same Gender

    MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2023 (HeathDay News) -- More female surgeons are entering the field, which brings up a new question: Are your surgical outcomes likely to be better if your gender matches that of your surgeon?

    The answer seems to be "probably not."

    A study from University of California Los Angeles researchers found little evidence that patient-surgeon "gender concordance" matters to...

    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 years...

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

    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 published Nov. 8 in the

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  • November 10, 2023
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  • 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'r...

    For the Best Stroke Care, Where You Live Matters

    Poor people are less likely to get clot-busting drugs after a stroke than their more affluent peers, Canadian researchers report.

    Their new study found that people in the poorest neighborhoods were 24% less likely to be treated than their counterparts in neighborhoods with the highest economic status.

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    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 a...

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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 ...

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