Hot Topics: Health Disparities
by Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP
The data are clear: African Americans are becoming infected with the novel coronavirus and dying at a higher rate than White Americans.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Ventilators.
Healthcare and Public Health Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: The Unequal Cost of Social Distancing“Right now, we must recognize that we cannot expect the most marginalized among us to bear the greatest costs of social distancing for weeks or months on end. If we devise policy based on the assumption that families who cannot put […]Full Article
by Em Rabelais, PhD, MBE, MS, MA, RN
In the very best of times, and just like cisgender people, non-binary and transgender folx find medicine a difficult landscape to navigate (for definitions, see here).…Full Article
by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
On Monday my hometown of San Antonio, Texas declared a local public emergency after a woman who was quarantined for suspected exposure to Covid-19 was released from custody.…Full Article
by Alexandre A. Martins, Ph.D.
Imagine an effective and efficient universal health care system that delivers care to low-income families. Now imagine dismantling that program to further marginalize those same families.…Full Article
by Hannah Giunta D.O., Ph.D. & Richard Sharp, Ph.D.
In their article, MacKay and Saylor analyze the issue of fair subject selection in clinical research and suggest that this overarching principle is best understood as a collection of four sub-principles, namely fair inclusion, fair opportunity, fair burden sharing, and fair distribution of third-party risks.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Last week, NPR reported on a new pre-publication article published in the journal Human Reproduction (HR).…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
This week Las Vegas hosted the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where tech companies can show off the devices they hope we will all be buying soon.…Full Article
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Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon and two Hastings Center fellows address concerns that crisis triage protocols aimed at allocating scarce health care resources to save the most lives could be biased against people with disabilities.Full Article
The inequitable racial landscape of the United States is hardly deniable. The effects of racism on health status and on access to health care are well documented. Comprehensive race/ethnicity data relevant to Covid-19 will likely affirm inequitable patterns in exposure, testing, and treatment, patterns that are already being observed by practitioners in some facilities and officials in some states.Full Article
As the coronavirus spreads across the country, millions of Americans already struggling with health and finances — especially those in minority communities — could bear the brunt of it.Full Article
Fewer opioid prescriptions meant fewer deaths (possibly 14,000), but the episode also reveals how prevalent and harmful stereotypes can be, even if implicit.Full Article
Study reveals rampant racism in decision-making software used by US hospitals — and highlights ways to correct it.Full Article
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first vaccine for dengue, Dengvaxia, but placed significant restrictions on its use because the vaccine has been shown to put some people at heightened risk for a severe form of the disease.Full Article
Scientists have long known what causes sickle-cell disease and its devastating effects: a single mutation in one errant gene. But for decades, there has been only modest progress against an inherited condition that mainly afflicts people of African descent.
With advances in gene therapy, that is quickly changing — so much so that scientists have begun to talk of a cure.Full Article
For the past two decades, scientists have been exploring the genetics of schizophrenia, autism and other brain disorders, looking for a path toward causation. If the biological roots of such ailments could be identified, treatments might follow, or at least tests that could reveal a person’s risk level.Full Article
If you are divorced, widowed or never married and develop cancer, watch out. You may get less aggressive treatment than your married friends.
We’ve often heard about studies showing that married adults are more likely to survive cancer than singles. But buried in those same studies is another finding that hasn’t made the headlines. When surgery or radiotherapy is the treatment of choice, patients with spouses are more likely to get it.Full Article