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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, January 13, 2012

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health news and reports from this past week.

Huffington Post: Dollar Store Earnings Fatten On Food Sales, But Neighbors Say ‘Stay Out!’ – “With food prices rising and incomes going nowhere, dollar stores are thriving, luring squeezed customers — many from the middle class — with discount ramen noodles, frozen casseroles and other packaged food. But health advocates say cheap food comes at a high cost and some communities are battling to keep the stores from proliferating.” >> Read More

USA Today: 5% of patients account for half of health care spending – “Just 1% of Americans accounted for 22% of health care costs in 2009, according to a federal report released Wednesday.” >> Read More Discrimination may harm your health, according to new Rice study – “In the study, “Is Discrimination an Equal Opportunity Risk? Racial Experiences, Socio-economic Status and Health Status Among Black and White Adults,” the authors examined data containing measures of social class, race and perceived discriminatory behavior and found that approximately 18 percent of blacks and 4 percent of whites reported higher levels of emotional upset and/or physical symptoms due to race-based treatment.” >> Read More

Yale Daily News: Connecticut moves to state-run Medicaid – “On Jan. 1, Connecticut assumed direct financial responsibility for its Medicaid, HUSKY and Charter Oak health care programs, which offer medical services to eligible low-income residents. This move represents a change from the state’s former policy of paying private health insurance companies such as Aetna and UnitedHealthCare to administer their low-income health care services. With this change, Connecticut became the second state in the nation to move away from private management of low-income healthcare.” >> Read More

MSN Health: Asian-Americans More Apt to Die in Hospital After Heart Attacks – Asian-Americans are more likely to die in the hospital following a heart attack than whites, new research reveals, although this disparity was reduced over time in hospitals participating in a quality improvement program. >> Read More

Reuters: Can electronic health records erase disparities? – “Switching to electronic health records might help close health gaps between black and white Americans, researchers suggest in a new study.” >> Read More

Capsules (The KHN Blog): The Income Penalty For Diabetes: $160,000 – A young person with diabetes could earn an average of $160,000 less over their lifetime compared to someone without the disease, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the journal Health Affairs. Adolescents with diabetes are also more likely to drop out of high school than their peers — a more pronounced difference than seen in racial or gender disparities — and complete .25 fewer years of school, researchers found. That adds up to 150,000 lost years of school across the American population, according to the study, which was based on data gathered from following 15,000 adolescents until age 30.

The Kansas City Star: Black Health Care Coalition advocates for healthy choices – “They founded the Black Health Care Coalition — a nonprofit organization that has since waged an aggressive education and outreach campaign against diabetes, cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and much more. The organization has gone into churches, community centers and elsewhere to politely nudge residents to participate in screenings, to exercise and to make healthy choices.” >> Read More

The Atlantic: Is Being on Medicaid Worse Than Having No Insurance at All? – Cancer patients on Medicaid survive less time after their diagnosis than people with private or no insurance, data from Ohio show. Looking only at highly treatable types of tumors, researchers found Medicaid enrollees were between 1.6 and 2.4 times as likely as other patients to die of their disease within five years. It’s unclear exactly how to interpret those findings, but researchers agree they’re important. >> Read More

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About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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