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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, February 3, 2012

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

New York Times Well: Communities Learn the Good Life Can Be a Killer – “As a result, these experts say, our “built environment” — where we live, work, play and shop — has become a leading cause of disability and death in the 21st century. Physical activity has been disappearing from the lives of young and old, and many communities are virtual “food deserts,” serviced only by convenience stores that stock nutrient-poor prepared foods and drinks.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Rich People Live Longer Than The Poor, Study Finds – The wealthiest people in the United Kingdom live longer than the poor, according to a new study from the U.K.-based Longevity Science Advisory Panel. Male higher managers and professionals in the U.K. have a life expectancy of 83.8 years, and female higher managers and professionals can expect to live 86.7 years, in contrast to workers with routine tasks who die about three years earlier.” >> Read More Nurse researchers find disparities in pain treatment – “Pain is generally undertreated in the United States, but low-income and minority patients are even less likely to receive guideline-recommended pain treatment in virtually all healthcare settings, according to the authors of a new paper from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.” >> Read More

Medical Press: Study reveals new wrinkle in growing US health gap – “But a new study has found, for the first time, that health disparities have grown dramatically among people in the same socioeconomic groups – often times more than the disparities have grown between groups.” >> Read More

Health Behavior News Service: Study Illuminates Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment – “A new study finds that decreasing the disparities in rates of type 2 diabetes among Whites, Blacks and Hispanics could eliminate some racial and ethnic disparities in the development of cognitive impairment or dementia. Prior research has shown that type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for all forms of major cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Advocates challenge DSS denial of “habilitation” services for children – “But their insurance, HUSKY, the state’s Medicaid program, denied coverage for the services, known as applied behavioral analysis, saying that the services were for “habilitation” purposes, not rehabilitation. “This means they are meant to help you get new skills, not to restore skills or abilities that you once had but lost due to an illness or health condition,” Mark Schaefer, the state Department of Social Services’ director of medical care administration, wrote in a letter explaining the denial.” >> Read More Cervical cancer: Many factors contribute to higher rates for Hispanic, black women – “Cultural taboos may be one of the contributing factors to a major health disparity regarding cervical cancer. Although the number of cervical cancer cases and deaths have dropped significantly in the past 20 years due to regular pap tests, some minority groups are still at higher risk for developing the cancer. More Hispanic and black women get cervical cancer and are diagnosed at later stages of the disease than women of other races or ethnicities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” >> Read More NAACP and Others File Court Brief Supporting Health Care Reform – “The severe racial inequality in our health care system threatens the ability of African-Americans to participate fully in the life of our nation and also undermines the health of our country’s democracy.” >> Read More

LeaderPost: Deal with root causes – “According to the World Health Organization, the social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between social group” >> Read More

Westmoreland Times: Racial and ethnic disparities in US cancer screening rates – “The percentage of U.S. citizens screened for cancer remains below national targets, with significant disparities among racial and ethnic populations, according to the first federal study to identify cancer screening disparities among Asian and Hispanic groups.”  >> Read More

CNN Health: How doctors do harm – “My book, “How We Do Harm,” co-authored with Paul Goldberg describes the challenges that some ordinary Americans experience while trying to get quality health care. In the book we show real examples, like Helen, of the irrationality of how medicine is practiced and consumed in the United States. We discuss those who do not get good care and those who suffer because of excessive and illogical health care. Both occur among the insured and the uninsured.” >> Read More

Reminder News: Healthcare forum offers aid for people with coverage questions – “Ninety percent of Connecticut residents have health insurance, but that does not mean that same percentage has access to adequate healthcare, according to State Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri” >> 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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