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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, March 16, 2012

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Capsules The Kaiser Health News Blog: New Report Identifies Barriers To HIV Care In U.S. – “On Thursday, the IOM released their recommendations in a 259-page report highlighting barriers to HIV care such as delayed diagnosis, sporadic use of antiretroviral therapy and untreated mental health problems.” >> Read More

Science Codex: ‘Unconscious’ racial bias among doctors linked to poor communication with patients – “In a report published in the American Journal of Public Health, the researchers say the findings provide new evidence that even when racial bias is not overt, it can have a negative impact on the way care is delivered and the quality of the doctor-patient relationship. It reinforces the idea that there may be a link between racial biases and stereotypes playing out in the doctor-patient relationship and the racial disparities found across health care settings in the United States.” >> Read More CDC Launches ‘Take Charge. Take the Test.™’ – “Black women are more affected by HIV than women of any other race or ethnicity.  In fact, black women account for nearly 60% of all new HIV infections among women in the United States. Overall, 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes.” >> Read More

Politics 365: Doctors Need Spectrum, STAT! – “Yes, the digital revolution has the potential to improve Latino health. It must be stated that with roughly 50.5 million Hispanics living in the United States and representing 16 percent of the U.S. total population, Latino health and the disparities we face have national implications.”   >> Read More

Well: Reasons That Vitamin D May Matter – “In an interview, Dr. Fiscella emphasized that his findings strongly suggest, but do not prove, that vitamin D deficiencies cause or contribute to diseases like colorectal cancer, high blood pressure and kidney and heart disease, which affect black Americans at higher rates than whites. The findings are bolstered by known biological effects of vitamin D and by the fact that widespread vitamin D deficiencies occur among blacks living in the Northern Hemisphere.” >> Read More

NPR: Tools For Black, Latino Women To Manage Health – “But, first, we want to go behind closed doors. That’s where we talk about sensitive issues that many people find hard to discuss. Health is one of those issues, but that’s one reason we try to talk about some of the unique circumstances that affect the health, particularly of minority women, whether the issue is HIV/AIDS, diabetes or obesity. Women of color suffer disproportionately from many of the major health problems in this country. So now, we have two guests who have written books that take on minority women’s health, specifically. >> Read More

Thefeministwire: Sex, Politics, and the Single Latina – “The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health reports that over half of Latinas ages 18 to 34 have said they go without birth control because of the high cost.” >> Read More

MedlinePlus: People in Poor Neighborhoods Have More Pain, Study Finds – Adults under the age of 50 who live in low-income neighborhoods experience more chronic pain than those in more affluent communities, new research finds. Blacks, however, experienced more chronic pain and disability than whites regardless of where they lived, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan. >> 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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