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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, November 23, 2012

The Office of Minority Health: Diabetes Data/Statistics – “More than 25.8 million people, or 8.3 percent, have diabetes in the United States, and pre-diabetes is far more common than previously believed. About 35 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 years or older, or 79 million people, currently have pre-diabetes. Racial and ethnic minority groups, especially the elderly among these populations, are disproportionately affected by diabetes.” >> Read More

New York Times Well Blog: Racial Differences in Breast Cancer’s Toll – “Using large national cancer registries, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found vast racial disparities in breast cancer severity, treatment and mortality. Although black women get mammograms as often as white women, by the time of diagnosis the disease has spread to other organs in 45 percent of blacks, compared with 35 percent of whites, the researchers found. Black women fare worse at each phase of management: follow-up of abnormal findings, starting treatment and completing it.” >> Read More

Washington Post: What the health care law means for you – “President Obama’s reelection secured the Affordable Care Act’s future, with insurance changes that stand to impact millions of Americans. Beginning in 2014, virtually all Americans will have to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. There also will be new opportunities to get coverage, including state-based marketplaces known as exchanges* (through which individuals will be able to purchase private plans that meet strict benchmarks for quality) and federal subsidies to help low-income people buy plans on the exchanges.” >> Read More

Minority Nurse: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care – “Many researchers have found racial and ethnic disparities in disease management, including diabetes.6 Other affected conditions include asthma, hepatitis, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.7 Associated with poor patient outcomes, disparities are deemed unacceptable.3 Findings in a majority of these studies show that regardless of cause, minorities’ experiences differ from whites in many disease categories. Most literary reports on diabetic disparities pertain to African Americans; data on Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders were limited. 3” >> Read More

Fox News Latino: Diabetes Rates Skyrocket in the South, Reveals CDC Study – “A new federal report issued Thursday states the national diabetic epidemic is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma. The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled, and Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama also saw alarming increases since 1995, the study showed.” >> Read More

Mobihealthnews: Clinton turns to remote monitoring, Verizon to address health gaps -“Remote and home patient monitoring technologies will be a key component of former President Bill Clinton’s new push, through his William J. Clinton Foundation, to eliminate health disparities between communities of different socioeconomic and racial strata.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: Medicaid mystery: Who are all the new members? – “Enrollment in the program, Medicaid for Low-Income Adults, or LIA, now tops 83,000, including 46,156 who were in the predecessor program. That’s far higher than had been anticipated or budgeted for by the state, which didn’t expect that many enrollees until next August.” >> 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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