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Health News Roundup — Friday, August 26, 2011

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health news and reports from this past week. How Restrictions on Health Care Funding Affect Low-Income Women’s Access to Care – “Seventeen million women in the US, most of whom are of reproductive age, are insured by Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income individuals and families. Because Medicaid is jointly administered by federal and state governments, policies at both levels can affect which health services Medicaid will cover.” >> Read More

Health IT Buzz: Federal Strategic Plan to Reduce Health IT Disparities – Request for Comment – “The Health IT Disparities Workgroup is developing a federal plan to reduce health IT disparities.: A draft set of strategies/tactics — aligned with the five goals of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan — is included…” >> Read More

Washington Post: Why the recession increased access to health care – “A study published today by the Center for Studying Health Change tracks issues related to accessing health care from 2007 through 2010. It finds that fewer Americans are experiencing unmet health needs or delaying medical care.” >> Read More

Newswise: Protein in the Urine Spells Kidney Failure for African Americans – “African Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure than whites. A new study has found that a condition that occurs when the kidneys are damaged and spill protein into the urine contributes to this increased risk.” >> Read More

Baltimore Sun: Aids Aging Population Changing – “Moreover, health professionals must find ways to reduce the growing racial and class disparities among older AIDS victims. African-Americans, for example, are 12 times more likely than whites to become infected with the AIDS virus, and Latinos are five times more likely. African-American women, who make up just 11 percent of women over 50, comprise 65 percent of HIV infections and half of all AIDS cases among older women.” >> Read More

All Voices: Report Finds Health Disparities for People with Disabilities – “Compared to racial and ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities are generally more likely to experience poorer health, according to a new report from the Institute on Disability.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Advocates see few consumer voices on health exchange – “Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislative leaders selected most members of the board, which will oversee the quasi-public authority that governs the exchange, a marketplace for individuals and small businesses to buy health care coverage as part of federal health reform.” >> Read More Unintended Pregnancies Rise in Low-Income Women – “Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, but a new study indicates that unplanned pregnancies are on the rise—especially among low-income women. While substantial progress has been made in curbing unintended pregnancies among higher-income women, such is not the case for women living in poverty.” >> Read More

Bangor Daily News: American health care system needs real overhaul – “The sad-but-true reality is that health care in America is rationed not by medical needs, but by income. Those with means have access to care at a minimal cost because of their eligibility for or ability to afford health insurance, while those who subsist on minimum wage incomes with no health insurance fend for themselves, often forsaking preventive care because of the substantial costs involved.” >> Read More

Washington Examiner OP EDS: Freeze, investigate, then replace Obamacare – “Congress should unwind the health law in three quick steps: freeze, investigate and replace.” >> Read More

New York Times: Preaching a Healthy Diet in the Deep-Fried Delta – “The National Baptist Convention, which represents some seven million people in nearly 10,000 churches, is ramping up a far-reaching health campaign devised by Mr. Minor, which aims to have a “health ambassador” in every member church by September 2012. The goals of the program, the most ambitious of its kind, will be demanding but concrete, said the Rev. George W. Waddles Sr., the president of the convention’s Congress of Christian Education.” >> Read More

Reuters: Unplanned pregnancies rising among poor U.S. women: study Unintended pregnancies, which make up nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States, are increasingly concentrated among low-income women, a study showed on Wednesday.” >> Read More

NPR Shots Blog: Why Drug Companies Are Shy About Sharing On Facebook – “People love how Facebook lets them comment on and share other people’s posts. But the idea of sharing on social media has got drug companies scared. When Facebook told drugmakers that they had to start allowing comments on their Facebook pages, some of those pages started disappearing.” >> Read More

Health OMG!: Obesity Not Tied to Breast Cancer Risk in Mexican Americans – “(HealthDay News) — Obesity isn’t linked with breast cancer risk in Mexican-American women, a new study has found.” >> Read More

HealthDayNews: Kids of Unhealthy, Disadvantaged Moms More Likely to Be Sickly – “Specifically, children of disadvantaged, unhealthy mothers are more than five times as likely to have fair or poor overall health. They are also more likely to score lower on surveys of well-being, have a significantly greater risk of developing asthma and/or a learning disability and are more likely to make emergency department visits.” >> Read More

Organ & Tissue Donation Blog: How the Organ Transplant System Is Stacked Against the Most Needy, and Why You Should Be a Donor – “Blacks in America donate organs (13 percent of donors) at about the same rate they make up the population (14 percent), but they represent a disproportionate 35 percent of the kidney waiting list. More problematic is the fact that many in need of an organ do not even make the lists, or not in time, stymied by a complex patchwork system that discriminates against poor and minorities in any number of ways, many of which can be fixed.” >> Read More

Health Reform Talk: Health Care Reform Will Increase Costs, Access, And Care Quality – “Most health care organizations expect health care reform to boost costs significantly, while increasing access to care and improving quality through a renewed focus on organizational effectiveness, according to a new survey of more than 200 health care professionals.” >> Read More

The Atlantic: Walking Is Healthy, So Why Isn’t It Safer? – “In a new report analyzing traffic fatality data over the last 10 years, the nonprofit advocacy coalition Transportation for America has found that the top four “most dangerous” metro regions for pedestrians in the country are all in the state of Florida. Rounding out the top 10 are regions in Texas, California, Tennessee, Nevada, and Arizona.” >> 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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