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Health News Roundup — Friday, August 5, 2011

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

Association of Health Care Journalists: Minority population swells in nursing homes – “In The Providence Journal, reporter and AHCJ board member Felice Freyer reports on the local effects of the national trend toward higher proportions of minority residents in nursing homes. In addition to the logistical concerns raised by this demographic shift, Freyer also explores what it says about health disparities and access to care in minority communities.” >> Read More

Fitness Town: 100 startling facts on obesity in America – “Aside from keeping too many empty-calorie foods in your home, certain environmental and socioeconomic factors relate to obesity.” >> Read More

NPR Health’s Blog: Medicare, Medicaid Advocates Cast Wary Eye On Budget Deal – “Medicare and Medicaid have so far dodged the budget knives wielded by the GOP.” >> Read More

Technorati: Millions of Children Not Receiving Essential Dental Care in USA – “The report brought to light the fact that children are just one of the many vulnerable and undeserved populations that face a persistent and systemic barriers to accessing oral health. A point to be noted is that oral health care continues to elude people from racial and ethnic minorities, people with special health care needs, older adults, pregnant women, populations of the lower socio-economic status, and rural populations among others.”  >> Read More

Washington Post: Race reemerges in debate over ‘personalized medicine’ – “Some geneticists, sociologists and bioethicists argue that “black,” “white,” “Asian” and “Hispanic” are antiquated categories that threaten to revive prejudices. Others, however, say that meaningful DNA variations can track racial lines and that ignoring them could deny many benefits of “personalized medicine,” which aims to develop tests and treatments tailored to a person’s genetic makeup.” >> Read More

USA Today: DNA from African Americans broadens new genetic map – “Researchers say they have created the world’s best genetic map, thanks in part to 5,000 African Americans from the Jackson, Miss., area.” >> Read More

Reuters: Gene discovered that raises asthma risk in blacks – U.S. researchers have discovered a genetic mutation unique to African Americans that could help explain why blacks are so susceptible to asthma. > > Read More

FuturityBreast cancer kills more black women – “UC DAVIS (US) — Black women are 50 percent more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to die from advanced breast cancer, even if they receive radiation therapy.” >> Read More

InformationWeekTelemedicine Reduces Rural Health Disparities, Says UnitedHealth – “Increased use of telemedicine could help reduce the significant disparities between rural healthcare and the healthcare delivered in urban and suburban areas. That’s the conclusion of a new report from a research center linked to UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest private insurers.” >> Read More

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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