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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, December 2, 2011

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

Huffington PostLatinos Must Take A Stand Against HIV/AIDS – “Health is a right that belongs to everyone, and that includes the opportunity to live a life free of HIV/AIDS. Yet for millions of people around the world, lack of access to education and services means that right is denied, the opportunity inaccessible.” >> Read More

Sanford School of Medicine: Study shows increase in health disparities among young Americans – “New research offers additional insights into health disparities in the United States. Findings published this month in the American Sociological Review show the gap between the least and most healthy has significantly increased among Americans born after 1980 and that health disparity tends to increase as people move into middle age, before declining as people reach old age.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: A Seat at the Table: How Empowering Young, Black, Gay Men to Lead Can Address Spikes in HIV – “Ultimately, it is impossible to discuss HIV/AIDS in the black community without addressing the importance of tolerance. It is up to us — relatives, co-workers and friends — to engage our black, gay brothers in a conversation that is constructive and rooted in concern, one that turns to them for insight instead of turning them away.” >> Read More

CNN:  HIV in the South: Not Close to Zero – Nearly 50% of all AIDS cases annually are reported from Southern states. >>Read More

U.S. News: Socioeconomic Status Main Predictor for Health Habits: Study – “Large disparities exist in obesity and other chronic diseases across racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Are racial differences in diet, exercise, and weight status related to better knowledge about healthy eating and awareness of food-related health risks? Or are they more closely related to differences in socioeconomic status (SES)? A new study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association finds that people with a lower socioeconomic status are more likely to be overweight, regardless of racial/ethnic background, and that the level of nutritional knowledge and health awareness did not lead to significant racial differences in weight and diet.” >> Read More

U.S. News: Advocates Push for Greater Awareness of HIV/AIDS – “Advocates for HIV/AIDS research and treatment met Wednesday to discuss how to reduce the spread of the disease in the United States, improve access to better care and raise general awareness of the ongoing epidemic.” >> Read More

USA Today: Medicare to pay for obesity prevention – “Medicare announced Tuesday it will pay for screenings and preventive services to help recipients curb obesity and the medical ailments associated with it, primarily heart disease, strokes and diabetes.” >> Read More

PBS Newshour: Why Does Health Care Cost So Much in the United States?  – “Staying healthy in the United States is expensive. In fact, in 2009, the average annual cost of health care was $7,960 per person — two and a half times what it was in Japan for the same year. “ >> Read More

Voice of America: African American Communities Face AIDS Crisis – “African Americans make up about 13 percent of the US population and account for nearly half of all new HIV infections. The epidemic afflicts everyone, young and old alike in black communities throughout the country.” >> Read More

San Francisco Bay Guardian: Public Health and Occupy –  “Income inequality is closely paralleled, unsurprisingly, by poorer health outcomes. The rich are not only getting richer, they are living longer, healthier lives than the majority of us in the 99 percent.” >> Read More

Wired: Antibiotics: Connected to Obesity, Diabetes and Stroke? – About a week ago, a nonprofit research group called Extending the Cure published the latest in a fantastic series of maps they have been producing for several years, based on public and privately collected data. Earlier iterations have looked at the incidence of various resistant organisms over time. This time, they decided to look instead at the major drivers of resistance, and focused on national data about antibiotic prescriptions, broken down by drug type and by state between 1999 and 2007. >> Read More Racism’s Mental Toll May Explain Some Health Disparities – “FRIDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) — Racism is similar to trauma in how it affects the mental health of black adults in the United States, a new analysis finds.” >> 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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