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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, October 21, 2011

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

CNN: Moving out of high-poverty areas may lower obesity, diabetes risk – “It shows that being active in your community and working to make safer, healthier environments can really affect the health of the people who live there.”

Salud Today: VIDEO: Cancer Health Disparities Challenges & Opportunities – “Check out this new video from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) focusing on cancer health disparities—differences in the rates of disease and death among minorities compared to other population groups. The video features perspectives from numerous Congressional officials, federal agency leaders, and a clinician on possible policy prescriptions that are necessary to help reduce cancer health disparities.” >> Read More

New York Times: Tackling Infant Mortality Rates Among Blacks – “But there is also an undeniable link between Ms. Ralph’s race — she is black — and whether her baby will survive: nationally, black babies are more than twice as likely as white babies to die before the age of 1.” >> Read More

Press Release via EuerkAlert!: White children far more likely to receive CT scans than Hispanic, African-American children – “White children are far more likely to receive cranial computed tomography (CT) scans in an emergency department following minor head trauma than are African-American or Hispanic children, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found.” >> Read More For those in food deserts, grocery shopping can be a hassle – “There was a time when all Devon Rutherford had to do to find groceries was to walk out the door. Now it takes two buses and a good chunk of her day. Rutherford, 28, of Bridgeport, usually starts her voyage from the Ralphola Taylor Center on Union Avenue near her children’s school. Like many city residents, Rutherford has no car and doesn’t live within walking distance of a supermarket.” >> Read More

The Healthcare Blog: Why Are There Disparities In Health Care? Because It’s Free – “The latest issue of Health Affairs is devoted to racial and ethnic disparities in the consumption of health care. Naturally, they found some. Why are they there?” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Obesity Costs U.S. Companies Billions In Lost Productivity: Gallup – “The consequences of the country’s obesity epidemic expand beyond just personal health. Overweight or obese full-time workers with other chronic health conditions miss 450 million more days of work each year than would healthy workers, costing businesses $153 billion annually in lost productivity, according to a recent Gallup poll. More than 85 percent of workers are obese, overweight or have a chronic health condition the study found.” >> Read More

Kaiser Health News: Minorities Would Be Hard Hit By Medicaid Cuts, Study Warns – “Blacks and Latinos would be among those hardest hit if Medicaid funding were cut as part of a deficit-reduction package, according to a new report released today by Families USA,  the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Council of La Raza, among others.” >> Read More Colorectal Cancer More Common in Minorities – “Minorities with colorectal cancer aren’t living as long as whites, new research shows.” >> Read more

Associated Press via MSNBC: Living in poor neighborhood can hurt health – “ATLANTA — Back in the 1990s, the federal government tried an unusual social experiment: It offered thousands of poor women in big-city public housing a chance to live in more affluent neighborhoods. A decade later, the women who relocated had lower rates of diabetes and extreme obesity — differences that are being hailed as compelling evidence that where you live can determine your health.” >> Read More

US Health News: Could Discrimination Help Trigger Illness in Blacks? – “(HealthDay News)The stress associated with racial discrimination may take a heavy toll on the body, researchers say. The finding could help explain why certain racial groups tend to have more heart disease, diabetes and other age-related conditions, according to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.” >> 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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