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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, October 7, 2011

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

Medline Plus: Poorer Women More Likely to Die From Breast Cancer – “Less-affluent women now face a greater risk of dying from breast cancer than wealthier patients, a new American Cancer Society report finds.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: The Silent Public Health Crisis — “With October 2-8 being Mental Illness Awareness Week, it’s an ideal time to break the silence and stigma that often surround the topic.” >>Read More

Kaiser Health News: Disparities Cloud Health Improvements In Past Decade, Report Finds –Minority and low-income groups continue to be less likely to have a regular source of health care when compared to the general population, despite efforts over the past decade to remedy the situation. >> Read more

Science Codex: Place, not race, largest determinant of health disparities – “Where you live could play a larger role in health disparities than originally thought, according to a new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.” >>Read more

Medical News: Growing Up In Bad Neighborhoods Has A Devastating Impact — “Compared to growing up in affluent neighborhoods, growing up in neighborhoods with high levels of poverty and unemployment reduces the chances of high school graduation from 96 percent to 76 percent for black children,” says Wodtke. >> Read more

Health Beat: Court Action Is Necessary To Maintain Medicaid’s Integrity – Should private citizens be allowed to sue their state Medicaid programs for imposing rate cuts on doctors and other providers? That’s the question the Supreme Court is currently considering in Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, a case that pits… >> Read More

Medscape: Team Approach Helps Tackle Health Disparities — Efforts to offer culturally and linguistically appropriate care that fights disparities faced by disadvantaged minority communities are more successful when social agencies and medical facilities team up, researchers found. >> Read more

Boomer Health & Lifestyle: Nursing Home Flu Vaccine Rates Too Low, Show Racial Disparity – “Nursing home influenza vaccination rates are still lower than the national goal, a Brown University study found, and rates for black residents are lower still.” >> Read More

Healthcare Blog: Reaffirming Our Commitment to Fighting and Preventing Breast Cancer – “Thanks to the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, most private health plans and Medicare now cover women’s preventive health care – such as mammograms and screenings for cervical cancer –with no co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs. This means that women can get services they need to detect or prevent breast cancer before it spreads or becomes fatal, without worrying that they’ll have to pay for these services out of their own pockets. >> Read More

Examiner.net: Challenging times for America’s public health officials – “The United States needs to go back to its basic understanding of social conditions in its greater battle of improving health care, the president of the American Public Health Association said Thursday to public health officials from across Missouri.” >> Read More

Medline Plus: Black Women Tend to Suffer Disabilities Earlier, Study Finds – “Black women are likely to develop physical limitations earlier in life than others their age, according to a new study.” >> Read More

New York Times: Fight for Social Programs Looms Anew in the House – “House Republicans are laying the groundwork for another battle with President Obama over spending and domestic policy with a bill that would cut some of his favorite health and education programs, tie the hands of the National Labor Relations Board and eliminate federal grants for Planned Parenthood clinics.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: DCF may extend benefits to more young adults – “The state has been Mufasa Abdulbasil’s guardian for nearly 10 years, seeing to his needs for everything from food and shelter to clothes for school. But unless he goes to college when he turns 18–something he’s not sure about now–he’ll be on his own.” >> Read More

Yale Alumni Magazine: The Health Care Spending Paradox – “Amid all the debate concerning the morality, legality, and feasibility of health-care reform, the United States faces a central paradox in its health-care system: we spend more than any other industrialized country on health, yet we rank among the lowest in many dimensions of health.” >> Read More

The Atlantic Cities: America’s Great Dental Divide – “There’s seemingly no end to the economic, political, and cultural divides that separate Americans: Republican vs. Democrat, religious vs. secular, beer vs. wine drinkers, Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts, NPR vs. the NRA, NASCAR vs. World Cup Soccer. But data released this month by the Gallup Organization shows a stark new axis of socioeconomic cleavage: those who regularly go to the dentist, and those who do not.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Unlocking The Differences In Breast Cancer Cases – “Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age — and they die from it at a higher rate — than the national average.” >> 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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