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Health News Roundup – Friday, September 16, 2011

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

Los Angeles Times: As U.S. poverty rates climb, so may health woes for the poor – Poverty levels are up in the U.S., the Census Bureau reports, with the percentage of Americans living in poverty at its highest point since 1993. That will likely translate into increasing health issues for those people, since being poor seems inexorably linked to poor health. A number of studies have linked poverty to higher levels of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other diseases and conditions. >> Read More

Alpha Galileo: Does race dictate quality of care? – Racial minorities have reduced access to high-quality joint replacement care, according to Dr. Xueya Cai and colleagues from the University of Iowa in the US. Their work, published online in Springer’s journalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, shows that African American patients are more likely than Caucasians to receive total knee arthroplasty (or replacement surgery) in low-quality hospitals. >> Read More Link between racial discrimination and stress described in new study – The consequences of psychological stress, resulting from racial discrimination, may contribute to racial health disparities in conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other age-associated diseases. This is according to analyses of data from the epidemiologic study Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS), conducted by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health.  >> Read More

The Baltimore Sun: Do White Americans have better health care than African Americans? – African-American and hispanics are more likely than whites to die at an earlier age and develop diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. hese inequities among the races will be part of a discussion hosted by OSI-Baltimore. >> Read More

Press Release via EurekAlert!: Genetics, lifestyle provide clues to racial differences in head and neck cancer – “Why are African Americans more likely than Caucasians to be not only diagnosed with head and neck cancer, but also die from the disease?While the answer isn’t a simple one, differences in lifestyle, access to care and tumor genetics may, in part, be to blame, according to a new study from Henry Ford Hospital.” >> Read More

The Hartford Courant: People Without Health Insurance In Northeast Increased By 345,000 Last Year – “The Northeast had about 345,000 more residents without health insurance last year than in 2009, though the region still has the lowest uninsured rate compared with all other parts of the U.S.” >> Read More

Reuters: Diabetes “massive challenge” as cases hit 366 million – “The vast majority of those with the disease have Type 2 — the kind linked to poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise — and the problem is spreading as people in the developing world adopt more Western lifestyles.” >> Read More

John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog: How We Ration Care – “There are not very many good things you can say about a deep recession. But from a researcher’s point of view, there is one silver lining. This recession has given us a natural experiment in health economics — and the results are stunning.” >> Read More

Washington Independent: Study suggests more than socioeconomic factors at work when choosing birth-control methods – “A recent study of sexually-active women in California finds that socioeconomic status does not fully explain why certain groups of women in the Golden State use more effective birth-control methods than others, according to a report published in the September 2011 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, a reproductive-health journal published by the Guttmacher Institute. What also accounts for such disparities, researchers Grace Shih, Eric Vittinghoff, Jody Steinauer and Christine Dehlendorf found, is race and ethnicity.” >> Read More

New York Times: Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause – “Many environmental forces, from economic interests of the food and beverage industries to the way our cities and towns are built, have conspired to subvert the body’s natural ability to match calories in with calories out.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Back to School: How to Raise Healthier, Smarter, Fitter Children  –  “Kids who skip breakfast and eat sugar laden, additive laced foods, and who get 10 to 15 percent of their calories from liquid sugar drinks like sodas and “sports” drinks not only gain weight and get early diabetes, heart disease and stroke in adolescence, but can’t pay attention, are less alert, can’t solve problems or do math, have a myriad of learning deficits, are more depressed, anxious and even violent. One in six children in America has a neurodevelopmental problem such as learning deficits and attention deficit disorder. Could it be due to what we are feeding our children and the lack of physical activity?” >> 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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