Black patients are more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to have a biopsy delay of 90 days or more after an abnormal mammogram.
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Early detection of breast cancer is critical to improving chances of survival. But racial and ethnic minority patients systematically have delayed diagnoses that reduce the benefits of screening.
Pharmacies could play an increasingly important role in testing and treatment of COVID-19.
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Earlier detection and treatment of COVID-19 by health care providers in pharmacies could help prevent surges in infection rates and severe illness.
Transgender people of color face more than their share of discrimination and violence.
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Being both trans and a person of color comes with a unique set of challenges. Collectively working toward overcoming these barriers is one way this community fights for survival.
Removing ultrasound and pelvic exam requirements for medication abortion could help expand access to care.
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During the pandemic, health care providers began prescribing abortion pills without requiring in-person exams. This practice could help people access the care they need when abortion rights are in limbo.
Pregnant people are at significantly greater risk from COVID-19 than from the vaccine.
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A robust body of research finds that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy is safe and effective – and the best way to protect both mother and child from the risks of COVID-19.
How many X chromosomes you have can affect your health.
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A one-size-fits-all approach may not be best for treating cardiovascular disease. Taking sex chromosomes into account could make for more effective and equitable care.
Gender norms can affect every aspect of a person’s life, including their health.
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Some countries report higher rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths among men. This might be due to underreporting among women with limited health access.
Differences in the social conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work can lead to health disparities.
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Addressing racial and ethnic health gaps is becoming even more important as the US population continues its shift toward a minority-majority nation.
COVID-19 vaccines and treatments aren’t societal silver bullets when health disparities persist.
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Vaccines and medical treatments can only go so far in an unequal society. Facing the ongoing history of racial discrimination and bias in the US would help end the pandemic.
When Black patients are treated by Black doctors, they have better health outcomes – but fewer than 6 in 100 American doctors are Black.
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Black American women have disproportionate HIV infection rates – in part because of systemic and structural racism in the health care system.
The FDA approved the first PrEP drug, Truvada, in 2012.
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World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 this year comes at a time when a key step to removing financial barriers to PrEP access in the U.S. faces legal challenges.
Family members often take on the burden of preparing and delivering meals to their relatives.
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Some older patients forego the food provided at their health care facility because it isn’t aligned with their religious and cultural preferences.
Banning abortion can have health consequences for pregnant people.
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Carrying a pregnancy to term is riskier than having an abortion, especially for non-Hispanic Black women.
The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 designated a new class of OTC hearing aids.
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Only 3.7% of people in the U.S. with hearing difficulty own hearing aids. Thanks to a federal law in progress of being implemented, OTC hearing aids may help bridge the gap.
American Muslims are two times as likely to attempt suicide compared to other major faith groups.
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Islamophobia increased post-9/11. Twenty years later, American Muslims are still dealing with the mental health effects – and research barriers limit what is known about what puts them at risk.
HIV stigma manifests in many ways, including microaggressions that could lead to a higher risk of depression, PTSD and suicidality.
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Microaggressions are more subtle than outright discrimination. But they can directly affect HIV treatment outcomes.
Lead pollution may have wider ranging adverse effects on health than previously thought.
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Early exposure to lead pollution may lead to less mature personality traits as an adult.
Research suggests Black women may want to be cautious about heavy use of lye-based chemical hair relaxers.
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Researchers had suspected that chemical hair relaxers might be behind racial disparities in breast cancer diagnoses. A new study narrows in on lye as a possible cause for that link.
Full pandemic recovery for all Americans will require interventions that address systemic inequality.
A survey finds that hardship disparities across racial and ethnic groups have persisted throughout the pandemic.
Handouts from food banks are no substitute for self-sufficiency.
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Indigenous people in the US have high rates of food insecurity and dietary-related health problems. Any attempts to address the problem must start with land justice, argues a scholar of Native health and food.