Maternal death rates are higher in the U.S. than in other high-income countries.
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Black women died during or soon after pregnancy at higher rates than any other racial group in every year from 1999 to 2019. American Indian and Alaska Native women had the greatest increase in risk during this period.
An increasing number of health care decisions rely on information from algorithms.
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Biased algorithms in health care can lead to inaccurate diagnoses and delayed treatment. Deciding which variables to include to achieve fair health outcomes depends on how you approach fairness.
The stress of experiencing high levels of community violence harms entire families.
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Chronic stress from living with systemic racism and gun violence can lead to increased symptoms of PTSD and depression as well as elevated cortisol levels.
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.
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.
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.
Your experiences affect your brain – and your brain affects your health.
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New research points to a biological way that racism can lead to health disparities.
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.
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.
Black patients can be wary of the medical establishment.
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Though COVID-19 has killed Black Americans at nearly twice the rate as white Americans, Black people are the least likely racial group to say they’re eager to get the vaccine.
Anti-racism protest, 2020.
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A study of 800 Black American families shows early experiences of racism have long-term consequences for physical and mental health.
Breaking down COVID-19 data into demographic groups helps scientists learn more about the virus.
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Getting the real answers on health gaps requires a deep dive into the demographics.
Loneliness affects one in three people in the industrialized world, with racialized groups disproportionately bearing the burden.
Pluralism — the active process of inclusion — could reduce disparities in some of the most pressing health issues of our time.
Nurse Shelia Rickman participates in an after-shift demonstration on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, after media reports of disproportionate numbers of black people dying from COVID-19 in the city.
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Blacks are dying at higher rates from COVID than whites, showing yet another example of gaps in outcomes between blacks and other groups. The cause is more sociological than biological.