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Loneliness affects one in three people in the industrialized world, with racialized groups disproportionately bearing the burden. (Pexels/EricW)

Cancer and loneliness: How inclusion could save lives

Pluralism — the active process of inclusion — could reduce disparities in some of the most pressing health issues of our time.
In Minneapolis, the memorial near the spot where George Floyd died while in police custody. Getty Images / Kerem Yucel

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

Racism – and the chronic stress it causes – leads to poor health among African Americans. It may change the way genes are expressed, leading to increased levels of dangerous stress hormones.
Emergency medical technicians bring a patient into Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. Bryna R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images.

Doctors can’t treat COVID-19 effectively without recognizing the social justice aspects of health

While African Americans account for about 14% of the US population, they have accounted for about 60% of deaths from the virus. Several physicians offer an idea they think could help.
Johnnie Henry, president of the Navajo Nation’s Church Rock chapter house community center, hauls drinking water to neighbors in Gallup, N.M., May 7, 2020. AP Photo/Morgan Lee

Native American tribes’ pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities

Many Native American tribes are reporting high COVID-19 infection rates. State and federal agencies are impeding tribes' efforts to handle the pandemic themselves.
A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole as police officers stand guard at the Third Police Precinct during a face off with a group of protesters on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery deaths: Racism causes life-threatening conditions for black men every day

Police killings of black men gain widespread attention, but black men's life-and-death issues are ignored on a daily basis, a physician who studies health gaps explains.
Leaders of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska voted to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly because of the pandemic. Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Tribal leaders face great need and don’t have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic

American Indians and Alaska Natives are the most impoverished and marginalized group in the US. Tribes are working to protect their people from the coronavirus, but they have few resources to do so.
Black youth may be less likely to share their thoughts of loneliness or depression than other youth, which could be a reason for higher rates of death by suicide among black youth. Motortion Films/Shutterstock.com

Black kids and suicide: Why are rates so high, and so ignored?

African American youth are at increased risk for death by suicide. An expert explains why it's important to better understand the effects of racism, bullying and alienation on black youth.
African Americans have worse health outcomes and die earlier than whites. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Study: Racism shortens lives and hurts health of blacks by promoting genes that lead to inflammation and illness

The recent death of Elijah Cummings at age 68 underscores a disturbing statistic: black men die, on average, five years younger than white men. A study shows racism's effects on gene activity.

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