African Americans have worse health outcomes and die earlier than whites.
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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.
Protesters in New York City on May 21, 2019 express their opposition to restrictive abortion laws.
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States that have restrictive abortion laws don't just have worse health measures for women. A new study suggests that everyone is harmed.
Fathers often place more emphasis on their role as head of household than their health.
Two experts ask whether dads are making their health a priority. Evidence suggests not. Pressures to provide income often hold fathers back.
People of color face more obstacles on the path to an organ transplant.
Although certain racial minorities are more likely to be diagnosed with organ failure, they are less likely to be transplanted. What's behind the gap?
Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 3, 1968, giving the last speech of his life. He addressed social inequalities, discussing the low pay of garbage workers in that city.
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On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. At the root of the injustice that King preached about is structural inequalities. An expert explains what that means.
Providing tools to help African-American men with prostate cancer make decisions about care can make a big difference.
Prostate cancer outcomes have differed between black men and other ethnic groups for decades. Could improving the way doctors talk and share information with black patients make a difference?
From left to right: Toya Tolson, Shawnte’ Spriggs, Sophia Harrison, Marcella Wright and Deborah Dyson. These women are aging with HIV, sometimes with other diseases and always with other challenges.
More people than ever are living with HIV, but people may overlook the fact that many of these long-term survivors are African-American women. They face unique social and health challenges.
Marcella Wright is one of about 140,000 African American women aging with HIV. Their needs are often unmet, and have been over the lifespan.
African-American women aging with HIV often have histories of abuse and trauma, in addition to other medical conditions. Here, a few share their stories.
An African American man in a hospital bed. Studies show that pain in African American patients is often not addressed.
Gaps in care and outcomes between African-Americans and white patients is a major concern to those who care about fairness in health care. Gaps in care also exist at end of life, too.
Policymakers are responding to a growing recognition of food as medicine.
Diet-related illnesses cost more than US$1 trillion and immeasurable human suffering and pain. Policymakers are beginning to understand that it makes sense to support food-as-medicine initiatives.
Even when black men attain higher education and greater social status, their health is still not as good as white men’s health, a study this year found.
If a person in the US has lots of money, he or she has access to some of the best health care in the world. The story is very different for poor people and minorities.
Mourners wait to attend the funeral of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 16, 2017 after Heyer was killed attending a rally to protest white nationalism.
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As death tolls rise from hate crimes, a psychiatrist wonders: Is it time to treat bigotry like a disease?
Discrimination creates gaps in care between white and black men.
White men hold more racial bias toward blacks than white women do, and this harms blacks' health in significant ways. It not only can lead to some diseases but also impedes treatment.
A significant number of transgender and non-binary people report discrimination when seeking medical and social services.
Outed. Denied care. Openly harassed. These are just a few of the experiences reported by American transgender and non-binary individuals when seeking medical care or social services.
Students at Hampton University celebrate at graduation on May 9. 2010. Studies suggest, however, that the benefits African American students accrue from education will be fewer than those of whites.
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Many in the US believe that all people can gain riches and education simply by working hard. Here's why that is not true for those have been denied rights and privileges for generations.
African-American women at a breast cancer awareness walk in Rego Park, New York.
Research has resulted in advances in treating breast cancer in recent decades, but a wide gap exists in mortality rates between African-American women and white women. Here's a look into why.
African-American women are about three times more likely to be diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease.
Researchers have long been looking for clues into how to treat triple negative breast cancer. Could fighter blood cells that infiltrate the tumor provide insight?
Wealthy and healthy.
More seniors are reporting good health in recent years, but gains are primarily among more advantaged groups.
Debbie Ziegler, mother of the late Brittany Maynard, in Sacramento in September 2015, encouraging the passage of California’s End-of-Life Options Act. Maynard, who had brain cancer, had to move to Oregon so she could end her life legally in 2014.
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People who seek aid in dying tend to be white men older than 65, a new analysis shows. While this could be due to religious views, here's why it could also be because of lack of access.
A homeless camp in Los Angeles, where homelessness has risen 23 percent in the past year, in May 2017.
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Americans, an independent group, tend to believe that people can "pull themselves up by their boot straps." Yet bigger forces are at play in a person's ability to gain education, a good job and money.