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Arrests, Cries of Racial Profiling End Feds' China Initiative

Arrests, Cries of Racial Profiling End Feds' China Initiative

March 9, 2022 — Early one morning, federal agents swarmed the home of Gang Chen to arrest him. The commotion woke his family as agents handcuffed him to take him away. The mechanical engineer from MIT was booked on charges that he failed to disclose research funding from Chinese entities, and he was placed in […]

Sajid Javid: 'Medical device racial bias not acceptable'

A review into whether medical devices are equally effective regardless of the patient’s ethnicity has been ordered by Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Research suggests oximeters, which are clipped to a person’s finger, can overstate the level of oxygen in the blood of people from ethnic minorities. Ministers want to know whether bias could have prevented […]

How Med Schools Are Fighting Racial Disparities in Health Care

Photo Credits: Class: Wake Forest School of Medicine Patient Care: Michael Zhang / Getty Images Headshot: Naomi Nkinsi VBAC Calculator: WebMD eGFR: National Kidney Foundation Pulse Oximeter: Grace Cary / Getty Images Spirometer: microgen / Getty Images   Sources: Sarita Warrier, MD, interim associate dean for medical education, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI. Joel Bervell, student […]

Study Identifies Racial Differences in Patient Safety in Hospitals

July 26, 2021 — Black patients have a higher rate of adverse safety events than white patients when they are admitted to the same hospital, regardless of insurance coverage type or the percentage of hospitalized patients who are Black, according to a new Urban Institute study. The study, which was funded by the […]

Racial Disparities Persist in Vaccinations, CDC Data Shows

Easing Fears in Hispanic Communities Some states are reporting higher vaccination rates among Hispanics than white and Black residents, which Bibbins-Domingo said fits with surveys showing high enthusiasm for vaccination among Hispanics. It also indicates that some of the reported barriers may have been addressed more effectively in those states, she said. […]

Racial disparities and early-onset colorectal cancer: A call to action

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of death from cancer in both men and women in the US. Thanks in large part to increased screening of those over age 50 in last decade, overall CRC rates have been falling among the general population. However, the incidence of CRC among younger individuals in the […]

Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

Jasmine Souers was 25 when she noticed a discharge from her nipples. Concerned, she went to get it checked out. At first, her doctors dismissed the possibility of breast cancer, saying, she’s “too young.” She didn’t feel any lumps. A mammogram — a type of breast X-ray — and an ultrasound — a scan […]

What’s behind racial disparities in kidney disease?

My first exposure to kidney disease and its impact on communities of color occurred when I was in high school. An elderly neighbor, who was like a grandfather to me, had been diagnosed with kidney failure. At about the same time, my older first cousin, who had children about my age, was starting dialysis due […]