More health inequality: Black people are 3 times more likely to experience pulse oximeter errors

Low oxygen levels can be a sign that a patient is in danger. A device that measures oxygen levels has been shown to miss low oxygen levels in Black people much more often than in white people.

Susan Dorr Goold, Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan Medical School • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

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Racism at the county level associated with increased COVID-19 cases and deaths

Blacks are at greater risk of dying from COVID-19 than whites. A study that examined racism at the country level had surprising results.

Lisa T. Wigfall, Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~9 min

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Racial discrimination ages Black Americans faster, according to a 25-year-long study of families

A study of 800 Black American families shows early experiences of racism have long-term consequences for physical and mental health.

Sierra Carter, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Georgia State University • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Hispanics live longer than most Americans, but will the US obesity epidemic change things?

Hispanics born in the US have worse health outcomes than Hispanics in the US who were born in countries from which they emigrated.

Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~9 min

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Distance learning makes it harder for kids to exercise, especially in low-income communities

With many schools closed, children's health could suffer.

Keshia Pollack Porter, Professor of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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How a new way of parsing COVID-19 data began to show the breadth of health gaps between Blacks and whites

Getting the real answers on health gaps requires a deep dive into the demographics.

David R. Buys, State Health Specialist and Associate Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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How California’s COVID-19 surge widens health inequalities for Black, Latino and low-income residents

California’s COVID-19 disparities are sobering. Everyone is at risk, but low-income, Black and Latino residents are dying at higher rates.

Andrea N. Polonijo, Medical Sociologist, University of California, Riverside • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

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COVID-19 makes clear that bioethics must confront health disparities

A bioethicist argues that the problem of health disparities existed long before COVID-19 struck with a vengeance in marginalized communities.

Joseph J. Fins, The E. William Davis Jr, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

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How racism in US health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans

COVID-19 has again demonstrated the health inequities that exist between African-Americans and whites.

Ukamaka M. Oruche, Associate Professor & Director of Global Programs, Indiana University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

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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.

April Thames, Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~9 min

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