Coronavirus spotlights health inequity that was already bad

COVID-19 reveals the gaps in access to health care and in the health of Americans from marginalized groups. But it's a chance to work towards health equity, too.

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL
March 31, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine covid-19 health-care-costs money race-and-ethnicity socioeconomic-status

Speech recognition is half as accurate with black speech

The top five automated speech recognition systems—used by employers and courts—make double the errors when black speakers use them, research finds.

Edmund L. Andrews-Stanford
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bias race-and-ethnicity speech voice-technology

Obama’s 2008 election boosted black men’s mental health

Black men reported experiencing fewer poor mental health days after the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama. Black women reported more.

Amy McCaig-Rice University
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine society-and-culture barack-obama elections gender race-and-ethnicity us-presidents united-states

Self-employment may offer a refuge from racism

Black people who believe racism has a big impact on their lives are more likely to seek self-employment, according to new research.

Amy McCaig-Rice University
March 23, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture bias jobs money race-and-ethnicity racism

Team stamps out myth about Native Americans and smoking

Despite previous study's findings, new research shows that white people are smoking more cigarettes and are more nicotine dependent than Native Americans.

U. Arizona
March 20, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cigarettes poverty race-and-ethnicity smoking stereotypes

Children of color more likely to die of cancer

Racial and ethnic minority children are at a higher risk of dying from cancer. The new study also finds the gaps are bigger for more treatable cancers.

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL
Feb. 28, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer childrens-health race-and-ethnicity

How would reparations for African Americans actually work?

Sandy Darity is an expert on the feasability of reparations, but he was once skeptical of their practicality. Here's his plan for making them happen.

Duke University
Feb. 24, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture discrimination history money race-and-ethnicity slavery united-states

More education may mean a longer life expectancy

Education is the best way to predict life expectancy, researchers report. The more education people have, the longer they tend to live.

Bill Hathaway-Yale
Feb. 24, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine death education life-expectancy race-and-ethnicity united-states

Sleep and friends buffer teens against discrimination

Sleeping well can help teens better cope with racial discrimination, a new study shows. It also finds that friends, not parents, help teens handle bias.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State
Feb. 21, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine discrimination emotions race-and-ethnicity sleep stress teenagers

African Americans forged free lives in Civil War refugee camps

Civil War refugee camps, where many African Americans lived just before the end of slavery, show "how African Americans made and lived out freedom on their own terms."

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis
Feb. 19, 2020 | futurity

~12 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture history race-and-ethnicity refugees slavery us-civil-war united-states

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