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Access to High-Quality Cancer Care Eliminates Racial Disparities in Survival, Study Finds

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A recent Stanford Cancer Institute study shows that adherence to the NCCN Guidelines® for Colon Cancer in an integrated health care setting improves outcomes in all patients, including minorities.

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Book Traces History of Racism, Race-Based Psuedo-Science

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When it comes to race, too many people still mistake bigotry for science, argues Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist Robert W. Sussman, PhD, in his new book, “The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea.” The book traces racist ideas to their origin and illustrates how racist myths live on in modern society.

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Immigration, Taxes, National Security, Jobs and the Economy: Experts Needed on Obama's State of the Union Tuesday

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Expert: Martin Luther King’s Vision Makes Progress, Still Not Fulfilled

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University of Tennessee Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America

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As the nation pauses to recognize civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor is reflecting on the country's racial history in a different way—by examining plantations.

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Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws Negatively Affects Immigrant Hispanics’ Use of Health Care

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State and local enforcement of federal immigration laws can have an adverse impact on the use of health care services by immigrant Hispanics, according to a North Carolina-based study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers.

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Bridging the Gap: Using Dialogues on Race to Bring a Community Together

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In the current climate of increasingly strained race relations in cities across the United States, how can communities engage in productive rather than destructive struggle to become more thriving and diverse places? A recent article in the Journal of Applied Communication Research found that dialogue centered on difference can be a powerful force for change.

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Is Care Best in the West? Study Finds Racial Gaps in Medicare Advantage Persist Across U.S., Except in West

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Despite years of effort to help American seniors with high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes get their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under control, new research shows wide gaps between older people of different ethnic backgrounds in all three of these key health measures.

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Simple Model Predicts Progression of Kidney Disease Among Socially Disadvantaged Patients

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• A simple model using 5 commonly available variables from electronic health records adequately discriminates between socially disadvantaged individuals with chronic kidney disease who will and will not progress to kidney failure.

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Physician Behaviors May Contribute to Disparities in Mental Health Care

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The way medical doctors assess, treat and refer racial and ethnic minorities for mental health services may contribute to disparities in their use, according to a new study in Health Services Research.