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Inadequate Mental Health Care for Blacks with Depression and Diabetes, High Blood Pressure

A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry confirms that Blacks with depression plus another chronic medical condition, such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, do not receive adequate mental health treatment.

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African American Homeownership Increasingly Unstable

New forms of racial inequality make homeownership a risky investment for African-Americans, according to a new study by Cornell and Rice University sociologists.

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Saves Lives

A federal screening program markedly reduced death and illness from cervical cancer in underserved, low-income women but reached just 10 percent of the likely eligible population, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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NYU Researchers Tackle Racial/Ethnic Disparities in HIV Medical Studies

Study finds social/behavioral intervention vastly increased the number of African American and Latino individuals living with HIV/AIDS who enrolled in HIV/AIDS medical studies. Nine out of ten participants who were found eligible for studies decided to enroll, compared to zero participants among a control group.

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Small Changes to US Kidney Allocation Policy May Help Reduce Geographic Disparities in Transplantation

• In Tennessee and Florida, waiting times and other measures of geographic disparity in kidney transplantation became almost equal after the states adopted a Statewide Sharing variance to the national kidney allocation policy in the early 1990s. • Meanwhile, the geographic disparity in kidney transplantation became worse in other comparable states.

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Little Progress Made in Reducing Health Disparities for People with Disabilities

Mental distress in people with disabilities is associated with increased prevalence of chronic illness and reduced access to health care and preventive care services, finds a new study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

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Researchers Treat Incarceration as a Disease Epidemic, Discover Small Changes Help

By treating incarceration as an infectious disease, researchers show that small differences in prison sentences can lead to large differences in incarceration rates. The research was published in June in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 

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African American Women More Resistant to Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Aspirin than White Women

African American women respond differently to the anti-inflammatory effect of aspirin than do white American women, new research finds. The results were presented Monday, June 23 at ICE/ENDO 2014, the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago.

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Creating Friendships Between African-American and Caucasian Couples Can Reduce Prejudice

Recent research findings from Wayne State University show that the physical presence of romantic partners in intergroup friendships – friendships with different racial and ethnic groups, religious groups, or sexual orientations – positively influences interactions with people who are perceived to be different from themselves.

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Study Documents Important Differences in Hospitalization Rates Among Racial and Ethnic Groups on Dialysis

• During the first year of dialysis, white patients overall had higher hospitalization rates than blacks and Hispanics, but younger black patients, older black patients, and older Hispanic patients had increased hospitalization rates compared with whites of similar ages. • Both blacks and Hispanics were at greater risk of hospitalization due to dialysis-related infections than whites.

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