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Oft-Assumed Reasons for Racial Obesity Disparities May Not Be Only Cause, Study Says

African-Americans have higher obesity rates than do whites, and while socioeconomic status is often believed to be the root cause, a new UAB study suggests other factors should be considered.

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Meaning Of ‘The American Dream’ Different For Minorities, Whites

Though owning a home is considered the American dream, race can influence just how sweet that dream actually is.

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Local and Market-Driven Priorities Widen Global Health Gap

a new analysis of nearly 4 million scientific articles finds that research is disproportionately focused on diseases that primarily afflict wealthy countries. Correspondingly, less research attention is given to diseases of the developing world, increasing global health disparities.

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Brain Scans Link Concern for Justice with Reason, Not Emotion

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People who care about justice are swayed more by reason than emotion, according to new brain scan research from the University of Chicago Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience.

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Time, Trust and Transparency Keys to Minority Biospecimen Collection

Biospecimen collection among diverse populations lags far behind that of whites. In work aimed at boosting these collection rates, researchers at UC Davis and collaborators at three other institutions found that Asian, African and Hispanic Americans are open to donating specimens for research when clinicians and scientists adopt the right strategies.

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Equity of Care Begins with Us: Tell Someone

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Through eight-word stories, the University of Michigan Health System is asking the nation to describe what health care equity means to them and how it can be attained across all segments of society in the U.S. and worldwide. People can connect online or write their eight words on cards distributed at the U-M campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. Spurred by disparities in health care driven by social, racial, ethnic, gender, economic and geographic status, the U-M is focusing attention on how health care equity must be a national priority.

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Black Students and the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

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Playing As Black: Avatar Race Affects White Video Game Players

What happens when white video game players see themselves as black characters in a violent game?A new study suggests some disturbing answers.

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Minority Disparities Evident in Prostate Cancer Survival Rate

A Mayo Clinic study reviewed data on more than 290,000 men with prostate cancer from the past 20 years and found that African-American men are at increased risk for poorer survival rate following prostate cancer treatment compared to other minority groups. The study was recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Joint Cancer Center Study Finds Barriers to Minority Clinical Trial Participation

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A new study involving researchers from UC Davis and four other National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers reveals important barriers that limit minority group participation in cancer clinical trials, findings that will be used to refine and launch more effective strategies to assure that more minorities benefit from clinical trials.

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