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Diabetes and Kidney Disease May Increase African Americans’ Cardiovascular-Related Risks

Highlight • Diabetes and kidney disease, separately and together, were linked with increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular mortality in African Americans living in Mississippi.

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Psychiatric Diagnostic Tools May Not Be Valid for African Americans

Depression in African Americans, according to Sirry Alang, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Lehigh University, is expressed in ways that are inconsistent with symptoms of depression laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The DSM-V is the primary source of diagnostic information, relied upon by not only clinicians and researchers, but also psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the legal system, and policy makers.

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State Judges Are Not Representative of the People They Serve

State courts handle more than 90 percent of trials and judicial business issues that impact Americans the most—safety, health, finances and family. In the last decade alone roughly a billion cases have gone through the state judicial system. A first-of-its-kind database of more than 10,000 current state judges shows when it comes to race, gender and ethnicity, these courts are not representative of the people they serve.

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Getting a Better Handle on Hispanics’ Health

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Medical researchers, policymakers and providers are paying greater attention to race, national origin, immigration status and a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic factors in addressing the health of the country's large, growing and diverse Hispanic population.

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Racial Disparities Found in Children's Urologic Surgery

Black children who undergo urologic surgery are more likely than white children to have postsurgical complications and hospital-acquired infections 30 days after the surgery. Researchers studying a national database from over 50 U.S. pediatric hospitals suggest that hospitals and policy makers should expand efforts to reduce postoperative adverse events and health disparities in children.

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Study to Explore Role of Spirituality Among African-Americans with Chronic Illness

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Spirituality plays a central role in many aspects of African-American culture, and UAB School of Nursing postdoctoral scholar Deborah Ejem, Ph.D., will explore how significant a factor it is.

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To Love or Hate: Many in LGBTQ Community to Look Out for Muslims

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Supreme Court’s Actions in Affirmative Action Case Could Harm Diversity Among Professions for Years, Expert Says

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Son of One of First White Students at Meharry Medical College Creates Feature-Length Movie About His Father's Experience

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Poster for “Service to Man.” TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama theatre professor Seth Panitch recently completed a full, feature-length film that has been selected as one of 25 films to be showcased in the 20th American Black Film Festival, which begins next week. Festival judges have nominated Panitch’s film, “Service to Man,” for best screenplay, best direction and best film.

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Research Shows Relationship Between School Security and Race

Security measures in American high schools are meant to keep students safe. But research shows heightened security has unintended consequences.

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Interracial Friendships Decrease Over Time in Elementary and Middle School, with Teachers Playing a Hidden Role

As elementary and middle school students progress in school, they are less likely to have friends of a different race, even from the beginning to the end of a single school year, finds a study led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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ASCO: Hispanic and Black Young Adult Cancer Patients More Likely to Die of Their Disease

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Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black cancer patients between ages 15 and 29 may be more likely than same-aged white patients to die of their disease, according to a University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2016.

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Study Reveals Incarceration’s Hidden Wounds for African American Men

There’s a stark and troubling way that incarceration diminishes the ability of a former inmate to empathize with a loved one behind bars, but existing sociological theories fail to capture it, Vanderbilt University sociologists have found.

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Study Shows That Black Men with More West African Genes Have Lower Risk of Obesity

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Among black men, those with a high degree of West African genetic ancestry have less abdominal fat than those with a lower degree.

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Study Finds Evidence of Racial and Class Discrimination Among Psychotherapists

A new study suggests that psychotherapists discriminate against prospective patients who are black or working class.

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Study Investigates Why Blacks Have Higher Risk of Cognitive Impairment

Social and economic disadvantages play a significant role in why blacks face a much higher risk than whites of developing cognitive impairment later in life, indicates a national study led by a Michigan State University (MSU) sociologist.

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African-Americans, Men, Young Patients More Likely to Receive Neuroimaging, Study Shows

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A team led by Achala Vagal, MD, associate professor at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine researchers wanted to see whether differences in race, sex and/or age mattered when it came to neuroimaging use, and these findings, which showed a difference for young patients, men and African-Americans, will be presented at the American Society of Neuroradiology’s annual meeting May 25 in Washington, DC.

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African-American Girls in Low-Income, High-Crime Neighborhoods Experience Threats and Objectification, Georgia State Study Finds

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African-American girls in high-risk neighborhoods report encounters with aggression and sexual objectification, according to Georgia State University researchers.