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Study May Explain the Nation's Growing Racial Achievement Gap

While the social science community has understood the potential impact of a racial achievement gap for decades, its root causes and mechanisms have not been clearly defined. The unique data collected and the uncommon analysis presented by Morris and Perry postulate that racially disparate and exclusionary discipline (suspension and expulsion) in the schools is a critical, understudied factor in racial differences in educational achievement and success later in life. Research suggests that African-American students are three times as likely as white students to be academically suspended. Nationwide, one in six African-American students in public schools have been suspended at least once. In a comparison of suspended and never-suspended students, the suspended group fell nearly five grade levels behind in only two years.

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Potential Cause Identified for Prostate Cancer Treatment Resistance Among African-American Men

Improper functioning of the mitochondria may help account for the fact that african-american men with prostate cancer respond poorly to conventional chemotherapy

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Cornell Expert on Latino Politics and Immigration Available to Comment on Trump’s Speech at Noon

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Professor Launches Project to Advance Scientific and Theological Literacy Among Madrasa Graduates in India

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With a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, has launched a three-year project to enrich scientific and theological literacy among recent graduates of Islamic seminaries in India.

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Researchers Find Moderate Vascular Risk in Southwest Native Population

In a newly published, pilot study in the journal Ethnicity & Disease, researchers report a relatively low prevalence of vascular risk among participants of the Southwest Heart Mind Study, especially among those treated for hypertension and hyperlipidemia despite overweight and obesity.

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Research Reveals Racial Disparities in Education Debt

Low-to-moderate income (LMI) black students and graduates accrue on average $7,721 more student debt than their white counterparts, finds a new analysis by researchers in the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis.“College in America is becoming increasingly unaffordable, and that is especially true for lower- and middle-income black households,” said Michal Grinstein-Weiss, associate director of the CSD, director of the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change and professor at the Brown School.

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Missed Nursing Care May Contribute to Racial Disparities in Rehospitalizations After Heart Attack

Why are black older adults at higher risk of repeat hospital admission after a heart attack? Treatment at hospitals with higher rates of missed nursing care may be a contributing factor, reports a study in the May issue of Medical Care.

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Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill Signifies Victory for African and Native Americans

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Preventing Birth Defects: UGA Child Health Expert Talks on FDA Decision to Fortify Corn Masa Flour

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Don’t Count on Strangers in Medical Emergencies, Especially if You’re African-American

So long, good Samaritans. In the first study of its kind, Cornell sociologists have found that people who have a medical emergency in a public place can’t necessarily rely on the kindness of strangers. Only 2.5 percent of people, or 1 in 39, got help from strangers before emergency medical personnel arrived, in research published April 14 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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'Unmet Nursing Care' May Contribute to Racial Disparities in Rehospitalizations after Heart Attack

Why are black older adults at higher risk of repeat hospital admission after a heart attack? Treatment at hospitals with higher rates of missed nursing care may be a contributing factor, reports a study in the May issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Family Dynamics Cause Major Stress for Latino Immigrant Families

Threats to familismo — deeply held cultural beliefs about the centrality of family in daily life — are often a major source of stress for immigrants and can have a negative impact on their overall health and well-being as they move forward in a new country.

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Gene Variant Explains Racial Disparities in Adverse Reactions to Urate-Lowering Drug

A multi-institutional study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator finds significant racial disparities in the risk that patients being treated for gout will develop a serious, sometimes life-threatening adverse reaction to the most commonly prescribed medication.

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Exposure to American Indian Mascots Activates Stereotypes

Ethnic brand imagery, including American Indian mascots, can strengthen stereotypes, causing detrimental societal consequences, according to a newly published study conducted by a University of Montana researcher.

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Older Women, Especially Blacks, Receive Targeted Breast Cancer Treatment at Low Rates

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Study raises concerns about access to proven, yet expensive, drug therapy for HER2 subtype

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Researchers Find Lack of Racial Disparities for Insured Military Patients

Racial disparities are not present among military members and their dependents, a testament to the equality that exists in the armed services, according to a recent longitudinal analysis published by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) online in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

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Fathers Plays a Critical Role in Family Values for Mexican-Origin Youth

Past research has indicated that Latino families, particularly Mexican-origin families, tend to be more family oriented and place a significant emphasis on family time. New research from the University of Missouri found that a father's family values can predict family values held by Mexican-origin youth as well as family time for late adolescents. Research also indicated that the link between family time and young adults' depressive symptoms depended on parental acceptance and warmth.

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Mothers Say Middle-Class Status Little Protection Against Gendered Racism for Black Boys

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Study reveals how African American mothers parent young sons -- via 'bias-preparation' strategies -- to navigate 'Thug' image and vulnerabilities of African American masculinity.

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Journal Supplement Points Out Disparities Among African-American, White Smokers

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The percentage of African-American high school seniors who smoke has changed very little over the past two decades, University at Buffalo tobacco expert Gary Giovino reports in a journal supplement he co-edited.