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Released: 22-May-2024 10:05 PM EDT
Nutbush fever: How the Ike and Tina Turner hit became Australia's dance sensation
University of South Australia

Researchers at the University of South Australia and Edith Cowan University in WA have explored the origins of the iconic Nutbush dance and how it became an Australian cultural phenomenon.

Released: 21-May-2024 8:00 AM EDT
From ‘Yellow Peril’ to COVID-19: New book takes unflinching look at anti-Asian racism
University of Colorado Boulder

Univerisity of Colorado Boulder professor Jennifer Ho, editor of a new collection about global Anti-Asian racism, shares insights on what’s driving it and how communities are fighting back.

Newswise: Spirometry Clinical Trial Eligibility May Differ With Race-Neutral Equations
13-May-2024 8:05 AM EDT
Spirometry Clinical Trial Eligibility May Differ With Race-Neutral Equations
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Equations that don’t use racially and ethnically adjusted spirometry results to help determine eligibility for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) clinical trials may lead to higher percentages of Black patients enrolled, according to research published at the ATS 2024 International Conference.

Newswise: Measuring Lung Function More Accurately and More Equitably
16-May-2024 1:30 PM EDT
Measuring Lung Function More Accurately and More Equitably
Harvard Medical School

Race-based assessments of lung function have historically assumed different levels of “normal” for different patient groups. New analysis shows that removing from lung function estimates would increase the number of Black patients diagnosed with serious disease.Greater estimated disease severity would change a patient’s diagnosis, disability compensation, eligibility for certain jobs.

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Released: 17-May-2024 10:05 AM EDT
MSU Expert: How Mental Health and Wellness Are Connected in the Black Community — and Beyond
Michigan State University

Mental health has become a part of wellness discussions in schools, workplaces and health care organizations. In higher education, there has been a greater focus on mental health as one component of wellness that supports students in learning and persisting through to graduation.

Released: 10-May-2024 12:05 PM EDT
Melanoma in darker skin tones: Race and sex play a role, Mayo study finds
Mayo Clinic

Melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer that accounts for 75% of all skin-cancer-related deaths, is often detected later in people with darker skin complexions — and the consequences can be devastating, a Mayo Clinic study reveals.

Newswise: ECHO Discovery Webinar: Unveiling Maternal Health Disparities: Addressing the Impact of Racism
Released: 7-May-2024 11:05 AM EDT
ECHO Discovery Webinar: Unveiling Maternal Health Disparities: Addressing the Impact of Racism
Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes NIH

Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha explores the historical and contemporary reproductive struggles faced by women of color in the United States, highlighting challenges such as medical bias, unequal access to resources, and inadequate prenatal care, while also discussing environmental influences on maternal and child health and community engagement strategies.

Newswise: A History of the First Asians in the Americas Became Personal
Released: 2-May-2024 8:30 AM EDT
A History of the First Asians in the Americas Became Personal
Tufts University

When most people in the U.S. think about Asian immigrants coming to the Americas, they often picture immigrants from China coming in the 1800s. The story, though, is much more complicated—and interesting. As Diego Javier Luis, assistant professor of history, describes in his new book The First Asians in the Americas, the full story starts with Spanish galleon ships traveling back and forth from Acapulco in Mexico to Manila in the Philippines in the mid-1500s, trading silver from the Americas for silks and other trade goods from Asia. But it wasn’t only goods. People from Asia, from as far afield as Gujarat in India to the Philippines, including some from China and Japan, came to colonial Mexico, many of them enslaved, some free. They were the first Asians in the Americas, and slowly fanned out across the continents. He delved deep into archives held in Spain, Mexico, the Philippines, and the U.S. to find the stories of those individuals and groups. He had learned Mandarin whil

Released: 1-May-2024 4:45 PM EDT
ACA CEO Testifies on Need for Improved Mental Health Care for Black Men and Boys
American Counseling Association

Today, American Counseling Association (ACA) CEO Shawn Boynes, FASAE, CAE, testified at a congressional hearing about the role counselors can play in providing support for Black men and boys and dismantling stigma around mental health concerns.

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Released: 1-May-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Episode 206 – How Equitable is the World of Sports?
University of Michigan Ross School of Business

On this episode of the Business and Society podcast, Chris Rider, Thomas C. Kinnear Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, and Stefan Szymanski, professor of sport management, discuss their research and thoughts on recent trends in the sports industry. Rider and Szymanski study sports from a diversity, equity, and inclusion perspective.

Newswise: Rising hospital closures disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities
Released: 26-Apr-2024 6:05 AM EDT
Rising hospital closures disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities
University of Chicago Medical Center

An analysis by UChicago researchers revealed that hospitals are more likely to close in predominantly Black and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, potentially exacerbating existing health inequalities.

Released: 25-Apr-2024 4:05 PM EDT
Job losses help explain increase in drug deaths among Black Americans
Ohio State University

New research points to an economic factor that might be overlooked when considering why drug-related deaths among Black Americans increased significantly after 2010 in U.S. regions reporting heightened fentanyl activity: job losses that followed the Great Recession.

Released: 23-Apr-2024 4:05 PM EDT
New study points to racial and social barriers that block treatment for multiple myeloma
UC Davis Health

Socioeconomic factors are preventing some patients from accessing common treatment to stop progression of multiple myeloma.

Released: 23-Apr-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Majority of Acute Care Hospitals Do Not Admit Representative Proportion of Black Medicare Patients in Their Local Market
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A study analyzing a large sample of Medicare admissions at nearly 2,000 acute care hospitals nationwide during 2019 found that most hospitals—nearly four out of five—admitted a significantly different proportion of Black fee-for-service Medicare patients age 65 and older compared to the proportion of the same group of patients admitted to any hospital in that hospital’s market area.

Released: 16-Apr-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Analysis Group Researchers Identify Racial Disparities in Treatment of Metastatic Castration-Sensitive Prostate Cancer
Analysis Group

Researchers from Analysis Group, a global leader in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), have coauthored the first large-scale study that revealed racial disparities in treatment, survival, and access to care among patients with metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer (mCSPC) since the first novel hormonal therapy was approved in 2018.

Released: 15-Apr-2024 2:05 PM EDT
When your workday is ruined before it begins
University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

We know that being harassed at work affects an employee's performance, but what about being harassed during their commute? A researcher looks at the little-studied phenomenon of workers being harassed on their way into their workplace and how employers can support them.

Released: 15-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Higher rates of arrest for Black adults with psychological disorders
Ohio State University

Black adults who are experiencing emotion dysregulation and/or psychological disorders, particularly Black men, are more likely to be arrested than are white American adults with symptoms of the same level of severity, a new study has found.

Released: 12-Apr-2024 4:05 PM EDT
Report Finds Significant Gender and Racial Inequities in the Educational Measurement Profession
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Gender and racially based employment disparities, differences in perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and workplace discrimination remain significant issues in the field of educational measurement, according to a new report supported by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), and Women in Measurement (WIM).

8-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT
‘Deaths of despair’ among Black Americans surpassed those of white Americans in 2022
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new analysis by researchers at UCLA Health found that mortality rates of middle-aged Black Americans caused by the “deaths of despair” -- suicide, drug overdose and alcoholic liver disease – surpassed the rate of white Americans in 2022.

Newswise: Study Suggests Racial Discrimination During Midlife Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology Later in Life
8-Apr-2024 7:00 AM EDT
Study Suggests Racial Discrimination During Midlife Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology Later in Life
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Racial discrimination experienced during midlife is associated with Alzheimer’s disease pathology, according to a new study from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of Georgia. The findings appear online today in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Released: 9-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Joins Community Partners to Reduce Black Maternal Health Gap

Black women in the U.S. are three times more likely than white women to die, or become seriously ill, from pregnancy-related complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Addressing the complexity of causes behind poor health outcomes for Black mothers requires commitment, investment and innovation to produce measurable change.

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Released: 8-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Community Conversations: Shining a Light on Black Maternal Mental Health

Cedars-Sinai and BlackDoctor.org will host an important virtual conversation about the state of Black maternal mental health and address the importance of early diagnosis and access to effective treatment.

Newswise: Native UM Student Works to Create Missing Persons Database
Released: 8-Apr-2024 6:05 AM EDT
Native UM Student Works to Create Missing Persons Database
University of Montana

Haley Omeasoo was already studying forensic science at the University of Montana when she saw the poster that redefined her life.

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Released: 5-Apr-2024 12:05 PM EDT
The Vandal Theory Podcast - Season 6, Episode 7: Omi Hodwitz — Missing and Murdered Indigenous
University of Idaho

Meet Omi Hodwitz, an associate professor in the Department of Culture, Society and Justice at University of Idaho. Hodwitz and her students are compiling the most comprehensive database to date of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits in Canada and the United States.


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Age: an overlooked factor in higher education DEI initiatives
Washington University in St. Louis

As universities around the world strive to cultivate diverse and equitable communities, a recent study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis highlights the necessity of recognizing age as a fundamental dimension of diversity.

Released: 27-Mar-2024 12:05 PM EDT
$3M Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to fund gun violence research
UC Davis Health

UC Davis Health received a $3 million grant to support research by the Black & Brown Collective. The group is studying gun violence that disproportionately impacts marginalized communities.

Released: 27-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Researchers Explore Health-Promoting Behaviors of African American and Black Immigrant Men
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

African American and Black immigrant men prioritize their health and possess the necessary skills for proactive gastrointestinal (GI) health management, according to a Rutgers Health study.

Released: 26-Mar-2024 7:05 PM EDT
MSU researchers create a new health equity evaluation tool for Genesee County and the city of Flint
Michigan State University

Community-based organizations, nonprofits, policymakers and local residents will benefit from the first Health Equity Report Card, or HERC, for Genesee County and the city of Flint.

Released: 26-Mar-2024 4:05 PM EDT
Depression in Black people goes unnoticed by AI models analyzing language in Social Media posts
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Analysis found that models developed to detect depression using language in Facebook posts did not work when applied to Black people's accounts

Newswise: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Study Shows Negative Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth Minority Mental Health
Released: 26-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Study Shows Negative Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth Minority Mental Health
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Recent historical, political and public health events, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic, have collectively contributed to increased stress and mental health challenges among many groups of people — including adolescents in racial and ethnic minorities.

Released: 26-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EDT
Young Black men are dying by suicide at alarming rates
University of Georgia

One in three rural Black men reported they experienced suicidal ideation or thoughts of death in the past two weeks, reports a new study from the University of Georgia. Childhood adversity and racism may hold much of the blame.

Newswise: Study: Black men may be less likely to receive heart transplant than white men, women
Released: 26-Mar-2024 7:55 AM EDT
Study: Black men may be less likely to receive heart transplant than white men, women
Indiana University

Black patients in need of a heart transplant may be less likely to receive one than white patients, according to a new study led by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers.

Released: 25-Mar-2024 12:05 PM EDT
Friend or foe: A closer look at the role of health care algorithms in racial and ethnic disparities
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

For years, it was harder for Black patients to secure a coveted spot on the national kidney transplant waitlist because a clinical algorithm was making Black patients appear healthier than they were.

Newswise: High neighborhood eviction rate may harm Black moms’ mental health
Released: 25-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
High neighborhood eviction rate may harm Black moms’ mental health
Ohio State University

Living in a neighborhood with high eviction rates over time is associated with higher rates of psychological distress among pregnant Black women compared to those who live in areas with lower eviction rates, a new study has found.

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Released: 20-Mar-2024 4:30 PM EDT
Young African students call out racial stereotypes in TikTok first
University of South Australia

Assumptions, misconceptions, and stereotypes – no one wants to be judged by how they look or where they’re from. But for many Black African students, that’s their reality and it’s taking a serious toll on their wellbeing and sense of belonging.

Newswise: Sylvester receives 2 US Department of Defense grants to study endometrial cancer in Black women
Released: 19-Mar-2024 11:05 PM EDT
Sylvester receives 2 US Department of Defense grants to study endometrial cancer in Black women
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have received two new three-year, $1 million grants from the U.S. Department of Defense to study endometrial cancer in Black women who were born in the U.S., the Caribbean and West Africa.

Released: 18-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EDT
American Society of Nephrology and Home Dialysis University Expand Collaboration to Enhance Home Therapies Education for Nephrology Fellows
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and Home Dialysis University (HDU) launched a collaboration in 2023 to improve nephrology trainees’ knowledge, proficiency, and exposure to home dialysis therapies.

Released: 15-Mar-2024 9:15 AM EDT
Study of Fatal and Nonfatal Shootings by Police Reveals Racial Disparities, Dispatch Risks
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions and Vanderbilt University found that an average of 1,769 people were injured annually in police shootings from 2015 to 2020, 55 percent of them or 979 people, fatally.

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11-Mar-2024 5:05 PM EDT
Uncovering why more Black women than ever are being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Women are more likely than men to get diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable disease that affects the central nervous system.

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Released: 12-Mar-2024 2:05 PM EDT
Colorectal cancer ‘not an old people’s disease anymore’
University of Washington School of Medicine

Dr. Issaka’s comments follow the January release of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer statistical report for 2024. Among people under 50 in the U.S., the report said, colorectal cancer is currently the No. 1 cause of cancer death among men and the No. 2 cause of death among women.

Released: 12-Mar-2024 6:05 AM EDT
Same ER. Same patient. Different visit. Different race and ethnicity?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The effort to find and fight health disparities relies on data from millions of patients, including their race and ethnicity. But a new study finds the same patient might have different data recorded at separate ER visits.

Released: 11-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Study Shows An Anti-Racist School Program Didn’t Stress Out Kids
North Carolina State University

A new study of how high school students respond to a program designed to increase the frequency and quality of conversations about race in school finds that the anti-racist intervention did not cause stress or feelings of alienation among study participants.

Released: 11-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Establishes Institute for Equity and Justice in Health Sciences Education
Mount Sinai Health System

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai announced today the establishment of the Institute for Equity and Justice in Health Sciences Education. The Institute will expand upon Icahn Mount Sinai’s anti-racist, anti-biased learning and training environment in medical and graduate education.

Released: 11-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EDT
Study Identifies Successful Methods to Recruit South Asian Women for Breast Cancer Research
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Health experts, conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic, found that radio is an effective recruitment tool