Focus on Health: Race and Poverty and Immigration in America Today

April 26th, 2013
Written by D. A. Barber in Focus on Health with 0 Comments
Cancer Deaths Remain High In Blacks Every April, health organizations work to raise awareness about cancer among minorities during National Minority Health Month, including National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. Several new studies indicate the racial gap for cancer deaths remain stubbornly high for blacks in a number of cancers that are easily detectable. Estimates for 2013 indicate that 176,...
April 3rd, 2013
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Is Nebraska guilty of health insurance discrimination for African-American employees, and if so, how prevalent is the practice in other states. Or, is the state of Nebraska a unique case? The Nebraska Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case alleging that the state discriminated against its African-American employees by offering less health insurance coverage to state workers living in...
March 6th, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Set on a gritty corner of Oakland's International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement...
February 27th, 2013
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It appears that it is a common occurrence where patients refuse treatment from a provider because of race. It's been called one of medicine's "open secrets" - allowing patients to refuse treatment by a doctor or nurse of another race. In the latest example, a white man with a swastika tattoo insisted that black nurses not be allowed to touch his newborn. That led several black nurses to sue the...
February 13th, 2013
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This is a very active year for Influenza [flu], says Dr. Michael Palestine, Southwest Care Center Family Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “One of the biggest challenges faced during Influenza season is disseminating a clear and accurate message to those at greatest risk of acquiring and experiencing complications from this infection.” Palestine says that this gap in understanding engenders “...

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