Good News, Bad News on Black Americans and Cancer

By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A new report on how Black Americans are faring against cancer offers up a decidedly mixed picture. The risk that a Black man or woman in America will die from cancer has steadily declined over the last two decades, the newly published research … Read more

Women, Black Patients With Chest Pain Wait Longer in ERs

By Robert Preidt HealthDay ReporterHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Women and people of color with chest pain — the most common symptom signaling a heart attack — face longer waits in U.S. emergency departments than men and white people do, new research reveals. For the study, researchers analyzed data on more … Read more

Fewer Black Men Get High-Tech Prostate Cancer Therapy

By Robert Preidt HealthDay ReporterHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Use of a high-tech radiation cancer treatment called proton beam therapy (PBT) has increased overall in the United States, but Black patients are getting it less often than white patients, two new studies show. Traditional radiation treatment is photon-based, but PBT uses … Read more

Race Plays Huge Role in Dementia Risk

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans have an increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia as they age — for reasons that are not entirely understood, a large new study finds. The study, of nearly 1.9 million older U.S. veterans, found that compared with … Read more

Black, Senior Patients More Likely to Get Unneeded Antibiotics

April 20, 2022 – Black and senior patients are more likely to be overprescribed antibiotics, according to a new study of 7 billion trips to health care centers – findings that doctors say warrant a further look into unequal prescription practices. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center found that 64% of antibiotic … Read more

New Digital Program Targets Uncontrolled Diabetes in Black Community

March 14, 2022 — A new clinical trial is using digital tools to teach underserved communities how to keep type 2 diabetes in check. Researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita are looking for 70 Black residents in Wichita, KS, who have uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes, a long-term disease that hinders your body’s … Read more

Black MDs Shatter Stereotypes, Promote Diversity on Instagram

Mar. 4, 2022 — Many applaud social media for connecting the world with the touch of a button. Others cite the opportunity to grow businesses without heavy marketing costs. But for a group of Black doctors, social media marks the chance to celebrate the ability to narrow racial disparities in medicine. “You’re a young adult … Read more

Study: Black Men Twice as Likely to Develop Prostate Cancer as Whites

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Even in a setting where white and Black people have equal access to medical care, Black Americans fare worse than whites in terms of prostate cancer, new research shows. A review of nearly 8 million men seen at America’s Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals … Read more

Black Men Get Better Outcomes From Radiation for Prostate Cancer

By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A new analysis uncovers a racial paradox in prostate cancer care: While Black men are often diagnosed later and with more aggressive disease than white men, radiation therapy seems to work better for them than for their white peers. To come to that … Read more