Survey Highlights Unequal U.S. Health Care System

June 21, 2021 — Keeva Blackwood, Deidra Fryer, and Tricia Stewart Moody have a few things in common. They all live in Maryland, all of them are Black mothers, and they all believe the medical community in this country discriminates against African Americans. They say they or their loved ones have experienced discrimination in a … Read more

Hospitals: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black Americans

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Black COVID-19 patients in the United States are more likely to die than white patients, but there would be 10% fewer deaths among Black patients if they could get the same level of hospital care as white people, according to new research. … Read more

JAMA Editor Steps Down Amid AMA Shakeup

June 1, 2021 — Howard Bauchner, MD, will step down as editor-in-chief of JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association — one of the most widely circulated medical journals in the world — after fallout from a February podcast and tweet about structural racism in medicine. The announcement comes just days after a … Read more

AMA Announces Major Commitment to Health Equity

May 13, 2021 — The American Medical Association has released a 3-year strategic plan to counter longstanding health inequities that hurt marginalized communities and to improve the AMA’s own performance in this regard.  The 82-page report, which was created by the association’s Center for Health Equity, argues for both internal changes at the AMA … Read more

Bipartisan group to hold police reform talks as George Floyd Act stalls in Senate

Representative Karen Bass, a Democrat from California and chair of the Democratic Black Caucus, speaks during an event with members of the Democratic caucus on the East Front steps of the U.S. Capitol before a vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Stefani … Read more

Commentary: After Chauvin Verdict, Time to Get to Work

April 22, 2021 — On Tuesday, April 20, the country braced for the impact of the verdict in the murder trial of George Floyd. If we are completely honest, the country — and particularly the African-American community — had significant doubts the jury would render a guilty verdict, despite overwhelming evidence presented by prosecutors. … Read more

Top JAMA Editor Out Amid Podcast Investigation

March 25, 2021 — One of the top research journals in the United States has placed its editor in chief on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a controversial podcast episode that critics labeled as racist. The American Medical Association’s Journal Oversight Committee announced that Howard Bauchner, MD, is on leave beginning at … Read more

Fallout from JAMA Podcast Continues

March 10, 2021 — One of the country’s top medical research journals is facing calls for an investigation after a controversial — and since deleted — podcast questioned whether structural racism exists. More than 2,000 people have signed a petition on calling for an investigation at JAMA — the journal of the American … Read more

Dr. Seuss books shoot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list

Dr. Seuss’ never-before-published book, “What Pet Should I Get?” is seen on display on the day it is released for sale at the Books and Books store on July 28, 2015 in Coral Gables, United States. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Books by Dr. Seuss have flooded Amazon‘s U.S. bestseller list, after it was announced … Read more