Diverse Health

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Share of African American Men Pursuing Medicine Hits Historic Low

by Giorgia Guglielmi / May 23, 2018

Even as US diversity initiatives try to increase the representation of minority ethnic groups in science and medicine, the proportion of black men pursuing such careers is reaching historic lows. In 1986, 57% of African American medical-school graduates were men — but by 2015 that share had dropped to just 35%, even as the total […]

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Administration Rejects a State’s Request to End Mandate

by Mike Stankiewicz / May 23, 2018

The federal government rejected the Buckeye State’s request to end the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a letter (PDF) last week that Ohio’s request was incomplete and did not include a plan to ensure the number of people with insurance doesn’t fall. According to the letter, the state […]

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Stress Takes Toll on Lesbians, Bisexuals

by Trish Bendix / May 23, 2018

Among the myths about lesbian and bisexual women that have persisted over the years, few are as based in truth as that they tend to be more at risk for certain health issues. One of those has to do with their physical health, specifically their being at risk for Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Heather […]

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Native Americans Feel Under Siege

by Evan Halper / May 16, 2018

Every time black dust blows through the windswept Moapa River Indian Reservation about an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, residents grow more unnerved. This tribal community of just 225 has seen more than its share of sickness. Tribal council member Vickie Simmons watched her brother, a former coal plant worker, die at age 31 from […]

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Nurse Charged in Patient’s Death after a Fall

/ May 16, 2018

A nurse was charged Thursday in the death of the father of President Trump’s former national security advisor after authorities said she failed to give him a series of neurological exams after his fall at a Philadelphia senior care facility. Christann Shyvin Gainey, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, neglect and records tampering in the […]

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Low-Cost Approach Tackles Disease Afflicting World’s Poorest

by University of Sussex / May 23, 2018

Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) are asking governments in the developing world to adopt a low-cost, community-based approach to prevent acute attacks that occur in patients with a devastating neglected tropical disease. A new study published in The Lancet Global Health shows that a simple package of self-care significantly reduced “acute attacks” among podoconiosis […]


It’s Complicated

by Abraham Schwab

One of my favorite memes came from one of the telling absurdities uttered by Donald Trump: “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.” In a functional administration (of any sort) when the top administrator becomes aware of their ignorance in an area, they would rely upon experts who can provide background, information, and guidance. It seems that […]

Gag Rule

by Jen Herrick

Dear Secretary Azar, As organizations dedicated to improving access to high-quality, affordable health care for all people, we write to register our grave concerns should your agency consider undermining the Title X family planning program by instituting a domestic “gag rule.” The rule, which was first advanced by the Reagan administration in 1988, is nothing […]