Despite some advances, women still face disparities of the global burden of stroke

DALLAS, Jan. 25, 2021 — The continued global burden of stroke and how it disproportionately affects women are highlighted in new science published online today in the February issue of Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association. Stroke editors selected nine manuscripts focused on stroke disparities in […]

Significant disparities in telemedicine use, especially among older and POC patients

After “COVID-19,” the term that most people will remember best from 2020 is likely to be “social distancing.” While it most commonly applied to social gatherings with family and friends, it has impacted the way many receive medical care. Historically, the United States has been relatively slow to broadly adopt telemedicine, largely emphasizing in-person visits. […]

Obesity, eating disorder disparities among sexual, gender minority children

What The Study Did: The likelihood of having obesity or eating disorders was compared between sexual and gender minority children ages 9 to 10 and other children in this study. Authors: Natasha A. Schvey, Ph.D., of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed […]

Similar factors cause health disparities in cancer, COVID-19

IMAGE: John Carethers, M.D. view more  Credit: Michigan Medicine ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Income level, employment, housing location, medical insurance, education, tobacco and alcohol use, diet and obesity, access to medical care. These are some of the factors causing worse cancer outcomes in people who are Black. The same factors are also causing worse outcomes from […]

Implementing policies and strategies to eliminate racial disparities could improve outcomes for both diseases — ScienceDaily

Income level, employment, housing location, medical insurance, education, tobacco and alcohol use, diet and obesity, access to medical care. These are some of the factors causing worse cancer outcomes in people who are Black. The same factors are also causing worse outcomes from COVID-19 in this population. “The similarities between COVID-19 issues and cancer disparities […]

Chest pain risk assessment may reduce treatment disparities

The use of a standardized tool for assessing the risk of serious outcomes in patients with chest pain was associated with women at high risk receiving comparable care to men, according to new research published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Care received by women at low and intermediate risk was consistent with current clinical […]

Expanded birth control coverage may help reduce disparities in unplanned pregnancies

Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, and there’s a wide gap between the most affluent women who are likely to have access to the most reliable forms of birth control and those from lower income households. But removing out-of-pocket costs for contraception may help reduce the income-related disparities that play such a […]

Study reveals details behind transplant disparities experienced by black patients

Highlights In an analysis of information on patients with kidney failure, Black patients are less likely than white patients to be placed on transplant waiting lists. For patients on such lists, Blacks are less likely to receive transplants than whites. Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October […]

Study reveals disparities in access to high-quality surgical care

Among U.S. patients diagnosed with breast, prostate, lung, or colorectal cancer from 2004 to 2016, those who were uninsured or had Medicare or Medicaid were less likely than privately insured patients to receive surgical care at high-volume hospitals. The findings are published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS). The study […]