Genes Don’t Cause Racial-Health Disparities, Society Does

For many years, researchers speculated that what they couldn’t explain about disparities must be the fingerprint of some mysterious genetic component. But since they are now able to scan the entire genome, this speculation appears both lazy and wrong. When it comes to why many black people die earlier than white people in the U.S., Kaufman and his colleagues show …

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New Study Finds Disparities in Coverage, Access to Care Among Four Largest States

A new Commonwealth Fund study suggests that some of the differences in insurance coverage rates and affordability of care among the nation’s four largest states may be attributable to health insurance policies in these states before and after the Affordable Care Act took effect. Read more about it here. Share this, please:

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Study Shows Medical Schools Lack Exercise Courses

Among 118 accredited schools of medicine and osteopathic medicine, the report found that 82 percent of the schools reviewed did not require students to take any exercise-related courses, and that fewer than half of the physicians trained in the United States enrolled in exercise courses in 2013. Read more about it and listen to the Think Out Loud audio here. Share this, please:

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Do You Want A Blood Pressure Check With That Haircut?

At Champion’s barbershop in Northeast Portland men can get a “frohawk, a razor shave, or a mustache trim. They can also get their blood pressure checked, thanks to a new heath partnership called Cuts and Checks. Read and Listen to the OPB story here. Share this, please:

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Women Having A Heart Attack Don’t Get Treatment Fast Enough

­ Each year more than 15,000 women under the age of 55 die of heart disease in the United States. And younger women are twice as likely to die after being hospitalized for a heart attack as are men in the same age group. Studies show that women tend to wait much longer than men to get emergency care for …

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