NIMHD in the News - 2019

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Through the Racial Equity Lens Solving, Health Disparities

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October 3, 2019 — Dr. Courtney Aklin, NIMHD chief of staff, talks about solving health disparities in the video series Through the Racial Equity Lens produced by Montgomery County Council. As part of the national Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), the council is working to operationalize equity and integrate it into the decision-making process.

Workplace Quality, Not One Factor, Determines Worker Health, Job Safety: Study

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October 3, 2019 — The terms and conditions of employment — including pay, hours, schedule flexibility and job security — influence employees’ overall health as well as their risk of being injured on the job, according to new research from the University of Washington.

Obesity Linked to More Oral Corticosteroid Prescriptions in Children With Asthma

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Septermber 26, 2019 — Children who were obese and had asthma were more often prescribed oral corticosteroids, possibly indicating poorer symptom control, compared with their nonobese counterparts, regardless of ethnicity, according to a study published in the Journal of Asthma.

Participants sought for heart disease study

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Septermber 23, 2019 — Parent-and-child teams are being sought for participation in the Pacific Islands Cohort on Cardiometabolic Health program, a study on the potential risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Your Race May Factor in Which ER an Ambulance Takes You To

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Septermber 7, 2019 — In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine showed large differences between the EMS-transport destinations of black and Hispanic patients in comparison with their white counterparts.

Largest Study of Prostate Cancer in African American Men Recruiting Participants

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August 27, 2019 — The NIMHD-supported RESPOND study will examine the impact of social stressors, such as discrimination, socio-economic status, education, home life and location, and early life events, as well as genetic and biological factors, in the development and progression of prostate cancer in African-American men.

More Obesity Among Black Men who attend church often

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August 15, 2019 — Researchers have begun to understand how obesity can spread through social networks. For those frequenting the church, the authors write, the space “may facilitate the transfer of obesity” through shared social norms.

University of Miami receives $1.35M grant

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August 12, 2019 — The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has been awarded a competitive five-year renewal grant by NIMHD totaling $1.35 million to educate a new generation of health disparities scientists from different backgrounds.

Rural Latinas with breast cancer see "A New Dawn" thanks to Kaweah Delta, UCSF program

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August 9, 2019 — Dr. Anna Nápoles discusses the benefits of the Nuevo Amanecer — "A New Dawn" program co-funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program and the NIMHD.

An Interview with Dr. Courtney Aklin from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

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July 26, 2019 — In this featured interview, NIMHD Chief of Staff Dr. Aklin discussed the most promising strategies for addressing disparities in minority mental health in primary care.

Educational Program Seen to Aid Doctor-Patient Communication and Care Among Black Women in US

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July 15, 2019 — An educational self-management program can benefit African-American women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), improving doctor-patient communication and helping patients manage side effects of their medications, a new study suggests.

Women of Color Face Higher Triple - Negative Breast Cancer Risk

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July 11, 2019 — Previous US studies have found racial disparities in triple-negative breast cancer diagnoses, but few have looked beyond the scope of one state. For the current study, researchers analyzed all breast cancer cases diagnosed during 2010–2014 from the United States Cancer Statistics database, a surveillance system of cancer registries with data representing 99 percent of the US population.

Food Insecurity Leading to Type 2 Diabetes

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June 26, 2019 — A collaborative study supported by NIMHD shows there is a strong connection between food insecurity and insulin resistance, the underlying problem in type 2 diabetes.

Americans are still eating a lot of processed meats, study finds

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June 21, 2019 — NIMHD-funded research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that although Americans are eating less red meat, consumption of processed meat has remained the same.

Relying strictly on genetic data from European descent may increase health care disparities

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June 20, 2019 — Relying strictly on genetic data from those of European descent, rather than more diverse populations, can exacerbate existing disease and increase health care disparities, according to new research.

Binge eating among women? Well, ODU will study that

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June 11, 2019 — Faculty from the psychology department at Old Dominion University received a four-year grant to study binge eating, a type of disordered behavior, in a racially diverse group of lesbian and heterosexual women.

NIH touts potential of IT to address healthcare disparities

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June 3, 2019 — The potential is great in actually helping to decrease health disparities if it’s done correctly,” observes Courtney Ferrell Aklin, chief of staff at NIMHD. “The opportunity is there, but we need to make sure that we’re mindful of how we go about using healthcare IT and ensure that we are using it for the benefit of all.

New study estimates preventable cancer burden linked to poor diet in the U.S.

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May 22, 2019 — The study, published today in JNCI Cancer Spectrum, estimates that diet-related factors may account for 80,110 of the new invasive cancer cases reported in 2015, or 5.2 percent of that year’s total among U.S. adults.

Puerto Rico Continues to Struggle From Devastation Caused by Hurricane Maria

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May 10, 2019 — Alex Ortega, PhD, professor and chair of Health Management and Policy in the Dornsife School of Public Health, now leads a team of researchers from the school and the University of Puerto Rico that is assessing psychiatric and substance use disorders among Puerto Rican residents after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

5% of adults in households with kids use e-cigarettes - raising the risks their children will develop asthma and become vapers later in life

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May 6, 2019 — Health experts have warned that e-cigarette vapor contains nicotine and ultra-fine particles, similarly to traditional cigarettes, which can raise the risk of health complications.

Ohio researchers investigate racial disparity in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

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April 12, 2019 — Two top researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are working with two other institutions on a federally funded project to investigate why Hispanics are more prone to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NIMHD is funding the study at nearly $614,000 for the first year.

Genetic tests reveal that the ancestry of some cancer cell lines is misclassified

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March 7, 2019 — A common prostate cancer cell line classified as African-American actually carries more than 90% European ancestry, study reports.

The Doctor Is In

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March, 2019 — The Maryland Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health was established in 2010 as an NIMHD Center of Excellence focusing on the elimination of health disparities and achieving health equity. One of their many outreach endeavors was recently highlighted by Leader’s Edge magazine. CHE Director Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., loves barbershops and saw a way to connect Black men to health providers while getting a haircut. This practice is designed to increase minority participation in clinical trials and empower them to take charge of their health by having periodical preventive health visits.

In NYC and Around the Country, Racial Skew Hampers Trials for New Medicines and Treatments

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February 4, 2019 — Health can be affected by things that may not even usually be thought of in relation to health, and some of these may affect non-White populations disproportionately.

Puerto Rico's 'fear lab' mentors neuroscience rigor amid diversity

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January 30, 2019 — "The retreat gave me the security to rely on the other people in the lab," noted a current undergraduate.


Friends' Vaping Could Pose Danger to Kids With Asthma

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January 9, 2019 — Add another danger that e-cigarettes pose to teenagers: A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in adolescents with the respiratory condition.