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Are hair dyes, straighteners harmful? New study shows link to breast cancer among women.

December 11, 2019


Women who use permanent hair dye or chemically straighten their hair might be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer—but cancer researchers are cautioning that the findings do not show causation and should be viewed in the appropriate context.

How Pete Buttigieg wants to tackle health care disparities

December 5, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Tuesday released a plan intended to combat inequality in the U.S. health care system.

'There's something terribly wrong': Why more US residents are dying in middle age

December 2, 2019


U.S. residents for decades had seen improvements in average life expectancy, but the trend reversed in 2014—with more U.S. residents dying at middle age from drug overdoses, diseases, obesity, suicide, and dozens of other causes, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

Why a popular algorithm showed bias toward white patients (and how it can be fixed)

October 28, 2019


A widely used algorithm is more likely to classify white patients as needing follow-up care than comparably ill black patients, according to study in the journal Science—and the study's senior author said it is "inconceivable" that other common algorithms do not have similar flaws.

Why some Native American tribes are breaking with Indian Health Service

October 22, 2019


A growing number of Native American tribes are taking control of troubled government-run hospitals in an effort to improve care for their communities, but some are finding the turnaround is both slow and costly.

Only half of pregnant women received flu vaccines last year, survey shows

October 11, 2019


Only about one-third of pregnant women received both the influenza and tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccines last year, even though CDC strongly recommends the vaccines for every pregnancy, according to CDC survey results published Tuesday.

The uninsured rate is up for the first time in nearly a decade, Census data shows

September 11, 2019


New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the country's uninsured rate increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018, marking the first year-to-year increase reflected in Census data since 2008 to 2009, when the United States was at the highest point of the Great Recession.

Where EMS providers take patients might depend on race, study suggests

September 11, 2019


Black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries are less likely to be transported to the same emergency departments as white Medicare beneficiaries, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Friday in JAMA Network Open.

Nearly 40% of cancer drug approval trials lack data on race. Here's why that matters.

August 23, 2019


More than one-third of clinical trials that led to the approval of new cancer drugs between 2008 and 2018 did not include data on participants' race, according to a study published last week in JAMA Oncology.

How this 47-year-old car mechanic became a doctor

August 6, 2019


Carl Allamby was a car mechanic for over 20 years, but he discovered his love for medicine after taking a class at a local community college—and now, at the age of 47, he has become a doctor, inspired in part by a desire to help address the shortage of black physicians.

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