Because minority populations in the United States continue to endure health disparities compared to Caucasians—such as higher risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of cancer—two agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are offering significant financial support to help close this gap.
According to U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, African Americans are twice as likely to suffer a stroke than whites, making them more susceptible to stroke than any other ethnic group. Satcher spoke out on this health disparity during a stroke-screening event in Rockville, Md., called “Stroke Sunday.”
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions among Native Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Over 12% of all Indian populations in the United States suffer from type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. The Pima Indians in Arizona have the highest rate of diabetes in the world—about half of adults between the ages of 30 and 64 are diagnosed with the disease.
The recent discovery of the major susceptibility gene for type 2 diabetes in Mexican Americans—10.6% of whom are inflicted with the disease—is being hailed as a major accomplishment. This finding, previously considered a genetic impossibility, will ultimately result in medical advancement for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
African-American children and adolescents, regardless of gender, geographic location or family income, wait longer than white children for kidney transplants, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Pediatrics published in the October 2000 edition of the Journal of Pediatrics.
Hospital nurses working the late shift may have a greater risk of developing heart disease because of the strain placed on the heart from working at night when it would otherwise be resting, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association’s Journal Circulation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for RNs will experience faster-than-average growth through 2006, with job opportunities increasing by 21% in nursing, compared to 14% for all other occupations.
Exemplary black nurses and organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of nursing in such areas as education and military service, philanthropy and health equity and civil rights and organizational development were recently honored...
By the year 2010, more than 40% of the nursing work force will be over the age of 50 and by the year 2020, the demand for nurses will exceed the supply by 20%, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.