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Coming Soon: 249 New Ways to Fight African-American Health Disparities

Just how serious are the nation’s drug and pharmaceutical companies about developing new medicines designed to close the gap of unequal health outcomes between African Americans and the white majority?

Study to Determine the Effectiveness of Support Programs on Women with Breast Cancer

Can stress management, social support and exercise have an effect on the overall health of women recently diagnosed with breast cancer? The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is conducting a study to find out.

African-Americans Twice as Likely as Africans to Develop Alzheimer Disease

A 10-year study conducted in Indianapolis and Ibadan, Nigeria indicates that African-Americans are twice as likely as Africans to develop Alzheimer disease and other dementias.

Fair Care Act to Help the Uninsured

According to a report by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, although the number of Americans who are without health insurance declined since 1998, Hispanics and other racial and ethnic groups continue to comprise a disproportionate number of the overall uninsured.

Darker Skin Tones Slow Detection of Lyme Disease

A recent study finds that African Americans who contract Lyme disease are 10% more likely than Caucasians to exhibit symptoms such as neurological or heart problems, and they are 30% more likely to suffer from arthritis as a result of the disease.

Biological Link to African-American Prostate Cancer Rates Discovered

A new study revels that African-American men have more than 20 times the level of a protein (TIMP-1) that enables the spread of prostate cancer tumors than Caucasian men.

When it Comes to Genes, We’re Not That Different After All

While one racial or ethnic group may look different than another, eat different foods and have different cultural histories, there is no significant genetic difference between races, according to scientists responsible for decoding the human genome.

Hispanics, Blacks at Greater Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

Both Hispanics from Caribbean countries and African Americans are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than Caucasians, according to a new study, “Incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans, Caribbean Hispanics and Caucasians in Northern Manhattan,” recently published in Neurology magazine.

Correlation Found Between Poor Nutrition and Disease for African Americans

Poor eating habits and lack of exercise among African Americans increases their risk of developing cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, according to recent studies by the Public Health Institute (PHI) and the California Department of Health Services (CDHS).

Minority Nurse Population: Going Up!

Although the number of licensed registered nurses in the United States increased by more than 5% between 1996 and 2000, this growth rate was much smaller than in previous years, holding little hope of any quick fix for the nation’s worsening nursing shortage.

Nursing School Enrollments Continue to Decline—But at a Slower Rate

A recent four-part study on the changes in the RN work force by Douglas O. Staiger, PhD, David I. Auerbach, PhD(c) and Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, points to troubling implications for the already-dwindling RN profession.

Helping “Sistahs” Learn to Live With Fibroids

African-American women are three to nine times more likely to suffer from uterine fibroid tumors than Caucasian women.

Wanted: Funding for Culturally Competent Breast Cancer Education Resource

Meet Ruby and Pearl, two lovable, grandmotherly African-American ladies who have recently learned that a combination of monthly breast self-exams, regular mammograms and an annual clinical exam can reduce their risk of suffering from breast cancer.

V-Day 2003 Targets Prevention of Violence Against Native American Women

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, American Indian women are 3.5 times more likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault than U.S. women of other races.

PNAA Study Paints Portrait of Today’s Filipino Nurses

During the serious nursing shortage of the 1960s and ‘70s, hundreds of nurses from the Philippines were brought to America to fill RN staffing gaps. Many of these immigrant nurses chose to stay permanently in the U.S. and went on to achieve successful careers as clinicians and nurse educators.

Resources Roundup 2008

Resources Roundup 2008

One of the biggest benefits of attending minority nursing association conferences—in addition to all the networking opportunities, educational programming, CEUs and camaraderie, of course—is getting to visit exhibits filled with booth after booth offering free or low-cost minority health resources that you can take home and start using in your practice right away.

"Patient Navigators" Help Increase Colon Cancer Screening Rates

In New York City, an innovative community-based cancer prevention initiative that utilizes bilingual "patient navigators" to guide participants through the process of receiving a colonoscopy is achieving remarkable results in increasing rates of colon cancer screening and early detection among the city’s minority populations.

Do Your Patients Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?

If you, or someone close to you, were experiencing the first warning signs of a heart attack, would you know what to do? Chances are, the average American would have difficulty answering “yes” to that question, according to a study published earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Is Working the Late Shift Hazardous to Your Health?

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.

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