Women’s health

A Proactive Program

A Proactive Program

Teen pregnancy, once a declining problem, is once again on the rise, particularly in minority communities. To combat the trend, one Massachusetts nurse started a program aimed at educating students and parents about teen pregnancy before it occurs.

New autism research links maternal obesity to diagnosis

About one in 88 children are diagnosed with autism, but it is possible that 10% of affected children will outgrow their diagnosis by the time they are teenagers. April was National Autism Awareness Month, which put a start on new research regarding the causes of the disorder.

Spike in maternal opiate use, infant withdrawal

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, and the University of Pittsburgh found maternal opiate use had increased nearly five-fold between 2000–2009.

Minority pregnant women with HIV go untreated for depression

A study conducted by the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy found that 28% of low-income pregnant women with HIV are depressed but do not receive adequate treatment.

Study shows minority women more likely to die during or soon after childbirth

Study shows minority women more likely to die during or soon after childbirth

A recent study hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that minority women in the United States are more likely to die during or soon after childbirth than white women.

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-American Women, Medicaid Moms, Receive Fewer Anesthesia Options

Ethnicity and insurance coverage may determine the kind of anesthesia a woman receives during labor, according to a recent study at the University of New York at Buffalo.

Mobile Mammograms Serve AI/NA Women

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently launched a new digital mammography unit, the Mobile Breast Care Center (MBCC), which will improve access to mammography services for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) women.

New Breast Cancer Research Could Boost Survival Rate for Minority Women

A recent discovery by Italian scientist Dr. Pier Francesco Ferrucci, a cancer specialist at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, could help more women survive breast cancer.

Patients Using Herbal Therapies Are at Risk for Drug Interactions

Nearly half of all women over 65 use herbal therapies to prevent or treat health problems, but they rarely inform their health care providers, according to a new University of Florida study.Wome

Skin Color Contributes to Clinical and Justice Disparities for Black Rape Victims

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing suggests that rape victims with dark skin are less likely to have their physical injuries detected, treated and documented as evidence by the sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) or other health care professionals who examine them.

Asian American Women Missing Out on Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

Asian American Women Missing Out on Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

Despite advances in genetic testing, researchers from Stanford University say many Asian American women with BRCA mutations seem to be falling through the cracks.

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities--A Reader Responds

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities--A Reader Responds

In Fall 2009, we published "Preventing Premature Birth Disparities," an article examining the growing crisis of high preterm birth rates in women of color...

Different Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding Linked to Race

Different Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding Linked to Race

Why are black women more likely to feed their infants formula than mothers of other races? That's what a recent study from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center hopes to determine.

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

Last issue, Minority Nurse addressed infant mortality in minority communities, discussing some of the disparities, research, and solutions surrounding the issue. This piece was submitted as a supplement to "A Quiet Crisis: Racial Disparities and Infant Mortality"

Lupus a Growing Threat for Minority Women

While efforts to close racial and ethnic health gaps in such areas as cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease are frequently in the national spotlight, lupus is one minority health disparity that has received relatively little attention.

D is for Diabetes--and Disparities

Diabetes is the focus of another recently released major study on the health status of women in the United States.

Women of Color Face Wide Range of Unequal Health Outcomes

Women of color account for approximately one-third of all adult women in the U.S. Yet compared to women who are members of the white majority, minority women continue to bear a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality from a wide range of health problems--from heart disease, lung cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS to suicide and lack of adequate medical insurance.

Handle with Care

Although Asian women are at particularly high risk, all minority nurses should take precautions against osteoporosis


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