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Playing Games Can Shift Attitudes, Study Shows

May 13, 2015 — A research laboratory is working to quantify the effects of playing games. In a study, researchers found that attitudes toward public health issues shift to be more accepting and understanding after ... read more

Inconsistent Medicaid Expansion Would Widen Disparities in Screenings for Women's Cancers

May 12, 2015 — Researchers recently conducted a study that found low-income and uninsured women in states that are not expanding their Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid coverage are less likely to receive breast ... read more

Answers to Educational Attainment Questions Depend on How Data Is Measured, Study Shows

May 4, 2015 — Postsecondary education creates opportunities for individuals and prepares them to join the workforce. For this reason, it is important that we understand how educational attainment is measured. A ... read more

No Racial Disparity in Blood and Marrow Transplant Referrals, Study Shows

May 8, 2015 — No racial or ethnic disparities have been found among patients who participated in a Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program. The percentage of African Americans who were referred for ... read more

Foreclosures Fueled Racial Segregation in U.S., Study Finds

May 6, 2015 — Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and ... read more

Racial, Ethnic Disparities Seen in Smoking Rates, Related Illnesses

Apr. 14, 2015 — April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most significant health issues minorities face is disproportionate rates of smoking and health-related illnesses, experts ... read more

Faculty in Doctoral Programs More Responsive to White Male Prospective Students, Research Finds

Apr. 16, 2015 — Faced with requests to meet with potential doctoral students of easily identifiable gender, race or ethnicity, faculty in almost every academic discipline are significantly more responsive to white ... read more

Teachers More Likely to Label Black Students as Troublemakers

Apr. 15, 2015 — Teachers are likely to interpret students' misbehavior differently depending on the student's race, according to new research findings. Racial differences in school discipline are widely ... read more

Affordable Care Act Provision for Young Adults Leaves Racial Disparities Intact Among Trauma Patients

Apr. 9, 2015 — The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed millions of young adults to retain health care coverage through their parents’ insurance plans, but new research finds that many young African-American and ... read more

Massachusetts Health Reform Did Not Lower Preventable Hospitalizations or Reduce Racial Disparities

Apr. 1, 2015 — In the first three years after Massachusetts implemented its 2006 health care reform, which reduced the number of uninsured people in the state by roughly half, the rate of preventable ... read more

How Diverse Is Your Social Network? The Answer May Reveal Something About Your Values

Mar. 31, 2015 — A new study sheds light on the role of beliefs about the value of diversity in fostering attitudinally diverse friendships. The study demonstrates that people who place a higher value on diversity ... read more

Will the Affordable Care Act Eliminate Health Disparities?

Apr. 1, 2015 — Two new studies from Massachusetts indicate that racial and socioeconomic disparities persist even with nearly universal access to health coverage. In an accompanying editorial, an expert offers ... read more

Immigrants Are Usually in Better Health Than Native Canadians… at Least When They Arrive

Mar. 19, 2015 — The health of immigrants is generally better than that of citizens of their host country, at least on their arrival and for some time afterwards. But a team of researchers has found that this is not ... read more

Unconscious Race and Social Class Biases Appear Unassociated With Clinical Decisions

Mar. 18, 2015 — While unconscious race and social class biases were present in most trauma and acute-care clinicians surveyed about patient care management in a series of clinical vignettes, those biases were not ... read more

Insuring Undocumented Residents Could Help Solve Multiple US Health Care Challenges

Mar. 19, 2015 — An extensive review of published scientific research on Latino health care identifies four problem areas related to health care delivery to Latinos under the Affordable Care ... read more

Mental Health Misdiagnosis Twice More Likely for Socially Disadvantaged Groups

Mar. 16, 2015 — The shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson ignited a global discussion about implicit racial bias. You might think that clinical therapists -- people trained to understand the mind -- would be ... read more

Age-Related Discrimination Can Add to Healthcare Woes

Mar. 12, 2015 — Discrimination by doctors or hospitals can make older patients even sicker, researchers report. A national survey shows that one in every three older Americans who are on the receiving end of ... read more

Homeowners Fared Better in Great Recession Than Renters

Mar. 5, 2015 — While many Americans took a big financial hit during the Great Recession, homeowners were less likely than renters to lose very large proportions of their wealth, finds a new ... read more

Researchers Use Roommate Selection Data to Examine Attitudes Toward Minority Groups

Mar. 3, 2015 — A new working paper examines the attitudes and preferences of white males toward black males by analyzing what affects the probability of choosing a black roommate at the U.S. Air Force ... read more

Mar. 5, 2015 — While many blame the 'teenage brain' for high rates of teen crime, violence, and driving incidents, an important factor has been ignored: teenagers as a group suffer much higher average ... read more

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