Latest Health disparities News

FDA advisers meet on racial disparities in pulse oximeters

Nov. 01, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The clip-on devices that use light to measure oxygen levels in the blood are getting a closer look from U.S. regulators after recent studies suggest they don't work as well for patients of color. The devices, called pulse oximeters, usually snap onto a finger and...

New Ms. Foundation initiative funds birth justice nonprofits

Oct. 13, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

When Jeanine Valrie Logan moved to Chicago 12 years ago, she wondered why so many of her pregnant neighbors couldn’t get prenatal care or deliver their babies nearby as her neighbors did when she lived in Washington D.C. “It was such an amazing place,” she said of the...

MUSC library raising money to preserve Black medical history

Oct. 08, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The spidery cursive scratched into the handwritten journal from 1834 is difficult to read, but under “Recipe for a cough” the remedy calls for 60 grains of saltpeter, which was one of the components of gunpowder. The journal from a plantation in Berkeley...

Uvalde children grapple with trauma after school massacre

Sep. 19, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — One girl runs and hides when she sees thin people with long hair similar to the gunman who stormed into her Uvalde school and killed 21 people. One boy stopped making friends and playing with animals. A third child feels her heart race when she's reminded of the May 24...

Americans give health care system failing mark: AP-NORC poll

Sep. 12, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Emmanuel Obeng-Dankwa is worried about making rent on his New York City apartment, he sometimes holds off on filling his blood pressure medication. “If there’s no money, I prefer to skip the medication to being homeless,” said Obeng-Dankwa, a...

Monkeypox cases dropping, but racial disparities growing

Sep. 07, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Wednesday it's optimistic about a decline in monkeypox cases and an uptick in vaccinations against the infectious virus, despite worsening racial disparities in reported cases. Promising to ramp up vaccination offerings at LGBTQ Pride...