Studies point towards a lack of diversity in research trials for asthma inhalers, despite greater risk for minorities

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames the air passageways, narrowing them and causing breathing difficulty. Categorized as one of the major non-communicable diseases worldwide, asthma has been found to disproportionately affect minorities in the United States. Black and Peurto Rican Americans are two to three times more likely to suffer from asthma than…

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AACR cancer disparities report cites progress, ‘but we still have a long way to go’

American Association for Cancer Research today released its first Cancer Disparities Progress Report, which aims to raise awareness of the substantial effect of cancer on racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations. The report also highlights areas of progress in reducing cancer health disparities and offers recommendations for achieving health equity in this setting. “The idea…

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and IMPACT DC Partner on Bridging Health Disparities Gap

Washington D.C., Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the United States, the burden of asthma falls disproportionately on poor, low-wealth, and minority populations. Decades of research and public health data show stark disparities in asthma prevalence, mortality and health care utilization along socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic lines with Black, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans under…

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NewYork-Presbyterian Launches Dalio Center for Health Justice

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — NewYork-Presbyterian today launched the Dalio Center for Health Justice, dedicated to understanding and improving health equity, addressing health justice, and driving action that results in measurable improvements in health outcomes for all. The Dalio Center for Health Justice is the result of a $50 million grant from Dalio Philanthropies, whose founder Ray Dalio is…

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RACE AND COVID

As Covid-19 cuts a disproportionate path through Black and Latino communities, health care providers and drugmakers are reaching out to test, treat and enroll these groups in clinical trials of potential Covid drugs and vaccines. They’re finding a largely skeptical audience. Stung by disparities in the health care system, worried about disclosing immigration status and…

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Drug companies are recruiting Black Americans to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials, trying to break down decades of mistrust

Black Americans have been affected by the coronavirus at a disproportionate rate, but many have been wary to participate in vaccine trials. The mistrust, experts told Insider, stem from decades of medical experimentation on Black Americans. At least two pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines — Moderna and Pfizer — have been trying to recruit more Black participants…

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Exclusive: Moderna vaccine trial contractors fail to enroll enough minorities, prompting slowdown

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Private contractors hired by Moderna Inc to recruit volunteers for its coronavirus vaccine trial failed to enroll enough Black, Latino and Native American participants to determine how well the vaccine works in these populations, company executives and vaccine researchers told Reuters.FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is…

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