Health Disparities

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.

Rates of asthma, ADHD increasing among children living in poverty

Rates of asthma, ADHD increasing among children living in poverty

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Rates of chronic conditions are on the rise in children, and children living in poverty have a higher risk of ADHD and asthma, compared with wealthier children.

Tarrytown, my Tarrytown: a trip to the New York State Society of PAs conference

Tarrytown, my Tarrytown: a trip to the New York State Society of PAs conference

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The NYSSPA conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. offered several panels addressing racial health disparities in a quaint location.

Honoring the pioneers of the PA profession

Honoring the pioneers of the PA profession

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As the PA profession continues to grow, new PAs should honor the dedication of the pioneers who came before them.

Experts call for public health initiatives, not personalized medicine

Experts call for public health initiatives, not personalized medicine

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To improve public health in the United States, initiatives need to focus on addressing health inequalities and social factors.

Vitamin D and improved sleep in African-Americans

Vitamin D and improved sleep in African-Americans

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Maintaining healthy vitamin D levels may benefit sleep and cardiovascular health in African-American patients.

Prescription use common in pregnant women with Medicaid

Prescription use common in pregnant women with Medicaid

Pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid are commonly prescribed a variety of prescription medications.

Misconceptions about antibiotics common among Medicaid patients

Misconceptions about antibiotics common among Medicaid patients

Compared with those with private insurance, parents with Medicaid tended to know less about antibiotics.

Addressing weight measurement disparities in black youth

Addressing weight measurement disparities in black youth

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Black youth experience higher rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases compared with white youth.

Lottery tickets may help lower HIV rates

Lottery tickets may help lower HIV rates

A lottery ticket system helped decrease HIV rates in Africa, but more research needs to be done in other areas to investigate its effectiveness in other other areas.

Rebuilding health infrastructure in war-torn South Sudan

Rebuilding health infrastructure in war-torn South Sudan

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Health tutor David Manana heads the Clinical Officer training program at the Maridi Health Sciences Institute.

Inequality kills — but what can providers do about it?

Inequality kills — but what can providers do about it?

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Medical education has failed to address the social causes that may interfere with patients' health.

Roadblocks remain in path of generic form of insulin

Roadblocks remain in path of generic form of insulin

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Without insurance, insulin costs $120 to $400 per month, which can be a substantial barrier to many patients with diabetes.

Reducing ethnic disparities in cancer care

Reducing ethnic disparities in cancer care

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Addressing and overcoming barriers would increase the use of preventive health services and decrease mortality rates for the African American community.

Raising the hypertension threshold increases stroke risk

Raising the hypertension threshold increases stroke risk

The new recommended levels could have a particularly negative effect on Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks.

Community organizations strengthen hepatitis prevention initiatives

Community organizations strengthen hepatitis prevention initiatives

A community-based organization focused on eliminating hepatitis-related health disparities issued a report detailing improvements that can be made for better hepatitis care.

A tale of two families: Exploring state variations in Medicaid eligibility

A tale of two families: Exploring state variations in Medicaid eligibility

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A family of three living in Texas must make less than $3,760 annually to be eligible for Medicaid.Their neighbors in New Mexico are eligible for Medicaid making almost ten times the Texas limit.

Prescription costs forcing some patients to skimp on treatment

Prescription costs forcing some patients to skimp on treatment

Although patients skimped on prescription drugs because of financial concerns at every age, patients aged 64 years or younger were more likely to do so.

All patients are equal, and we need to treat them that way

All patients are equal, and we need to treat them that way

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Focusing on physician assistant salary may be contributing to a decrease in compassion for under-served patients.

Diabetes patients' unmet needs may impact disease control

Diabetes patients' unmet needs may impact disease control

More adverse outcomes were present in patients that reported having unmet material needs, such as food insecurity and cost.

Demographics, location impact HIV testing rates for cancer survivors

Demographics, location impact HIV testing rates for cancer survivors

Factors associated with HIV testing included being non-Hispanic black or Hispanic, not being disabled, and having medical cost concerns.

Low-income kids missing out on preventive care

Low-income kids missing out on preventive care

Nearly 32 million children on Medicaid were eligible for preventive services in 2013, but only 63% received one preventive medical screening.

'What's an NP?' too common a question

'What's an NP?' too common a question

Many primary care health-care providers, not just nurse practitioners, struggle with repeatedly explaining their duties and responsibilities.

Are children in low-income areas less likely to be immunized against influenza?

Are children in low-income areas less likely to be immunized against influenza?

Vaccinating kids against the flu should be a priority for providers, especially for those practicing in low-income areas.

United States ranked last in access to health care

United States ranked last in access to health care

Results of a 2013 survey indicate that three out of 10 Americans believe money is a barrier to receiving care.

Meds main cause of U.S. allergy-related deaths

Meds main cause of U.S. allergy-related deaths

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Fatal anaphylaxis caused by medications, food, and unspecified allergens was significantly associated with race and older age.

Inequality, racial/LGBT discrimination issues are not things to ignore

Inequality, racial/LGBT discrimination issues are not things to ignore

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To what extent do medical providers need to be willing to discuss the inequalities in the medical system and their impact on patient health?

Can working longer hours at certain jobs increase type 2 diabetes risk?

Can working longer hours at certain jobs increase type 2 diabetes risk?

Diabetes risk is almost 30% higher for people working long hours doing manual labor or other low socioeconomic status jobs.

What's in a name? PAs thrive in the United Kingdom

What's in a name? PAs thrive in the United Kingdom

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U.K. physician associates in high demand, face similar challenges as U.S. counterparts. Shane Apperley, PA-R, a senior orthopaedic physician associate discusses the fairly recent profession.

Poverty linked to increased respiratory-related hospitalizations

Poverty linked to increased respiratory-related hospitalizations

Low income patients had nearly three times the odds of hospitalization compared with high income patients.

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