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June 28, 2022

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High Optimism Linked With Longer Life and Living Past 90 in Women Across Racial, Ethnic Groups

Higher levels of optimism were associated with longer lifespan and living beyond age 90 in women across racial and ethnic ...

California's Push for Computer Science Education Examined

Despite California's computer science education policies, gender, racial and ethnic disparities persist among the high schools that offer these courses, the students enrolled in them and the faculty ...

Starting Mammography at Age 40 Would Reduce Disparities in Deaths for Black Women

If Black women begin mammography screening every other year starting at age 40, breast cancer deaths could be reduced by 57 percent compared to ...

Effects of Poverty on Childhood Development Seen in Children as Young as 5

Researchers have found that health inequities can be measured in children as young as 5 years old. The research contributes to a growing body of literature finding that children of color who are also ...
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Seeing Members of Minority Groups Everywhere? It's an Illusion

Within a social setting most people significantly overestimate the presence of a minority -- and this overestimation is made not only by the majority but also by the minority themselves, researchers ...

Affirmative Action Bans Had 'Devastating Impact' on Diversity in Medical Schools, Study Finds

In states with bans on affirmative action programs, the proportion of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups in U.S. public medical schools fell by more than one-third by ...

Automated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Delivered Over the Internet Shown to Be Highly Effective in Black Women

Black women are disproportionately affected by poor sleep, which is associated with increased risk of adverse outcomes such as cardiovascular disease, depression and worse quality of life. The gold ...

Cross-Racial Study of 1.87m Vets Shows Wide Disparities in Dementia

In what is believed to be the largest study to date on race and dementia, researchers tracked health and demographic data from close to two million veterans. It compared rates of dementia across five ...

Pandemic May Have Intensified U.S. Workplace Prejudice Against East Asian and Hispanic Colleagues

A new, U.S.-based survey study suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic may have amplified prejudicial attitudes against East Asian and Hispanic colleagues in the ...

Adolescent Drug Overdose Deaths Rose Exponentially for the First Time in History During the COVID Pandemic

The rate of overdose deaths among U.S. teenagers nearly doubled in 2020, the first year of the COVID pandemic, and rose another 20% in the first half of 2021 compared with the 10 years before the ...

Study Finds Persistent Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Sleep Duration

Using data collected by the National Health Interview Survey from 2004 to 2018, researchers found that the proportion of people who reported sleeping fewer than seven hours per day increased ...

Teens More Likely to Disengage from School After Police Stops

Teens who are stopped by the police are more likely to report greater disengagement from school the next day, and racial and ethnic minority youth reported more invasive police encounters than white ...

Empathy Softens Teachers' Biases, Reduces Racial Gap in Student Suspensions

Interventions that seek to evoke empathy in teachers can sideline biases and narrow the racial gap in suspensions of middle school students, according to the results of a large-scale study to combat ...

Communities With Higher Levels of Racial Prejudice Have Worse Health Outcomes

People who live in communities with higher levels of racial prejudice have worse health outcomes, including more heart disease and mental health problems and higher overall mortality rates, according ...

COVID-19 Vaccination Boosts Mental Health Along With Immunity, Study Finds

Receiving at least one vaccine dose was associated with statistically significant declines in multiple psychological distress factors, researchers report in a new ...

Poor Sleep and Stress Exacerbate Each Other Among Nurses Who Work Night Shift, Study Finds

Nurses who work the night shift report more sleep disturbances and are more likely to suffer from psychological and physical health symptoms including PTSD, insomnia and inflammation, a recent study ...

Language Used by Researchers to Describe Human Populations Has Evolved Over the Last 70 Years

Researchers have found that the words that scientists use to describe human populations -- such as race, ancestry, and ethnicity -- significantly changed from 1949 to 2018. Such changes and their ...

Orphaned Children: More Than 140,000 U.S. Children Lost a Primary or Secondary Caregiver Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

One U.S. child loses a parent or caregiver for every four COVID-19 deaths, a new modeling study reveals. The findings illustrate orphanhood as a hidden and ongoing secondary tragedy caused by the ...

Six Stages of Engagement in ADHD Treatment Revealed in New, Diverse Study

Six stages of engagement in treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been reported by researchers based on a diverse study, inclusive of parents of predominantly racial and ...

Do Doctors Treat Pain Differently Based on Their Patients’ Race?

Physicians prescribed opioids more often to their white patients who complained of new-onset low back pain than to their Black, Asian and Hispanic patients during the early days of the national ...

Ethnic Studies Increases Student Engagement and High School Graduation

New research shows that enrolling 9th graders who are struggling academically in an ethnic studies course greatly improves the likelihood those students will graduate from high school and enroll in ...

Report Shows Adult Brain Tumor Incidence Rates Are Decreasing but 5-Year Survival Rates Remain Low

A new study found that incidence rates for malignant brain and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors declined by 0.8% annually during 2008 through 2017 in the United States for all ages ...

Women, Early-Career Academics More Likely to Feel Like 'Impostors' in Disciplines That Prize Brilliance, Study Finds

The more an academic discipline is perceived to require raw talent or 'brilliance' for success, the more both women and early-career academics feel professionally inadequate -- like ...

Social Comparisons Drive Income's Effect on Happiness in States With Higher Inequality

Americans were found to be happier in states with higher wealth inequality when they had people of similar backgrounds -- some richer, some poorer -- to compare themselves ...

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