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U.S. Breast Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall
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U.S. Breast Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall

By By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter, HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer researchers and clinicians have made tremendous progress in reducing death rates in the past three decades, yet a racial gap persists in the United States.Even with the lower numbers of actual disease compared to white patients, Black women are still much more likely to die from the disease.The American Cancer Society highlights these disparities in a new report."We found that despite continued progress in reducing the risk of death from breast cancer, there is an alarming persistent gap for Black women, who have a 40% higher risk of dying from breast cancer than White women despite lower incidence. This is not new, and it is not explained by more aggressive cancer,"...
Progress and Hope in the Fight Against Suicide | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Progress and Hope in the Fight Against Suicide | Healthiest Communities Health News

Suicide is among the top causes of death in the United States today, and for some groups, the crisis is particularly acute.The terrible toll that suicide takes on our society is immense. To put it in perspective, in 2020 alone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an estimated 12.2 million people in the U.S. seriously considered suicide, 3.2 million made a plan and 1.2 million made an attempt on their own lives. That same year, nearly 46,000 people died by suicide – roughly one person every 11 minutes.Data also shows that suicide was the second-leading cause of death among individuals aged 10 to 34 in 2020. As a father of three children – all of whom fall in this age group – this statistic hits home, and highlights a crisis we must help our young people overcome.The ...
Health Insurance Coverage Varies Broadly by Race, Income | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Health Insurance Coverage Varies Broadly by Race, Income | Healthiest Communities Health News

The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey indicates that 8.1% of Americans 18 and older lacked health insurance coverage, though this figure varied widely across different demographics.About 6% of non-Hispanic whites were uninsured, according to the data, which was collected from July 27 through Aug. 8. The same was the case for 9.2% of non-Hispanic Black individuals and 17.1% of Hispanics. The estimates, calculated by U.S. News, are based on data from survey respondents whose insurance status was known.The nonpartisan data center USAFacts reports that a lower percentage of Hispanics in the U.S. were insured in 2020 (81.7%) than in 2015 (84%), while coverage rates among white, Black, and Asian Americans all ticked up in that time. Among nonelderly adults, Hisp...
The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life | Healthiest Communities Health News
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The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life | Healthiest Communities Health News

As much as COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing health disparities in America – Blacks have had a 70% greater chance of death due to COVID-19 than whites – this, of course, is not the only shocking inequity in American health care. Tragically, the effort to save lives through organ transplantation is marred by a deep chasm separating the treatment of Blacks from whites.Black Americans die every day waiting for an organ because the transplantation system in America is weighted heavily against them, as study after study has shown.Everyone deserves an equal chance at living a full life. To achieve this most basic measure of fairness, there must be reforms to the organ transplantation process. This should be a core element of the push for health equity in the United States, which already ...
Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News

Researchers say regulations that limit patient access to methadone may have contributed to a significant decline in supplies of the opioid use disorder medication within the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.The nation’s supply of methadone per capita fell 20% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of that year, marking the biggest decrease over the last decade, according to the findings of an analysis published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open.The study examined data tracking the commercial distribution of methadone, as well as the other most commonly used medication for treating opioid use disorder, buprenorphine, from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2021 to compare supplies of both drugs before and during the COVID-19.While the per capita supply of buprenorphine...