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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Marijuana Use Is Much More Common in U.S. States that Have...

A study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and The City University of New York found that the rates of cannabis use and daily cannabis use have increased across the U.S., and that current cannabis use and daily use are substantially higher among individuals residing in states that have legalized recreational cannabis use, relative to those where cannabis use remains illegal.

Structural Racism Linked to Breast Cancer Disparities

iving in areas that were not historically redlined is associated with more favorable breast cancer outcomes among non-Latina White women. The findings underscore how racial and ethnic disparities in breast cancer are perpetuated by practices like redlining that disproportionately benefited white communities, not just negatively impacted communities of color.

Coronavirus Files: Pharmacists can prescribe Paxlovid, but need detailed health info

Black and Hispanic people have been at greater risk for infection, hospitalization and death than whites throughout the pandemic, and they are now more hesitant about getting back into public life.

The team behind STAT’s ‘Color Code’ podcast shares how they approach...

When health journalists interview patients, they tend to seek verification and evidence of the source’s experience. In accounts of medical racism, though, simply asking those questions can reinforce the trauma patients have experienced.

Massive Open Online Course on Ending Violence Against Children Launches

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) presents evidence-based strategies and approaches to preventing and responding to violence against children.

The pandemic showed us how many American families are left hungry....

According to the USDA, 38 million Americans don’t have enough food to eat. Nearly a third of those are children. Black families are three times as likely as whites to experience what experts call “food insecurity” — not knowing where your next meal will come from. One in six Hispanic households are short on food, compared to one in 10 nationally. 

Coronavirus Files: Seniors at high risk as new omicron variants may...

Patients with darker-color skin experienced delayed COVID care in Baltimore hospitals during 2020 and 2021, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says

Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the roads after the coronavirus pandemic forced many to stay at home.

Family Size May Influence Cognitive Functioning in Later Life

A new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Robert Butler Columbia Aging Center, and Université Paris-Dauphine – PSL, found that having three or more versus two children has a negative effect on late-life cognition.

Keep these ideas in mind as you gear up to cover...

In Dr. Rebekah Fenton’s medical practice, she often sees young patients with unplanned pregnancies who understand what’s at stake. “It’s not this narrative of ‘Oh, people just don’t understand what parenting is,’” she said in a Center for Health Journalism Health Matters webinar last week.