Racial bias and its effect on health care

first_img Read Full Story Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health in the U.S. isn’t just the job of the health care sector—it’s the job of society as a whole, argues David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health.In a viewpoint article published August 11, 2015 in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), you discussed how unconscious racial bias on the part of health care professionals contributes to deficits in the quality of care given to nonwhites. Can you offer examples of how this bias impacts care?Negative beliefs about race are deeply ingrained in U.S. culture, and popular culture continues to devalue blacks and other nonwhites. For instance, research has shown that greater exposure to TV shows that portray black people negatively is linked with higher levels of racial prejudice. Other research has shown that, in many widely read books and newspapers, the word “black” is most frequently paired with words like “poor,” “violent,” and “dangerous.” The word “white,” on the other hand, is most often linked with words such as “wealthy,” “progressive,” “conventional,” and “educated.” People absorb these sorts of messages and develop unconscious biases that favor whites over blacks. Clinicians are no exception. Previous studies have shown, for instance, that higher levels of implicit bias among clinicians is linked with biased treatment recommendations for black patients, as well as poorer quality patient-doctor communication and lower ratings by patients from racial or ethnic minority groups about the quality of their encounters with doctors.last_img read more

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Step Inside the Circus Tent of the National Tour of Pippin on CBS Sunday Morning

first_img View Comments Step right up, step right up! The national tour of the Tony-winning revival of Pippin is making its way across the country, featuring a talented troupe of performers. (Note: Originally aired on January 4, 2015. For current Pippin touring cast info, click here.) The Voice’s Sasha Allen, Tony winner John Rubinstein, Emmy winner Lucie Arnaz and more spoke with CBS Sunday Morning about the circus-themed show, which is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. Watch the full segment below and get your tickets to see Pippin!last_img read more

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Opponents planning court battle for new power plan

first_imgOpponents planning court battle for new power plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Opponents of President Donald Trump’s replacement of the Clean Power Plan are publicly blasting the proposal in hopes of gaining public support for a campaign against implementing the rule before challenging it in court should it become finalized.The administration’s Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule will likely a face a barrage of public comments in opposition to the rule before ultimately running into a legal challenge, opponents said Aug. 21. The rule favors improving the efficiency of the existing coal-fired power generation fleet and is expected to result in more carbon dioxide emissions than what would have been seen under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.“This administration is blatantly picking winners and losers. If this proposal becomes reality, the winner will be old coal plants that are losing in today’s marketplace. The losers will be cleaner energy sources, clean energy jobs, and American’s health and our children’s future,” David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate and clean air program, said on a call with reporters. “At the end of rulemaking, which will likely take a year, we will see them in court.”The EPA opened a 60-day comment period on the proposal. Doniger said that the while environmental organizations are confident the court will rebuke the ACE rule on grounds that it does not go far enough to address carbon dioxide emissions, in the meantime, organizations will focus efforts on demanding more time to voice opposition on the proposal in public hearings and written comments. Numerous groups, including the Sierra Club, have pledged to fight the new rule as well, and Doniger said he anticipates several states, environmental groups and other entities to join in an eventual legal challenge.New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has already said the state will lead a legal challenge to the replacement rule if it is adopted. The state is at the forefront of a defense of the Obama-era climate rule. “As we face another record-breaking year of punishing heat and violent storms, the Trump administration is seeking to gut crucial limits on emissions of climate change pollution from power plants — one of its largest sources,” Underwood said in a news release. “If the Trump administration’s proposal to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is adopted, we will work with our state and local partners to file suit to block it — in order to protect New Yorkers, and all Americans, from the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change.”The rule also faces opposition from some members of the U.S. Congress. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has already said he intends to use the Congressional Review Act — a power Republicans used to eliminate the Stream Protection Rule to the applause of the coal industry — if the rule is finalized.More ($): ‘We will see them in court’: Opposition lines up against Trump’s power planlast_img read more

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Two Detained in Ecuador While Transporting Explosives to Colombia

first_img The Ecuadorean Navy arrested a Colombian and an Ecuadorean on the high seas as the two were trying to transport around 540 sticks of dynamite, ammunition, and implements for manufacturing explosives to Colombia, the commander of the operation, Capt. Alejandro Vela, announced on 21 October. The detainees had on their vessel “approximately 540 sticks of dynamite, 25 boxes of 16-mm and 12-mm cartridges, boxes of detonators, powder, lead for shot, fuses, among other things,” Vela told the press. He added that the individuals were found on a boat off the coast of the province of Esmeraldas (in northwestern Ecuador), which borders Colombia, and that they were turned over to Ecuadorean law-enforcement authorities. Ecuador shares with Colombia a border around 680 km long, along which irregular groups traffic in drugs and arms. By Dialogo October 25, 2010last_img read more

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Do credit union financial literacy programs work?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Gina RagusaEvery April, credit unions rally for National Financial Literacy month, but are their efforts effective?Do consumers really listen (or care to listen) to the wealth of knowledge or does the information fall on deaf ears?Credit Unions Online polled several credit unions about this annual event, asking if members seem to be absorbing the message and what they are doing to spread the word.“I think financial literacy month is effective in a variety of ways,” says Kara Wenzl, marketing specialist, San Francisco Federal Credit Union ($938.5 million, San Francisco, CA). “First, it grows awareness of financial literacy as a cause that can be donated to or volunteered for by members and the community. Secondly, it gives San Francisco FCU and other credit unions the opportunity to highlight products and services they offer that can help members with their financial education.”Jessica Pope, sales and marketing specialist at People’s Credit Union ($388 million, Middletown, RI) says that the month gives the credit union a chance to make financial goal attainment fun. continue reading »last_img read more

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Report: Azerbaijanis likely caught H5N1 from swans

first_imgMay 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Experts who investigated two clusters of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Azerbaijan in March concluded that one cluster marked the first time humans probably contracted the disease from wild birds—in this case, dead swans.”Close contact with and de-feathering of infected wild swans were the most plausible exposures to influenza A/H5N1 virus in the Daikyand cluster,” which included seven confirmed cases and four deaths, says the investigators’ report, published this week in the monthly issue of Eurosurveillance.”The . . . cluster in Daikyand settlement is the first event where wild birds were the most likely source of influenza A/H5N1 infection in humans,” states the report by a team of 20 authors from several countries and the World Health Organization (WHO).The WHO reported in March that wild swans were suspected as the source of infection in the cases. The Eurosurveillance article is the first detailed published presentation of the evidence for that view.Two clusters of H5N1 cases were investigated in Azerbaijan in March. Azeri authorities reported a cluster of nine possible cases in Daikyand, a town in southeastern Azerbaijan, Mar 6. Three days later, two more suspected cases were reported in Bayim-Sarov, Tarter district, in the east-central part of the country. The human cases had been preceded by outbreaks in wild and domestic birds in February.A WHO-led international team of 11 experts investigated the cases with the help of a field laboratory from the US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 from Cairo, Egypt. Influenza A/H5 was confirmed in seven of the patients from Daikyand, including six from the same family and another from a neighboring family. Four cases were fatal, and five patients were females between the ages of 15 and 20.Family members initially denied any contact with sick or dead wild birds or domestic poultry, but others reported that many wild swans had died in the area in February and that the family might have had contact with dead swans, the report says. Relatives of the patents eventually revealed that the affected family had been involved in de-feathering dead swans. Swan feathers are used in pillows and bring a good price in the area, the article says.In the Tarter district, 1 of the 2 suspected cases was confirmed and the other was classified as probable, according to the report. The investigators said the two patients, a 24-year-old man and his 18-year-old sister, had bought and eaten a turkey that was thought to have been ill.While affirming that the Daikyand victims probably caught the virus by handling wild swans, the report says that limited human-to-human transmission can’t be ruled out, given the incomplete information available.In other observations, the report says the Azeri cases point up the importance of oxygen therapy in H5N1 infections.”Severe hypoxia, caused by the prolonged course of viral pneumonia, appeared to be underrecognised and treated late in children,” the report sates. “The early establishment of oxygen saturation monitoring and provision of continuous oxygen therapy is therefore crucial to prevent decompensation and multi-organ failure already observed” in H5N1 cases elsewhere.Gilsdorf A, Boxall N, Gasimov V, et al. Two clusters of human infection with influenza A/H5N1 virus in the Republic of Azerbaijan, February-March 2006. Eurosurveillance Monthly 2006 May;11:5 [Full text]See also:Mar 21 CIDRAP News story “WHO confirms seven human bird flu cases in Azerbaijan”last_img read more

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BLOG: Governor Wolf Calls on Senator Scarnati and Speaker Turzai to Call Legislature Into Session

first_img Budget News,  The Blog Governor Wolf yesterday sent the letter below to Senator Scarnati and Speaker Turzai asking them to call the legislature back into session to complete its unfinished work on the budget.In his letter, Governor Wolf reminded the leaders that last week, both chambers left the Capitol for a holiday vacation without sending the bipartisan budget agreement and accompanying code bills to the governor’s desk, and instead passed an irresponsible budget that cut funding to schools by $95 million.The Republican leaders need to get the legislature back to work and pass the compromise budget that actually adds up and fully funds our schools.Letter From the Governor by Governor Tom Wolf December 30, 2015 By: Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf’s Press Secretary Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfWatch Governor Wolf’s remarks on rejecting the Republican plan to cut education (and read the transcript of the remarks).center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Governor Wolf Calls on Senator Scarnati and Speaker Turzai to Call Legislature Into Sessionlast_img read more

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Brisbane penthouse sells for $5.662m in biggest sale of the week: CoreLogic

first_imgThis penthouse at 450/1 Newstead Terrace, Newstead, has sold for $5.662 million. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoOther features include a butler’s pantry with climate-controlled wine cellar, a secluded parents’ retreat and a four-car garage.But it’s a far cry from the record Newstead sale of a penthouse for $14.25 million.Earlier this year, Mr Greensill told The Courier-Mail Brisbane’s penthouse market was now competing with the big house market. But he said not all penthouses were equal. Prices varied depending on amenity, while desirability was also determined by the building size. This penthouse at 450/1 Newstead Terrace, Newstead, has sold for $5.662 million. Picture: realestate.com.auQUEENSLAND recorded the biggest sale in the country in the past week, with a Brisbane unit selling for $5.662 million, according to the latest CoreLogic figures.The sale of the four-bedroom, five-bathroom penthouse in inner-city Newstead was negotiated by Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm and Brett Greensill of LJ Hooker New Farm. This penthouse at 450/1 Newstead Terrace, Newstead, has sold for $5.662 million. Picture: realestate.com.auThe riverfront property at 450/1 Newstead Terrace spans 475 sqm of living space and is framed by floor to ceiling glass to take advantage of the panoramic view.It is accessed directly by lift and has its own private lobby entrance. This penthouse at 450/1 Newstead Terrace, Newstead, has sold for $5.662 million. Picture: realestate.com.auThere were 146 auctions held across Brisbane last week — down from 162 the week prior, according to CoreLogic.Preliminary results for the city show the clearance rate has fallen, with 51 per cent of auctions successful, compared with 52 per cent last week, while a year ago 48 per cent were successful. This penthouse at 450/1 Newstead Terrace, Newstead, has sold for $5.662 million. Picture: realestate.com.auAcross the Gold Coast, 56 auctions were held over the week and 37 have been reported so far with a 32.4 per cent clearance rate.Nationally, the clearance rate held above 70 per cent as the number of auctions held during the first week of winter slipped lower.last_img read more

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Brisbane cracks top 100 list of global cities with the strongest property price growth

first_imgBrisbane has made the top 100 on a list of global cities with the highest home price growth.BRISBANE has beaten London, Beijing and Brussels on a global list ranking cities with the highest home price growth.The latest Knight Frank Global Residential Cities Index ranks the Queensland capital as number 100 based on residential property price growth of 2.1 per cent in the past 12 months. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE But while Brisbane has performed better than some of the other major world cities, it only ranked sixth in Australia.Hobart recorded the highest price growth of 13.1 per cent, jumping from 34th place to 11th on the list. Hobart has ranked 11th on a global list of cities with the highest home price growth. Picture: Roger Lovell.Melbourne came next in 21st place, with 10.2 per cent price growth in the year to December 2017 — up from 24th on the index.Canberra’s residential market is now outperforming Sydney’s, with the nation’s capital sitting at 59th on the list with 5.7 per cent growth.Sydney is in 83rd place on the index with 3.8 per cent price growth, and Adelaide is in the 87th spot with 3.6 per cent growth.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago SKY HOMES GOING GANGBUSTERS WHAT PALMER PAID FOR FIG TREE POCKET MANSION BEACH HOUSE SELLS FOR RECORD $18M Brisbane has placed 100th on a list of global cities with the highest property price growth. Picture: Patrick Hamilton.Knight Frank’s Australian head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said it was encouraging to see six Australian cities crack the top 100.“There is a clear differentiation in the pace of property growth around Australia, with Sydney and Melbourne seeing prices moving towards a more sustainable level of growth,” she said.“The influence by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) on the lending environment has certainly been felt with many investors retracting from the market on the east coast. “This risk-adverse environment is likely to remain for some time given the current banking royal commission.”center_img Brisbane has cracked the top 100 on a list of global cities with the highest home price growth. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.The Global Residential Cities Index assesses house price performance across 150 of the world’s cities.It has found global residential property prices grew 4.5 per cent in 2017, down from 7 per cent in 2016.Berlin led the annual rankings for 2017, with home price growth of 20.1 per cent during the year.last_img read more

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Christians’ rights trampled on by ‘obsessive political correctness’ – UK

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 15 Jan 2013Christians’ rights of conscience are being sacrificed on the altar of “obsessive political correctness” contrary to the values of a democratic society, two European human rights judges have claimed.They likened the treatment of a London marriage registrar, who asked not to carry out civil partnerships because of her beliefs on homosexuality, to conscientious objectors of the past who suffered “at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition or a Nazi firing squad”. The claims were contained a vocal dissenting judgment by two of the seven European Court of Human Rights judges who sat in a landmark case on religious freedom in Britain.Gary McFarlane, a former Relate counsellor, and Lillian Ladele, a marriage registrar from Islington, north London, both resisted performing tasks at work they believed would amount to condoning homosexuality which they believe is against the teaching of the Bible. Miss Ladele asking to be excused from conducting civil partnership ceremonies and Mr McFarlane indicated he would be uncomfortable providing sex advice to a same-sex couples on account of his beliefs.The court said that where there is a clash of rights – such as between freedom of conscience and protecting gay people from discrimination – states should have a “wide margin of appreciation” to strike the balance.…Christian campaigners claimed that “millions” of people who hold “politically incorrect” views could now face new restrictions on expressing their opinion. They argued that the judgment increases the risk that those who oppose same-sex marriage – due to become law later this year – could lose their jobs if they express reservations. They claimed that it meant that people liable to express traditional views on marriage would be unofficially barred from working as teachers, council staff and hospital chaplains or acting as foster carers in some cases.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9804007/Christians-rights-trampled-on-by-obsessive-political-correctness-say-dissenting-European-judges.htmllast_img read more

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