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Racial Disparities in Lung Cancer Start With Research
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Racial Disparities in Lung Cancer Start With Research

By Melba Newsome He was 55 years old and a decades-long smoker. So the doctor recommended that Buff schedule time on a 35-foot-long bus operated by the Levine Cancer Institute that would roll through town later that week offering free lung-cancer screenings. Buff found the “lung bus” concept odd, but he’s glad he hopped on. “I learned that you can have lung cancer and not even know it,” said Buff, who was diagnosed at stage 1 by doctors in the rolling clinic. “The early screening might have saved my life. It might’ve given me quite a few more years.” The lung bus is a big draw in this rural area of western North Carolina because some people aren’t comfortable going — and in many cases have no access — to a hospital or doctor’s office, said Darcy Doege, coordinator for t...
Math teachers in virtual classes tend to view girls and Black students as less capable
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Math teachers in virtual classes tend to view girls and Black students as less capable

By Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, University of Southern California; Ian Thacker, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Joseph Cimpian, New York University The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea In virtual classrooms, math teachers deem Black students as less capable than white students. They also view girls as less capable than boys. That’s what we found after we conducted an experiment with 1,000 teachers in schools throughout the United States. For our experiment, we had teachers evaluate student answers to various math problems. Those answers were accompanied by images of different students online. We asked them to tell us how correct the students’ answers were. We also asked them to tell us how capable they thought the student was a...
Study: Forehead thermometer readings possibly less accurate among Black patients
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Study: Forehead thermometer readings possibly less accurate among Black patients

A new study indicates forehead thermometers are possibly not as accurate when it comes to reading temperatures for Black patients compared with oral thermometers. Forehead thermometer readings were 26% lower than oral thermometers, according to the study conducted by researchers at Emory University and the University of Hawaii. Researchers noted that though the differences were not high, fevers could go unrecognized if the reading is below the common figures used to determine fever. The study also said this difference could contribute to a higher death rate among Black patients. For the study, the temperatures of 2,031 Black patients and 2,344 White patients were taken within the first hour of hospitalization. Temperatures only varied among Black patients. Researchers said s...
Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally
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Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally

About 20 million children in Nigeria are out of school, the highest figure in the world for a single country, according to newly-released data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Three countries were identified as having the highest number of children out of school: India, Nigeria and Pakistan. In other parts of Africa, Ethiopia has 10.5 million children out of school, the Democratic Republic of Congo has 5.9 million, and Kenya has 1.8 million, according to UNESCO. The number of children out of school in Nigeria have fluctuated between 10.5 million and about 15 million for more than a decade. UNESCO said there are "244 million children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 worldwide (who) are still out of school.” UNESCO announce...
Poll: Only 3% of Black Americans say Blacks do not experience discrimination in the US
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Poll: Only 3% of Black Americans say Blacks do not experience discrimination in the US

A new poll released today by Pew Research Center revealed glum outlooks on racial equality and life in the U.S. The results showed more than two thirds of Black Americans say racism is still a prevalent issue that stimies there progress in the U.S. The poll was conducted online in October and surveyed nearly 4,000 Black Americans over a two-week period. "About half of Black adults (52%) say racism in our laws is a bigger problem than racism by individual people, while four-in-ten (43%) say acts of racism committed by individual people is the bigger problem. Only 3% of Black adults say that Black people do not experience discrimination in the (United States) today," according to a news release on the poll. "Roughly eight-in-ten say they have personally experienced discrimination...
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Report: Popular AI program makes robots racist and sexist

If you were looking forward to the day when a robot could be your trusted companion or reliable sidekick, you may want to think twice. New research indicates robots can learn to be biased — that includes racial and gender. Research led by three major universities found that a robot programmed with a widely-used internet-based, artificial intelligence system was more likely to choose men over women and White people over people of color. It also made assumptions about a person’s occupation after glancing at people’s faces. The research indicated the robot learned to be prejudiced based on a popular model of AI that is being currently used on some robots. The researchers were scheduled to unveil the findings in their report last week. More about racist robots of the future can be fou...
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New research indicates Black women with breast cancer have significantly higher mortality rates than other women

Newly-released research indicates Black women diagnosed with breast cancer have a significantly higher mortality rate than White women, and it’s a trend that has grown since the 1980s. The research was released last week and conducted by American Cancer Society and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The research showed that since the 80s, breast cancer screenings and treatments were broadly performed in the U.S., but not equally for Black and White women. Prior to 1980, Black women diagnosed with breast cancer had lower rates of mortality than White women, according to the research. The higher rate of breast cancer mortality in Black women compared to White women has moved in the opposite direction since before 1980. Researchers also discovered that the mo...
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Study: Black farmers lost $326 billion in land value during 20th century

Discriminatory lending practices and forced land sales contributed to the loss of about $326 billion in land value for Black farmers during the 20th century, according to a new study. The study was conducted by the University of Massachusetts-Boston and published in the AEA Papers and Proceedings publication. It is the first known study to analyze the current value of land lost by Black farmers in the U.S. In 1910, Blacks owned about 16 million acres of farm land, mostly within 17 states. By 2017, land ownership dropped to 4.7 million acres, according to agricultural data. The study cites discriminatory USDA lending policies and forced sales of co-owned properties as some of the factors that contributed to Black farmers losing their land between 1920 and 1997. The Biden Adminis...
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Black smokers love menthols — And Biden’s ban is closer to ashing them

Still love them menthols? Almost a year after pledging to extinguish the controversial cigarettes, President Joe Biden’s proposal to put out menthols once and for all just got closer to reality. The FDA released a plan today to ban menthol flavored cigarettes, and it has a lot of Black folks puffing — not just smokers. Blacks in the U.S. are more likely to suffer health issues related to smoking compared to White smokers who light up at about the same rate, CDC research has found. However, the CDC study shows nearly two thirds of Black smokers prefer menthol flavored cigarettes. Biden isn’t the first President to try to stomp out menthols. Former President Obama, who openly struggled with putting down the lighter, was urged by many Black health care professionals to ban...