Archive | July, 2013

CURRENT RESEARCH: African American blood cancer patients do fare worse

30 Jul


Despite receiving similar cancer treatment as other patients, African Americans with a common form of leukemia didn’t live as long in a new study that was aimed at understanding the racial disparity in cancer outcomes. The black patients tended to have chromosome mutations and other characteristics that are known to be linked with a worse prognosis.

The head of this study was unsure whether the disparity was caused by biological factors or non-biological factors (cultural, socioeconomic, etc). Research into potential biological differences in cancer for African Americans and whites may help elucidate the roots of this disparity

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CURRENT RESEARCH: Teen Eating Disorders increase suicide risk

30 Jul


A recent study on African American girls shows that individuals with eating disorders are likely to internalize their dissatisfaction and anxiety, resulting in a higher risk of suicide. The results of this study will give prevention scientist an opportunity to specifically target those at risk of psychiatric problems (suicide, depression, etc). The study also highlights the importance of developing prevention programs that are culturally relevant to minorities as well as white Americans.

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HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES: American Lung Association Calls for Swift FDA Action to Remove Menthol Cigarettes from the Marketplace

30 Jul

The US Food and Drug Administration has released a report concluding that menthol cigarettes pose a greater risk to public health than those without. In response, the American Lung Association is calling for the FDA to remove those cigarettes from the market. This recommendation is also based on data that the availability of menthol cigarettes reduces smoking cessation, especially among African Americans and increases the overall prevalence of smoking among African Americans (as they are disproportionately marketed per capita to African Americans).

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HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Black Health Rx: Finding A Cure For America’s Health Disparities

30 Jul

Social determinants of health lead to complex health disparities that cost our country around $1.24 trillion every year. Many black communities are faced with high levels of poverty, unemployment, and unhealthy food options: if one is born into a circumstance that provides less-than-optimal access to basics like healthy, fresh food; safe areas to exercise; and accessible medical care, it stands to reason that one’s health will suffer in the long run.

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Call For Articles

27 Jul

Call for Articles — SAAPHI Newsletter


Do you have public health related news and views to share? Well, as a member of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues, you are invited to submit articles for our newsletter.

We welcome submissions on ANY topic related to public health. Perhaps you would consider submitting an article about any of the following:

Work with a public health program or research project

Thoughts on a policy with public health implications

Commentary on a public health issue

Public health career advice

Local, state, or national public health events, projects or advocacy efforts

National Public Health Week events

For students – An internship or practicum experience

Please include the following with your submission: 


Professional affiliation or if a student, Academic institution

Title of article

A headshot or picture of yourself engaging in public health work

Also, please follow these guidelines:

12-point, Times New Roman font

No more than 300 words

Single spaced

List of references (if applicable)

Please email your article and any questions to 

CURRENT RESEARCH: Salty snacks, extra pounds send blood pressure soaring in US kids

23 Jul
New research shows that high blood pressure is becoming more common among American children, which can be connected to increasing body mass index and sodium intake (more than a third of children and teens in this country are overweight or obese). The rate is higher for African-American girls compared to boys or other racial/ethnic groups. The damage is both long-term (as risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke increases) and short-term (early atherosclerosis and an enlarged heart ventricle).

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CURRENT RESEARCH: Autism challenge growing in Black community

23 Jul

Autism is not discussed enough in Black communities, which is leading to misdiagnoses for autistic children, and a lack of treatment and services. While rates of autism are about the same across racial groups, minority children tend to be diagnosed with the disorder later than white children – leading to delays in beneficial interventions and treatment. Some African American celebrities with autistic children are helping to raise awareness about the disorder, including actress Tisha Campbell-Martin and Toni Braxton.


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