04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Self-reported prevalence and health correlates of functional limitation among Massachusetts elderly Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and non-Hispanic white neighborhood comparison group

Self-reported prevalence and health correlates of functional limitation among Massachusetts elderly Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and non-Hispanic white neighborhood comparison group

BACKGROUND: Limited data suggest that Puerto Ricans experience greater disability than other ethnic groups, but few studies have examined the factors associated with this apparent difference. METHODS: We describe the prevalence of functional limitation and disability in a representative sample of Puerto Rican and Dominican elders in Massachusetts, and in a neighborhood comparison group of […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Racial/ethnic diversification in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan population change in the United States: implications for health care provision in rural America

Racial/ethnic diversification in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan population change in the United States: implications for health care provision in rural America

The diversification of the rural population of the United States provides substantial challenges to the current and to future health care systems in rural areas. Because of a variety of historical, discriminatory, and other factors, minority populations have had lower levels of access to health care in rural as well as urban areas and higher […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Health status of African Americans

Health status of African Americans

The health status of African Americans identifies a higher prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and sexually transmitted infections when compared with Whites. However, more research is needed to identify socioeconomic variables and to establish needed health programs. The vestiges of early 20th century traditions of substandard housing and inadequate nutrition for African […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Race, ethnicity, and health: can genetics explain disparities?

Race, ethnicity, and health: can genetics explain disparities?

Over the past decade, numerous studies have documented profound racial and ethnic disparities in disease in the United States. This essay examines how popular and scientific concepts of race and ethnicity converge with dominant understandings of genetics to inform the design and interpretation of research, public health policy, and medical practice. Although there is some […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Race and ethnicity: a compelling research agenda.[comment]

Race and ethnicity: a compelling research agenda.[comment]

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