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Physician Behaviors May Contribute to Disparities in Mental Health Care

HBNS STORY | December 3, 2014

The way medical doctors initially assess, treat and refer racial and ethnic minority patients may contribute to known disparities in their use of mental health services, according to a new study in Health Services Research.

Nationality at Birth Plays a Role in U.S. Adult Vaccination Rates

HBNS STORY | October 14, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that foreign-born adult U.S. residents, who make up about 13 percent of the population, receive vaccinations at significantly lower rates than U.S.-born adults. This gap in care puts them at greater risk of exposure to several vaccine-preventable diseases.

Only Half of U.S. Adults Over 45 Are Screened for Diabetes

HBNS STORY | September 25, 2014

A new cross-sectional study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that only half of adults in the U.S. were screened for diabetes within the last three years, less than what is recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Poor Health Habits Linked to Financial Insecurity

HBNS STORY | September 4, 2014

Financial hardship, or feeling that one can’t make ends meet, may be more predictive of health risk behaviors than actual income levels for people with low-incomes, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Sexual Risk Behaviors of Hispanic Youth Vary by Language, Place of Birth

HBNS STORY | September 2, 2014

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that the sexual risk behaviors of young Hispanic people living in the U.S. vary considerably with their degree of acculturation.

Is Your Doctor Paying Attention?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 13, 2014 | Carolyn Thomas

The $800 bottle of meds in my bathroom cabinet is a powerfully expensive reminder of my (former) family physician's lapse in attention – and my own lapse in catching her error. She'd somehow accidentally doubled both the dosage and the number of times per day to take these meds. How is this even possible? Somebody is not paying attention...

Minorities and Poor More Likely to Suffer from Restless Sleep and Chronic Diseases

HBNS STORY | December 17, 2013

The poor and minorities tend to suffer from poor sleep and chronic disease more often, but sleep does not appear to be a root cause of disease disparity, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.

Immigration Status Impacts Health, Especially for the Young

HBNS STORY | December 10, 2013

Age at immigration and citizenship status may have health implications for immigrants, finds a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Race a Bigger Health Care Barrier Than Insurance Status

HBNS STORY | November 7, 2013

Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are less likely than non-Hispanic Whites to visit a health care professional, even with health insurance, finds a recent study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Healthy Food Rarely Convenient for Urban Minorities

HBNS STORY | October 15, 2013

A survey of stores in a predominantly black, low income area of Philadelphia found that nearly 80 percent received low ratings for the availability of healthy food, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Getting Health Insurance

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Pay for Your Health Care

Don’t have health insurance? Here’s advice on how to find the right insurance for your needs.

How Much Will Your Health Care Cost?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Pay for Your Health Care

It can be hard to figure out how much your health care will cost ahead of time. Here are some tips for preparing for the cost of your procedures.

Hispanic and Black Kids Less Likely to Use Medication to Control Asthma

HBNS STORY | June 27, 2013

Black and Hispanic children with asthma are less likely than White children to use long-term asthma control medications, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Handling Treatment Side Effects

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.

Participate in Your Treatment

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.

Organize Your Health Care

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Organize Your Health Care

Mental Health Care Disparities Persist for Black and Latino Children

HBNS STORY | June 21, 2012

Disparities in the use of mental health services, including outpatient care and psychotropic drug prescriptions, persist for black and Latino children, reports a new study in Health Services Research.

Bilingual Immigrants Report Better Health Than Speakers of One Language

HBNS STORY | February 29, 2012

A study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior suggests that immigrants who learn English while maintaining their native language could also maintain strong mental and physical health.

Family Support Motivates Mexican-Americans to Adopt Healthy Habits

HBNS STORY | January 5, 2012

Encouragement from family members helps motivate Mexican-American adults to eat more fruits and vegetables and to engage in regular exercise, according to a new study in the current issue of American Journal of Health Promotion.

Mammogram Rates Lower for Mexican Women in U.S.

HBNS STORY | December 20, 2011

Mexican women in the United States are less likely to get mammograms than white women, black women and other Latinas, according to a new study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Obese Mexican-Americans Lack Diet, Exercise Advice From Doctors

HBNS STORY | June 30, 2011

Only half of obese Mexican-American adults receive diet and exercise advice from their physicians, although obesity is on the rise for this group.

Culture and Stigma Affect Mental Health Care for Latinos

HBNS STORY | March 22, 2011

Latinos benefit from antidepressants like everybody else — only they do not use them nearly as often. The trick is getting past some cultural barriers.

Specialized Interventions Help Latinos Quit Smoking

HBNS STORY | October 29, 2010

Latinos who live the United States are more likely to quit smoking when they take part in an intervention program, finds a systematic review of studies conducted by Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Miami.

Low-Cost Program Encourages Latina Moms to Seek Postpartum Care

HBNS STORY | August 19, 2010

Latinas Delay Seeking Care, Even if Insured and Ill

HBNS STORY | June 3, 2010

Kiosk Offers Smokers a Bilingual Decision Aid for Quitting

HBNS STORY | May 10, 2010

Prescription Costs More Likely to Deter Hispanics in Study

HBNS STORY | May 10, 2010

Stigma Keeps Some Latinos From Depression Treatment

HBNS STORY | March 26, 2010

Spanish-Language Ads Get Message Across for Smoking Quit Lines

HBNS STORY | February 10, 2010

Latino and White Children Might Receive Different Pain Treatment

HBNS STORY | February 4, 2010