Monthly Archives: October 2019

Black patients with Alzheimer’s gene can erase cognitive decline with higher education

Photo credit: Pixabay. Education may help eliminate the risk of cognitive decline associated with the APOE e4 gene in non-Hispanic Black people, according to a new study. The APOE e4 gene is the most significant genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in all segments of the population — but previous studies have focused non-Hispanic white people, according to the

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Discrimination happens faster when money is scarce: Study

Photo courtesy: Pixabay. Discrimination happens faster when money is scarce, according to several studies from Cornell University. “Scarcity mindsets can really exacerbate discrimination,” Amy Krosch, assistant professor of psychology at Cornell and lead author, said in a statement.  “We show that tiny shifts in the processing of minority group faces under scarcity could have downstream consequences for inequality.” In one experiment

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Narcissists report lower levels of stress, depression due to lack of empathy

Photo credit: Queen’s. Research from Queen’s University Belfast says a healthy level of narcissism can lower stress and depression, but it’s not all good news. Narcissists possess an inflated sense of self and a lack of empathy. While that can be beneficial to the individual, it┬ámay not benefit┬ásociety, because the lack of stress stems from an inability to care about the

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Navigating racism: Black graduate students need support

This article was written for The Conversation by Anita Jack-Davis, Adjunct professor, Queen’s University, Ontario. It has been republished in full under a creative commons licence. I have mixed feelings about my experiences in graduate school. As a Black, first-generation Canadian and the first in my family to become a doctoral student, I did not understand the culture of the

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‘Significant’ racial bias found in widely-used U.S. health care algorithim

Photo courtesy: Pixabay/vitalworks A national, U.S.-based algorithm used by health insurers to make decisions for millions of patients demonstrates “significant racial bias,” according to a study by a team of researchers. The authors are working with developers to reduce bias. According to a statement by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the tool “underestimates the health needs of black patients

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Discrimination, harassment reported by doctors, nurses in Cali’s Central Valley region

File photo: Pexels California’s Central Valley needs health care workers, but a new study suggests it may be difficult to recruit and retain them — especially if they identify as female, non-white, and/or LGBTQ+. Professionals in these groups have reported widespread harrassment in health care settings. Burnout, isolation, changing medical practices, or leaving the region entirely were some of the

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