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Minority children waiting for heart transplants have higher death rates
Minority children on the waitlist for a heart transplant have a greater risk of dying than white children do. Socioeconomic factors explain only a small fraction of this increased risk. When all factors including race, area income and insurance were simultaneously considered, children with Medicaid insurance were 20 percent more likely to die while awaiting transplant. (2008-11-11)

1918 Spanish flu records could hold the key to solving future pandemics
Ninety years after Australian scientists began their race to stop the spread of Spanish flu in Australia, University of Melbourne researchers are hoping records from the 1918 epidemic may hold the key to preventing future deadly pandemic outbreaks. (2008-11-09)

The cultural and political consequences of the demographic changes in South Florida
Dr. Thomas Boswell, professor of the department of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences will present the figures and details of the changes of the Hispanic population in Miami and the analysis of the social, cultural and political implications of this process, during the (2008-11-04)

Diabetes, high blood pressure may cause people with Alzheimer's disease to die sooner
People with Alzheimer's disease who also have diabetes or high blood pressure may die sooner than people without such disorders, according to a study published in the Nov. 4, 2008, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2008-11-03)

A look at the Jewish-American vote
Dr. Ira M. Sheskin, University of Miami associate professor of Geography and Regional Studies and director of the Jewish Demography Project at the UM Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, will present the facts and figures of the changes in the Jewish-American population over the last four decades and an analysis of the political implications, during the (2008-11-03)

Being unique has advantages: 'Rareness' key to some insects being favored by evolution
As the saying goes -- blondes have more fun, but in the world of insects it may actually be the rare (2008-11-03)

Like rest of society, doctors implicitly favor whites over blacks
In the first large study to explore possible unconscious bias among physicians, researchers have found that doctors mirror the attitudes of the majority in society and implicitly favor whites over blacks. (2008-10-28)

Caregiving may be associated with poorer health in certain groups
Older white caregivers (those who provide regular care or assistance for a child or a disabled or sick adult) appear to have poorer health outcomes than black female caregivers, according to a report in the Oct. 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-10-27)

A face by any other name: Seeing racial bias
If Barack Obama had taken his mother's surname and kept his childhood nickname, American voters might literally see (2008-10-27)

Racialization of drugs mobilizes prior conceptions of identity
If we want to fully understand the allure of pharmaceuticals, we need to look beyond both medical efficacy and profit motives. A new study in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics shows that when we use claims about drugs in arguments about racial identity, the meaning of both the pharmaceuticals and of race remain unsettled. (2008-10-23)

Race and insurance status associated with death from trauma
African American and Hispanic patients are more likely to die following trauma than white patients, and uninsured patients have a higher death risk when compared with those who have health insurance, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-10-20)

Hypertension disparity linked to environment
Social environment may play a greater role in the disparity between the numbers of African-Americans living with hypertension compared to non-Hispanic whites with the disease. A study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the disparity was substantially reduced when comparing groups of African Americans and non-Hispanic whites living in similar social environments. (2008-10-20)

Where Hispanics live in the US may change over time
A study of residential patterns in America suggests that White and Black Hispanics born in the US are more likely to share neighborhoods with native non-Hispanic whites and African-Americans, compared to foreign-born Hispanics -- a pattern consistent with immigrant assimilation. Hispanics from Mexico in particular integrate consistently with all ethnic groups over generations. (2008-10-17)

Real pilots and 'virtual flyers' go head-to-head
Stunt pilots have raced against computer-generated opponents for the first time -- in a contest that combines the real and the (2008-10-17)

Racial differences for brain bleeds suggest stroke risk greater than thought for blacks
Small, clinically silent areas of bleeding in the brain appear to be more common in black versus white stroke patients hospitalized for new brain bleeds, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. These findings may help explain the higher risk of hemorrhagic stroke among the black population, especially in those who are medically underserved. (2008-10-06)

Seeing race and seeming racist? Whites go out of their way to avoid talking about race
White people -- including children as young as 10 -- may avoid talking about race so as not to appear prejudiced, according to new research. But that approach often backfires as blacks tend to view this (2008-10-06)

News from Cancer: Disparities in head and neck cancer patients
A new analysis finds considerable disparities in survival related to race and socioeconomic status among patients with head and neck cancer. (2008-10-06)

Asian-white couples face distinct pregnancy risks, Stanford/Packard
Pregnant women who are part of an Asian-white couple face an increased risk of gestational diabetes as compared with couples in which both partners are white, according to a new study from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2008-10-01)

Lessons from the Iditarod
Racing sled dogs are best known for their (2008-09-25)

MU expert says presidential debates likely to be as significant as 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate
With many polls showing presidential candidates Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain in a dead heat, many are predicting that the first presidential debate on Sep. 26 could be a turning point in the election. In addition, with the surprising selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate, the St. Louis vice presidential debate could be the most viewed in US history. (2008-09-23)

Rice political scientists co-author report on ethnic/racial aspects of Taser use by Houston police
A new report co-authored by Rice political scientists Mark Jones and William Reed with colleagues at the University of Houston finds patterns and/or aberrations in the use of Tasers related to ethnicity, gender, race and geography. (2008-09-09)

African-Americans twice as likely as Caucasians to die following a liver operation
New research published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows African-Americans are more than twice as likely as Caucasians to die in the hospital after surgical removal of part of the liver -- an increasingly used procedure for the treatment of liver cancer. (2008-09-03)

In the long run, exertion regulation wins the day for marathon runners
Reporting in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, Jonathan Esteve-Lanao and Alejandro Lucia at the European University of Madrid and colleagues at the VU University-Amsterdam and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse describe their investigation of the physiological methods employed by well-trained runners in order to regulate the great physical strain and effort that are needed in order to complete and perform well in marathons and other endurance challenges. (2008-08-12)

How chemo kills tumors: research to reduce side effects
University of Manchester researchers are investigating exactly how chemotherapy drugs kill cancerous tumors in a bid to reduce side effects and test the effectiveness of safer new agents. (2008-08-06)

Sociologists explore 'emotional labor' of black professionals in the workplace
Black professionals make extra efforts in the workplace to fulfill what they believe are the expectations of their white colleagues, according to research to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. (2008-08-03)

CSIRO wireless responds to emergencies
CSIRO is developing new wireless technologies for locating, tracking, sensing and communicating in areas where global positioning systems do not work. (2008-07-30)

Study: Common wisdom about troubled youth falls apart when race considered
One of the most widely accepted beliefs about the differences between troubled boys and girls may need to be revised, according to new research. Experts have long believed that girls tend to internalize their problems, becoming depressed or anxious, while boys externalize, turning to violence against people or property. (2008-07-21)

Stepping up to the challenge: A tall order
Scientists have recently become interested in the biomechanics of a very unusual activity: skyscraper run-ups. Competitors in this extreme sport ascend the steps inside the world's tallest buildings, the winners often scaling thousands of steps in just a few minutes. Professor Alberto Minetti has studied the participants and his research has shed light on the metabolic profile of athletes, as well as having a potential impact on studies of aging. (2008-07-08)

Rice U study finds that consumers may fare better with peer-to-peer online lending Web sites
A new study conducted by Associate Professor of Management Paul Dholakia at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Management shows that online peer-to-peer lending Web sites may be more attractive to Americans than traditional financial institutions. (2008-06-19)

Non-whites receive harsher sentences for inflicted traumatic brain injury of children
Non-white defendants are nearly twice as likely to receive harsher prison sentences than white defendants in North Carolina criminal cases stemming from inflicted traumatic brain injury of young children. (2008-06-04)

Study concludes no racial disparities in long-term outcomes in recipients of liver transplants
New research published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows long-term survival and liver rejection rates are equivalent for African-American liver transplant patients as compared with patients of other races. The study also suggests that although other factors such as liver cancer or hepatitis may negatively influence long-term survival, race does not. (2008-05-19)

Breaking news: Study revives Olympic prospects for amputee sprinter
Based on Rice and MIT findings, the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, has ruled that Pistorius is eligible to participate in International Association of Athletics Federations sanctioned competitions. If he qualifies for the 2008 Beijing games, Pistorius would be the first disabled athlete ever to run against able-bodied athletes in an Olympic event. (2008-05-16)

Racism not an issue in firing of NBA coaches
Race is not a factor in the firing of NBA coaches, although white coaches with losing records had somewhat longer tenures before being fired than African-American coaches with more losses than wins, a new study shows. (2008-05-14)

New study shows race significant factor in death penalty cases
New research by Scott Phillips, associate professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Denver, shows racial disparities in death penalty cases in Harris County, Texas. (2008-05-01)

Book focuses on how people of color, women use Internet, digital media
Scholars who study visual culture on the Internet always see more than meets the eye, but one professor has widened her scope even more, trying to adjust the ways the rest of us look at race and gender on the Web -- and off. (2008-04-23)

Colon cancer risk perception associated with screening behavior
Women's perception of their cancer risk appears to vary by race and may affect how likely they are to undergo screenings, particularly for colon cancer, according to a report in the April 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-04-14)

Fear of messing up may undermine interracial contact
A new study from Northwestern University suggests that whites who are particularly worried about appearing racist seem to suffer from anxiety that instinctively may cause them to avoid interaction with blacks in the first place. The study participants, the research suggests, behaved in a way that research shows people respond when faced with stimuli that cause them to feel threatened or anxious: they instinctively look at what is making them feel nervous and then ignore it. (2008-04-01)

Study finds widespread care disparities in Medi-Cal program
In the first external analysis of the California Department of Health Service's Medi-Cal Managed Care program, researchers from the UCLA Department of Family Medicine found widespread health care disparities based on ethnicity, race and language throughout the system, with African-Americans hit disproportionately. These disparities can lead to a lower quality of care for the state's minority populations, resulting in poorer health for these groups, as well as higher health care and social costs. (2008-03-27)

Yale study shows weight bias is as prevalent as racial discrimination
Discrimination against overweight people is as common as racial discrimination, according to a Yale analysis. (2008-03-27)

First 'rule' of evolution suggests that life is destined to become more complex
Scientists have revealed what may well be the first pervasive (2008-03-17)

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