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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
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Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
CANCER
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
Pollution Particles Impair Blood Vessel Function
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
FITNESS
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Week of Historic Senate Hearings on Integrative Medicine May Open New Doors
Deployment Takes Toll on Army Wives
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Natural Therapies for Menopause
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Minorities Distrust Medical System More

FRIDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Minority women, especially black women, have more distrust of the medical system, which leads to delays in screening for breast cancer, new research shows.

Almost half of all women agreed that they had "sometimes been deceived or misled by health-care organizations." Eighteen percent strongly agreed with the statement.

On another gauge of mistrust, 39 percent of black women agreed that "health-care organizations don't always keep your information totally private," versus 15 percent of Latinas and 9 percent of Arab-American women.

More mistrust corresponded with lower screening rates.

"While insurance obviously plays a large role in screening [94 percent of blacks had insurance, 45 percent of Latinas and 43 percent of Arab-American women], we can't ignore that medical mistrust plays a large role. We need to think about tailoring our interventions," said study author Karen Patricia Williams, an assistant professor at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine in Lansing.

The study was presented Thursday at the American Association for Cancer Research's Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, in Carefree, Ariz.

It was one of four studies that were highlighted in a Thursday news conference, at which Williams and others spoke.

A second study found troubling misunderstandings among Hispanics about the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted and can cause cervical cancer.

In general, many of the men and women interviewed (who were HPV-negative), did not know much about HPV; many confused this virus with HIV.

"There was a lot of fatalism among women when told about the relationship between HPV and cervical cancer," added study author Maria E. Fernandez, an assistant professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. "They thought of it as a death sentence."

Men were more concerned about diagnosis and treatment but also felt that a woman disclosing her HPV status was an admission of infidelity. But, as the interviews continued, they realized the travels of the virus could be ambiguous and that the man, in fact, could have infected the woman.

A third study, from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago, found that reasons for screening or not screening varied, depending on the specific cancer involved. Forty percent of participants did not have health insurance, though almost two-thirds had a regular doctor.

A fourth and final study delved into why progress in recruiting minorities and women into clinical trials has been slow from the clinicians' perspective.

Lack of institutional support and lack of incentives in individual oncology clinics (both public and private) emerged as key obstacles to effective recruitment.

"None of the places we studied had very effective recruitment programs," said study author Daniel Dohan, an associate professor of health policy and social medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Doctors also tended to put a premium on immediate care, rather than matching someone with the appropriate trial.

-Amanda Gardner

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on cancer disparities among minorities.



SOURCES: Feb. 5, 2009, teleconference with Karen Patricia Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Lansing; Maria E. Fernandez, Ph.D., assistant professor, health promotion and behavioral sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health; and Daniel Dohan, Ph.D., associate professor, health policy and social medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Last Updated: Feb. 06, 2009

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