ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
CANCER
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
TV Food Ads Promote Bad Diets
Myrrh May Lower High Cholesterol
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
EYE CARE, VISION
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
FITNESS
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
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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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