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Black Men’s Blood Pressure Is Cut Along With Their Hair
Health & Science

Black Men’s Blood Pressure Is Cut Along With Their Hair

Stress related to racial discrimination, mistrust of the medical system and less frequent use of health care services and medications, are some of the reasons why African Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure, according to the CDC. Undetected hypertension can lead to heart and kidney damage as well as strokes and heart attacks.

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Patients Overpay For Prescriptions 23% Of The Time, Analysis Shows
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Patients Overpay For Prescriptions 23% Of The Time, Analysis Shows

The USC study, released on March 13, analyzed the prices that 1.6 million people paid for 9.5 million prescriptions in the first half of 2013, based on data from Optum Clinformatics, an organization that sells anonymized claims data for analysis, and National Average Retail Price (NARP) data, which contained drug prices paid by insurers and was based on a national survey of pharmacists.

It showed that the overpayments totaled $135 million during that six-month period.

As Trump Targets Immigrants, Elderly Brace To Lose Caregivers
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As Trump Targets Immigrants, Elderly Brace To Lose Caregivers

Nirva is one of about 59,000 Haitians living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian program that gave them permission to work and live here after the January 2010 earthquake devastated their country. Many work in health care, often in grueling, low-wage jobs as nursing assistants or home health aides.

Now these workers’ days are numbered: The Trump administration decided to end TPS for Haitians, giving them until July 22, 2019, to leave the country or face deportation.

More Than Half of Reported Haiti Victims of Sexual Assault Under 18, Report Says
Haiti, Health & Science

More Than Half of Reported Haiti Victims of Sexual Assault Under 18, Report Says

The data underlines the widespread effect of sexual gender-based violence said Dr. Carl Frédéric Casimir, MSF deputy medical coordinator in Haiti. More than half of the clinic’s patients are under 18 years old, according to the report. Many of these minors are survivors of rape. These kinds of attacks can cause unintended pregnancies, the spread of sexually-transmitted infections and negative mental health outcomes.

Organization Pushes for Sustainable Solutions to Cholera, Typhoid
Haiti, Health & Science

Organization Pushes for Sustainable Solutions to Cholera, Typhoid

By Wyatt Massey

Stopping the spread of disease is one of the most pressing issues in the country after the hurricane. As of Oct. 25, PANO/WHO estimated 3,423 suspected cholera cases. Cholera is a virus, spread by contaminated water, that severely dehydrates those with the disease. Haiti’s Ministry of Health announced a vaccination campaign starting Nov. 8 to bring 1 million oral vaccines to areas affected by cholera.

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