Although More Common in White Americans, Studies Find That Black Americans With Afib Are More at Risk
Chronic Liver Disease Is the 9th Leading Cause of Death for Black People
In 2018, chronic liver disease was the ninth leading cause of death for non-Hispanic Black Americans 45 to 64 years old.
Learn more at the?Office of Minority Health.
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Colorectal Cancer Disparities Seen Among African Americans
African Americans are more often diagnosed with colorectal cancer at an earlier age and with more advanced disease.
Learn more in the?American Journal of Pathology.
Greater Risk for PAD and Delay in Treatment
African Americans are more likely to have peripheral artery disease (PAD) without showing symptoms, which delays treatment.
Learn more at the?American Heart Association.
Mental Health Problems Among Young Black Adults
Black young adults ages 18 to 25 experience higher rates of mental health problems and lower rates of mental health service utilization compared with their white counterparts.
Learn more at?Columbia University Department of Psychiatry.
Largest Study Examines Cardiovascular Disease in Black Americans
The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is the largest investigation of causes of cardiovascular disease in Black Americans, involving more than 5,300 men and women in Jackson, Mississippi.
Heart Failure Rates Higher Among Black Americans
Heart failure, a major public health problem, has increased most dramatically in young Black American men and women.
How Racism Can Lead to Chronic Disease
Chronic illnesses associated with experiencing racism include heart attack, neurodegenerative disease, and metastatic cancer.
Learn more in?Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Study Enrolling African Americans With Multiple Sclerosis
The?UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Project?is enrolling patients with multiple sclerosis to better understand how and why MS affects African Americans the way it does.
Learn more in?Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.
African American Patients Have a Lower Rate of Remission for RA
Learn more in the?American Journal of Medicine.
Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans
Learn more at the?Alzheimer’s Association.
The Number of African Americans at Risk for Alzheimer's Is Growing
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 10 percent of all people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. The number of African Americans age 65 and over is expected to reach 6.9 million by 2030.
Learn more at the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Diabetes-Related Risks Greater Among African Americans
Compared with white Americans, African Americans are?more likely?to be diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (3.5 times), be hospitalized for lower limb amputations (2.3 times), experience visual impairment (1.6 times), and die from diabetes (2 times).
Learn more in the?National Health Interview Survey.
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Black Americans Closely Follow COVID-19 News
About one-quarter (26 percent) of Black American adults said they discuss the COVID-19 outbreak nearly all the time, more than twice the 10 percent of white adults who said the same.
Learn more at the?Pew Research Center.
Disproportionate COVID-19 Deaths Reported Among Black Americans
According to U.S. death rates from COVID-19 data across all states:
- 1 in 1,500 Black Americans have died.
- 1 in 3,200 Latino Americans have died.
- 1 in 3,600 white Americans have died.
- 1 in 3,700 Asian Americans have died.
Black Americans experience the highest overall mortality rates and the most widespread occurrence of disproportionate deaths.
Learn more at?APM Research Lab.
Black American COVID-19 Patients Are Dying at Twice the U.S. Rate
As of October 14, 2020, at least 41,090 Black lives have been lost to COVID-19. That means Black Americans are dying at a rate that's more than 2 times higher than the overall population.
Learn more at?The COVID Racial Data Tracker.
Black Women and Hysterectomy-Related Complications
Learn more in?Obstetrics and Gynecology.
African American Women Are More Likely to Have High Blood Pressure
Learn more at the?U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Heart Disease and Stroke Risk Associated With Weight
Learn more at the?U.S. Department of Human Services' Office of Minority Health.
Overweight, Obesity, and Health Consequences in Children
Obesity in the African American community can be attributed to a number of societal elements, including affordable housing, income, and education. Health consequences include increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Learn more at the?National Institutes of Health and the "We Can" program.
Disparities in Birthing Mortality for Newborns
A 2020 study found that Black newborns were more likely to die in the hospital than white newborns when cared for by white physicians. The authors did not offer a reason by, but wrote that “it gives warrant for hospitals and other care organizations to invest in efforts to reduce such biases and explore their connection to institutional racism.”
Learn more in the?Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Racial Identity Can Lessen Impact of Discrimination
Discrimination’s long-term negative impact is moderated when a child understands and identifies with his or her racial or ethnic group.
Learn more in?Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Asthma Prevalence Among Black American Children
Learn more in the?National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
Studies Find Children of African Descent More Vulnerable to MIS-C
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), which affects blood vessels and organs, has symptoms similar to those of Kawasaki disease.
Studies Reveal Possible Ways to Reduce Dementia Risk In Black Americans
Black individuals have almost twice the rate of dementia as white individuals. Behavioral intervention can slow the memory decline in older Black Americans.
Learn more in?JAMA Neurology.
African American Mental Health Providers (AAMHP)?serves as a database for people of color to seek mental health professionals.
Millions Report Mental Illness in the Past Year
Black Americans adults are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than white adults, and 16 percent reported having a mental illness in the past year.
Rise in Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts
In 2018, 2.4 percent of Black Americans ages 18–25 made a suicide attempt, compared with 1.5 percent in 2008.
Learn more at?Mental Health America.
Black Americans More Skeptical of Experimental Drugs
Just over one-half of Black American adults (54 percent) say they would definitely or probably get a coronavirus vaccine if one were available today; 44 percent say they would not. Among Hispanic and white adults, 74 percent say they would and only about one-quarter would not.
Learn more at the?Pew Research Center.
Health Insurance Coverage Among African Americans
Learn more at the?U.S. Census Bureau.
African American Participation in Clinical Trials
Only 33 percent of African American women and 41 percent of African American men stated that they are willing to enroll in a trial if it means changing or starting medication.
Learn more at the?African American Health Engagement Study.
Disparities in Prescribing Pain Medication
Learn more in?JAMA Pediatrics.
The Top 10 U.S. Counties That Lack Adequately Nutritious Food Are Predominantly African American
Learn more at?Feeding America.