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    Rates of early onset cancer are increasing across the globe, and experts are blaming the modern western diets, upticks in obesity and poor sleeping habits among the youth for the increase. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, gathered data on 14 cancers from 44 countries across the world, and found that early onset cases were near universally increasing. The research team speculates that multiple factors are at play. Increased alcohol use, overuse of antibiotics, increasing average height, sedentary lifestyles and higher obesity rates, devastating smoking rates at the end of the 1900s and poor sleep habits all have plagued the age cohort most affected by this increase, and are all linked to upticks in cancer risk. They say that these factors are related to the 'western-style' diet, where a person consumes more processed, high fat, foods and sugary drinks. Many in the west also live sedentary lifestyles. In America in particular, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed last week that only 25 percent of the population was reaching weekly fitness marks. Researchers found that early...
    (CNN)A study published in January by a leading non-profit organization that focuses on gun violence prevention found that there is a direct correlation in states with weaker gun laws and higher rates of gun deaths, including homicides, suicides and accidental killings.The study by Everytown for Gun Safety determined that California had the strongest gun laws in the country. Hawaii topped the list with the lowest rate of gun deaths in the country while Mississippi led the country with both the weakest gun laws and highest rate of gun deaths. "What this project does, is show what we've been saying for years: Gun laws save lives," said Nick Suplina, senior vice president of law and policy at Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. "We think this is going to be a really important tool for lawmakers, reporters and advocates that have been looking for the kind of visual tool that can make that case clearly." The findings of the study have come into sharp focus following a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, in which 19...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new study found that states with weaker gun laws have higher rates of gun deaths. Everytown for Gun Safety compared each state’s rate of gun deaths in 2020 with the policies they say are proven effective in preventing gun violence. It found a direct correlation between weaker gun laws and higher rates of gun homicides, suicides and accidental killings. New Jersey was in the top 10 for the strongest gun laws. Delaware and Pennsylvania were both characterized as making progress.
    (CNN) — A new study published Thursday by a leading non-profit organization that focuses on gun violence prevention found that there is a direct correlation in states with weaker gun laws and higher rates of gun deaths, including homicides, suicides and accidental killings. The study by Everytown for Gun Safety determined that California had the strongest gun laws in the country. Hawaii topped the list with the lowest rate of gun deaths in the country while Mississippi led the country with both the weakest gun laws and highest rate of gun deaths. “What this project does, is show what we’ve been saying for years: Gun laws save lives,” said Nick Suplina, senior vice president of law and policy at Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. “We think this is going to be a really important tool for lawmakers, reporters and advocates that have been looking for the kind of visual tool that can make that case clearly.” To compile its list, the group used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at each state’s rate of gun deaths in...
    (CNN)Many countries in Latin America were hit with soaring Covid-19 death rates early in the pandemic, as coronavirus raged throughout the region. The tide is turning in many Latin American nations today, where vaccination rates are outpacing countries in Europe and North America and helping drive down deaths.The vaccine rollout was slow at the start, with just getting the vaccines in hand a major issue. Just six months ago, Latin America and the Caribbean were reporting just under half of all Covid-19 related deaths worldwide. Now, the region accounts for about 10% of Covid-19 related deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.That's due to the accelerated delivery of European, American, Chinese and homegrown vaccines that a number of Latin American nations have received in the second half of this year, according to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) data. Cuba, Chile and Brazil are among the top ten countries globally in terms of those fully vaccinated, according to statistics compiled by PAHO. Cuba vaccinates children as young as 2 in strategy to reopen schools, economyOne reason for...
    LONDON (AP) — Almost two years into the pandemic, Black and other ethnic minority people in Britain are still dying with the coronavirus at higher rates than white residents, likely because of lower vaccination rates, a government-commissioned report said Friday. The research found that vaccination has sharply reduced COVID-19 death rates for people of all ethnicities. But Black and South Asian Britons die at higher rates even though white people are more likely to test positive for the virus. “In the first two waves, the higher death rate seen in ethnic minorities was primarily due to their higher risk of infection compared to whites — particularly in older age groups,” said Dr. Raghib Ali, the British government’s independent adviser on COVID-19 and ethnicity. In recent months, Ali said, “we are seeing lower infection rates in ethnic minorities than in white people, but rates of hospital admissions and deaths are still higher, with the pattern now matching levels of vaccine uptake in higher risk groups.” British health officials have launched information campaigns and worked with community groups and religious leaders...
    Children in the United States are much more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than children in England. American kids under age 18 are being newly admitted to hospitals with the virus at a rate up to four times higher than youngsters in England, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of publicly available data. This is despite the UK experiencing another wave of infections and having one of the highest seven-day incidence rates of Covid in the world. Health experts tell DailyMail.com that neither masks nor vaccination rates explain the disparity because face coverings are not required in any schools in England and the U.S. has higher rates of vaccinations among kids. Instead, they point to more widespread testing in the UK, which has outpaced the U.S., and higher rates of chronic conditions such as obesity, which increases the risk of Covid-related hospitalization.  From September 30 to October 6, between 0.07 children per 100,000 and 0.19 per 100,000 in England were being admitted to hospitals with Covid. Over the same time period, between 0.29 and 0.33 per 100,000 children in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Drive through almost any part the Bay Area, and you'll eventually pass from tree-lined streets to grittier cement-heavy neighborhoods with far less tree canopy. A so called green divide that's often visible in lower income areas with a higher percentage of people of color. But now, a new study is suggesting the consequences could also be a measurable health risk."What we found was that even once you account for the sort of demographic differences in in between low income and disadvantaged communities, and to more white and high income communities, there was still a relationship between nature and COVID outcomes," says Erica Spotswood, Ph.D., of the San Francisco Estuary Institute.RELATED: Poll finds minority business owners most negatively impacted by pandemic in CaliforniaSpotswood is a lead scientist at the institute. Along with colleague Rob McDonald of The Nature Conservancy, she compared data from 17 states that track COVID infections by zip code. They found that statistically neighborhoods with predominantly people of color typically had both less access to green space and higher infection rates. But to better...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Public health officials say they have determined that men of color in Los Angeles County have shockingly higher COVID-19 mortality rates than women, which is exacerbated by much lower vaccination rates. Even with rather similar case rates between men and women, Los Angeles County Public Health officials say the COVID-19 mortality rate among men is nearly double, at 289 deaths per 100,000, than that of women, which is 153 deaths per 100,000. READ MORE: Authorities Looking For Offender Who Left Los Angeles Rehabilitation Facility “That is definitely a concern understanding that it’s a communicable disease and how it spreads but at the same time just apprehensive,” said Kevin Hopkins, owner Kev’s Barbershop in Leimert Park. Los Angeles, CA – April 09: Joel Jurez, 22, holds hid dog Yuki as medical assistant Adrian Davis administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic established by Councilman Curren Price in partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Friday, April 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times...
    Serology tests on children in Northern Virginia to determine whether they’ve ever been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, show positivity rates twice that of adults. The study was conducted by the Virginia Department of Health, Inova Health System and George Mason University from July to October 2020 and involved more than 1,000 children 19-years-old and younger. “The pediatric serology project unexpectedly found more children were seropositive than we had anticipated,” said Dr. Rebecca Levorson, division director for Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Inova Children’s Hospital, in a news release. The overall antibody positivity rate in children was 8.5%, while a study on Northern Virginia adults revealed a COVID-19 antibody positivity rate of 4.4%. The study found children who identify as Hispanic were disproportionally impacted. Antibody positivity rate by race: 26.6% – Hispanic children 16.2% – children with multiple racial origins 5.7% – Asian children 5.3% – Black children 8.2% – white children Antibody positivity rate by age: 5-years-old and under, 13.7% 6 to 10 years old, 7.5% 11 to 15 years old, 5.1% 16 to...
    Johnce/Getty Images A study found LGBTQ+ people of color were twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 than straight white people. The study also found queer people of color were more likely to wear a mask and social distance. Researchers suspect the disparities are caused by a lack of access to healthcare and underlying conditions.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Queer people of color have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Communities of color have been devastated by COVID-19 and LGBTQ+ people have faced disproportionate rates of unemployment.  A report published February 25 found those who hold both identities are at an even higher risk of COVID-19. UCLA's Williams Institute found LGBTQ+ people of color are twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 (15%) than their white, straight counterparts (7%), and white LGBTQ+ counterparts (10.4%) despite being more likely to wear a mask and social distance.  Experts say the results could be related to a number of factors including how systemic racism worsens health and creates barriers to healthcare, being more likely to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Black women have higher recurrence and higher mortality rates compared to non-Hispanic white women, for certain types of breast cancer, according to a University of Illinois Chicago researcher's study published recently in JAMA Oncology.Doctor Kent Hoskins is an associate professor with UIC's division of hematology and oncology."We've known for more than three decades that Black women in this country have at least a 40% higher mortality rate compared to other woman," said Hoskins. "That's been generally attributed to inequities in high quality screening and high quality treatment, but we also know that the biology of the tumor plays a role."A commonly-used test to decide who needs chemo therapy for breast cancer is not as accurate in Black woman because original studies that were done to develop that test had a very small representation of Black woman, less than 5%, according to Hoskins.The same is true for treatment studies."To erase that problem, we need more representation in racial and ethnic minority women in various types of research," said Hoskins.Hoskins said that it's important to "know your own risk...
    What makes injuries more likely to occur at Amazon’s automated warehouses is that the company has unrealistic expectations of the human employees that work there. Where workers called pickers previously had to scan about 100 items every hour, Amazon now expects them to scan up to 400 products in the same amount of time. Those employees can’t keep with the robots without hurting themselves. What’s more, Reveal found Amazon has either been slow or shown no interest in listening to federal regulators when it comes to the issue. In 2015, the Occupational Saftey and Health Administration (OSHA) outlined policies Amazon could implement to keep employees safe at a robotic warehouse in New Jersey. For example, one suggestion was that the company rotates employees between different jobs throughout their shift to avoid repetitive stress injuries. Reveal  found that Amazon has yet to implement those measures across its warehouses.  When asked about its automated warehouses, a spokesperson for Amazon told Reveal, “the use of robotics, automation and technology in our fulfillment centers is enhancing our workplace, making jobs safer and more efficient.” We’ve reached out to...
    Amazon’s warehouses with robots, which the company has claimed would help reduce worker injuries, actually have higher injury rates than warehouses without automation, according to internal Amazon records obtained by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The stunning fact comes as part of a broader report investigating rising injury rates at Amazon warehouses across the country. Amazon’s warehouse robots are apparently so efficient that quotas have increased substantially, requiring workers to do repetitive motions over long shifts that can eventually lead to injuries. For example, workers who grab and scan items had their quotas increase from about 100 items an hour to 400 items an hour in the automated warehouses, according to the report. The rise in injury rates suggests automation could actually be creating a more dangerous environment for the workers, despite hopes that robots would take on the most dangerous tasks. Amazon piloted specific measures recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to help reduce injury risk, such as an extra rest break or rotating workers to other jobs during the day. But the measures...
    Loading the player... Last month, millions across the world were stunned when news broke that Chadwick Boseman had died of colon cancer at the young age 43. Now a new study has found that Black Americans are actually much more likely to die of colorectal cancer due to a lack of proper treatment. According to Yahoo, a study published today in JAMA Network Open, concluded that Black patients were the least likely to undergo life-saving surgery or chemotherapy. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAACP ) READ MORE: My husband died of colon cancer. He and Chadwick Boseman aren’t alone Researchers from the City of Hope National Medical Center in California recently conducted a study on 16,382 patients with colon cancer in an effort to pinpoint exactly why Black Americans are disproportionately at risk of dying from the disease. Although the disease is largely treatable at stages 1 and 2, Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 and succumbed to the illness in late August after a private four-year battle. Unfortunately, the prolific actor’s case isn’t atypical. African Americans are disproportionately diagnosed at later,...
    Americans living in dense cities are not causing the bulk of COVID-19 infections to rise and are not contributing to as many deaths, according to a new study.  The study, published on June 18 in the Journal of the American Planning Association, examined SARS-CoV-2 infections rates and death rates in 913 metropolitan counties in the country.   Led by a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the study determined that other factors - like race and education - were 'not significantly associated with county infection rate.'    The study, published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, examined infections rates and death rates in 913 metropolitan counties (NYC on June 15) 'These findings suggest that urban planners should continue to practice and advocate for compact places rather than sprawling ones, due to the myriad well-established benefits of the former, including health benefits,' said lead author Shima Hamidi, PhD. Hamidi is an assistant professor of American Health in Environmental Challenges in the university's Department of Environmental Health and Engineering.  According to the study, denser counties tended to have...
    Washington (CNN)A Republican Ohio state lawmaker said Thursday that he regrets asking a racist question earlier this week about the disproportionate rates of coronavirus cases among African Americans.The comments from state Sen. Stephen Huffman came on Tuesday during a hearing on a proposal to declare racism a public health crisis in the state. After one of the witnesses discussed health disparities among black Ohioans, Huffman interjected to ask his question."I understand African Americans have a higher incidence of chronic conditions and that makes them more susceptible to death from Covid. But why does it not make them more susceptible just to get Covid?" asked Huffman, who is also a practicing physician. "Could it just be that African Americans or the colored population do not wash their hands as well as other groups? Or wear a mask? Or do not socially distance themselves? Could that be the explanation for why the higher incidence?" The witness at the hearing where Huffman asked the question, Angela Dawson, who serves as the executive director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, quickly dismissed his...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday used social media and his daily coronavirus briefing to lash out against "injustice in the criminal justice system" and called for an end to the violent protests that have taken place in dozens of cities across the United States following the brutal death of George Floyd. Initially, the Democratic governor seemed to link the coronavirus outbreak to inequality and Floyd. "Why are black people dying from #COVID at higher rates than white people? Why are health outcomes worse in communities of color? Why did George Floyd die? Why does this happen again and again? It's all related," he waxed over Twitter. About an hour later he tweeted a list of the names of 18 minorities affected by police brutality. "Yes, the names change, but the color doesn't," Cuomo tweeted. About 20 minutes later he tweeted again, "You are in denial if you think the death of George Floyd was an isolated incident." Floyd, 46, died Monday night in Minneapolis while he was in police custody. A cell phone video showed Derek Chauvin, a...
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