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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Nov. 14, 2008
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Doctors Study Repatriation of Uninsured Immigrants
from The New York Times
The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted this week to undertake a study of the repatriation of uninsured immigrant patients by hospitals. But the national organization’s delegates, while expressing concerns about repatriations and what they called the "inappropriate discharge of patients," declined to take a stand before examining in detail the legal, financial and medical issues involved. More

Racial Blood Pressure Gap to Blame for Deaths of 8,000 Blacks Yearly
from The Minneapolis Star Tribune
The lives of nearly 8,000 black Americans could be saved each year if doctors could figure out a way to bring their average blood pressure down to the average level of whites, a study has found. The gap between the races in controlling blood pressure is well-known, but the resulting number of lives lost startled some scientists. More

Analysis: Obama Health Plan to Cost $75 Billion
from Reuters
President-elect Barack Obama's plans to overhaul the U.S. health care system would cost the federal government $75 billion but would provide health insurance for 95 percent of Americans, consulting firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers said. This works out to about $2,500 per newly insured person, the firm said in a report. More

Study: Same-sex Heart Transplants are Better
from the U.S. News & World Report
Turns out men and women really are different at heart. New research finds that heart transplant patients have better odds of survival and a lower risk of rejection if they get organs from donors of the same sex. Size may be part of the explanation. Men's hearts are bigger than women's and have greater pumping capacity, and men who get men's hearts fare better. More

Helping Young Minorities See They Can Be Doctors
from The New York Times
When 15-year-old Alexis Cloud was in the eighth grade, she told her social studies teacher that she wanted to become a doctor, a dream she says she has had since she was little. Her teacher was not exactly heartening, telling Alexis that becoming a doctor would require many years of school. More

Major Study of Chinese-Americans Debunks 'Model Minority' Myth
from Science Daily
The returns on Chinese Americans' investment in education and sweat equity are "generally lower than those in the general and non-Hispanic white population," according to a report titled, "A Chinese American Portrait." It adds that, on average, Chinese American professionals in the legal and medical fields earn as much as 44 percent less than their white counterparts. More

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