Racism & Bias

Measurements using race continue to guide the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary disease. New research looks at the harm that may cause.

The enslavement of Black people led to a wave of health crises in their descendants. Cash
payments could offer one just remedy.

The pandemic brought both setbacks and opportunities for young scientists. But female researchers are getting the worst of it.

Black physicians fought—and lost—a milestone battle against the American Medical Association in 1870.

Medical journals have a blind spot when it comes to race. But a blueprint for change is beginning to emerge.

Shirlene Obuobi—cartoonist and physician—shows how dark days sometimes call for a light touch.

Bias gets baked into algorithms that guide medical care. Rooting it out will take patience and cooperation.

For decades, researchers have looked at social factors to explain the greater presence of disease in Black populations. But the stress of experiencing racism causes great harm, too.

In the wake of a landmark year of activism, medical schools, hospitals and the research establishment are seeking to excise racial discrimination. How well have they done?

Gene changes related to culture may play into how disease affects the body, according to researcher Esteban Burchard.

Xóchitl Castañeda looks for the immigrants invisible to the U.S. health care system.

Jack Geiger discusses the importance of physician activism in promoting community health

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