Posts tagged "diabetes"

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says
African Americans in Chicago suffer from high rates of HIV/AIDS, diabetes and hypertension, as well as childhood obesity and infant mortality. Because they’re disproportionately low-income, they are less likely to have health insurance, and even fewer have dental coverage, according to a fact sheet produced by chief medical officer of the Cook County Department of... Read more »

As new guest worker visa is proposed, report shows poor state of farm workers’ health

As new guest worker visa is proposed, report shows poor state of farm workers’ health
They pick the oranges that we eat to stave off a cold and the tomatoes in our sandwiches and salads. But their occupation is less likely to have health care coverage than any other major category. Seventy-five percent of farm workers in the United States don’t have health insurance, making them “by every measure …... Read more »

Good News: Racial health gap narrows ... Bad News: It's still wide

Since most of what we report here on Muckrakers is rather bleak, it’s always enjoyable to report something positive. So, here’s the good news: the gap in life expectancy between black folks and white folks in America has narrowed. But there’s bad news: the gap is still pretty big. According to the newest data released... Read more »
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City bans fast food restaurants. Should Chicago be next?

Some communities ban bars, liquor stores or strip clubs. But South Los Angeles is using its zoning laws to outlaw a different kind of foe: fast food. In 2008, South L.A., which has high poverty and obesity rates, enacted a moratorium on new fast food restaurants. And it’s stuck. Since then, not one McDonald’s or... Read more »

Poverty could begin in utero

When people complain that poor people aren’t doing enough to help themselves, I remind them most poor folks are children. One in three kids in Chicago live in poverty, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We already know that kids who live in poverty are more likely to end up poor as... Read more »

Is a community health worker one solution to health care crisis?

Seeing more TV commercials for glucometers and news stories about the diabetes drug, Avandia? It’s not just by chance. Diabetes has become an epidemic in American society, but nowhere more than African-American and Hispanic communities. About 6.6 percent of people who are white have been diagnosed with diabetes, a number that’s already disturbingly high. But... Read more »
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