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U.S. News & World Report

Many Blacks, Hispanics believe they’ll get worse care if dementia strikes

Roy Hamilton of the Perelman School of Medicine said there’s significant evidence that people from racial or ethnic minority groups tend to receive worse medical care than white patients. “This feeds into or contributes to a complicated cycle of problems where individuals from historically marginalized groups are both more suspicious and more wary of pursuing care,” he said. “And when they do, oftentimes those suspicions are borne out.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

‘This is something that we weren’t taught’: How a brand-new nurse learned to treat an unknown disease

Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing said short staffing in hospitals has been exacerbated by the pandemic. “Chronic understaffing in hospitals and chaotic and inefficient work environments put nurses in a very poor position to be able to respond to the COVID surge because they were already reaching deep inside themselves in the normal context of care,” she said.



What to know about at-home tests for colorectal cancers

Shivan Mehta of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about take-at-home tests as a convenient way to screen patients for colon cancer. “The FIT test has been around for a very long time,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to do than a colonoscopy. But in order to have similar effectiveness to colonoscopies, it has to be done every year. Both have pros and cons. Ultimately, the best test is the one that someone completes.”


PBS NewsHour

As a new vaccine becomes available, CDC chief warns against rolling back safeguards

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel said lifting restrictions on indoor dining and other COVID-19 precautions is premature, in spite of the new vaccines. “The peak was just six weeks ago. We have been in this heightened state of public health alert for the last six, seven weeks,” he said. “We should not just rush out and reverse all of the advances we have had, especially with these new variants.”


The Hill

The vaccine leads the march to ending the COVID-19 pandemic

James Alwine of the Perelman School of Medicine co-authored an op-ed about how mass vaccination and continued vigilance can help bring an end to the pandemic.