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Medical journals reluctant to take on racism, critics say

An editor’s departure at JAMA is bringing calls for a sharper focus on racism and its consequences.
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Banks fight $4 billion debt relief plan for Black farmers

Lenders are pressuring the Agriculture Department to give them more money, saying quick repayments will cut into profits.
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Farhana Sultana: Climate and COVID-19 crises both need feminism - here's why

People all over the world are reeling from the one-two punch of climate change and COVID-19. The overlapping crises are exposing and intensifying patterns of disadvantage, marginalization and inequality for vulnerable people including the poor, minorities, children, women and the elderly.

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Treating people like scrap is the American way

It seems as though the government favors anyone planning to spew pollution into the air, bury garbage or pour crap into waterways where poor and minority people live.It’s been going on for years, and now is happening on the Southeast Side.
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Jeremy Samuel Faust, Harlan M. Krumholz, Rochelle P. Walensky: People wrongly thought COVID was relatively harmless for younger adults

New research shows that July may have been the deadliest month for young adults in modern American history.
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Wealthier, whiter areas are more likely to get help after fires, data show

New research offers further signs that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change.
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Social inequities explain racial gaps in pandemic, studies find

Higher rates of infection and mortality among Black and Hispanic Americans are explained by exposure on the job and at home, experts said.
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Is American dietetics a white-bread world? These dietitians think so

A new generation of practitioners says the profession pays inadequate attention to different kinds of diets, body types and lives.
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Biden shortlist for key post shows environmental justice focus

Candidates for head of Council on Environmental Quality signal likely prioritization of environmental policies to ensure cleaner air and water for poor and minority communities.

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Scientific journals commit to diversity, but lack the data

Several prominent publishers said they did not track the race and ethnicity of the researchers contributing to their platforms.
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Will the hardest-hit communities get the coronavirus vaccine?

A committee that advises the C.D.C.’s director is working on a plan to equitably distribute immunizations when they become available.
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The pandemic's real toll? 300,000 deaths, and it's not just from the coronavirus

A C.D.C. analysis finds that overall death rates have risen, particularly among young adults and people of color.
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Hotter days widen racial gap in U.S. schools, data shows

Higher temperatures are linked to worse test scores, but only for Black and Hispanic children. The likely culprit: a lack of air-conditioning.
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Watch: How air pollution exposes America's racial disparities

This Pittsburgh-based environmental activist is exposing how air pollution is intrinsically linked to racial disparities in America.
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