Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times, January 27
African-American men with prostate cancer are almost twice as likely to die from the illness as white men with the same disease. Disparities in medical care, rather than racial differences in the course of the cancer, may be a large part of the explanation, a new study suggests.
Serena Gordon, U.S. News & World Report, January 27
A new study shows that having black men tested for diabetes at barbershops could be a way to ensure more timely diagnoses. Previous studies have shown that because barbershops are a trusted community place among black men, they can be ideal settings to screen for high blood pressure by removing the usual barriers to care. A new study offered customers diabetes screenings at eight New York City barbershops. Among those who took the test, 10 percent learned they had average blood sugar levels that indicated type 2 diabetes. And almost 30% appeared to have prediabetes.