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News spotlight: CDC finds health disparities based on gender, race, income

Nurse Leader Insider, January 17, 2011

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a report examining certain social and health indicator inequalities. The report compiled the most up-to-date national data on disparities in mortality, morbidity, behavioral risk factors, healthcare access, preventive health services, and social detriments, and found that differences in income, race, and gender have an impact on Americans’ likelihood of being healthy.

According to the CDC report, men are nearly four times more likely to commit suicide than women, high blood pressure is more common among blacks than whites, and people with lower incomes have higher rates of hospitalization.

The CDC also said that these health differences can be reduced with public awareness, and a general understanding of which factors are most vulnerable, and which factors are most correctable through available resources.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



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