In the US, pregnancy-related deaths are up to 3X more likely for African American, Native American and Alaska Native women, according to an alarming new CDC report. Most pregnancy-related deaths are caused by complications from severe bleeding.

A scholar of rights, slavery and freedom, Thea Hunter found herself entrapped in the brutal cycle common to adjunct professors who occupy “the lowest rung” in the caste system of academia, writes Adam Harris. Despite her brilliance, Hunter—a black woman—was unable to…

In 2006, warning labels from suppliers classified talc as “possibly carcinogenic” when used as a genital antiperspirant/deodorant. Baby Powder hawker Johnson & Johnson knew this—and that talc contained small amounts of asbestos–but doubled down on marketing the product…

Baltimore’s legacy of segregation, high poverty rates and massive socio-economic disparities means the toll of opioids is especially acute in the city's black communities. Overdose deaths in the 1990s prompted the state of Maryland and Baltimore to expand access to…

African American brains remain “the submerged part of the iceberg” in neuroscience. A new effort launched in Baltimore this week aims to fill this “gaping hole in medicine:” understanding how brain diseases manifest among African Americans, a hugely underrepresented…

African Americans and Hispanics have seen the sharpest rise in fentanyl overdose deaths, according to the first CDC analysis to single out the drug’s role in the opioid crisis, The Washington Post reports.

In Texas’s Rio Grande Valley—where a third of people have diabetes—an alarming number of people are losing limbs to a disease they can’t afford to manage. Chronically underinsured, the region is also overwhelmingly Hispanic—a demographic more likely to develop type 2…

HIV mortality rates are declining thanks to effective medications and growing awareness of the disease. But among black women in the US, late diagnoses and unique social and health concerns still make the disease harder to manage—as women's stories attest, the Washington…

US government epidemiologist Bill Jenkins, known for his effort to expose the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study, has died at age 73.   For Jenkins, who was black, the infamous act of deception confirmed his belief that research was biased against people of color. From 1932-…

“Bomb trains” are another potentially disastrous consequence of fracking—the process of extracting oil from rock layers. Trains hauling highly explosive crude are one derailment away from causing unthinkable damage in the typically low-income and minority neighborhoods cut…