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Researchers Seek To End Disparities In Cancer, Stroke Care

HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report: Research has shown that there is a racial gap in breast cancer care, "with black and Hispanic women less likely to get recommended breast cancer treatments than white patients." A new study by researchers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute "suggests that financial factors such as economic and social class or access to insurance alone can't explain the 'gap': Even after accounting for those differences, racial disparities in breast cancer care still showed up" (Doheny, 10/12).

The Associated Press/The Washington Post:  "Too few stroke sufferers get ... clot-busting treatment, especially black and Hispanic patients who are at highest risk of having a stroke and also may be particularly hesitant to seek fast care. New research is targeting those underserved populations to better spread the word that 'time is brain' - the faster you move the more brain you save" (Neergaard, 10/12).

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