One in seven Americans is now 65 or older, comprising an increasing share of the U.S. population, according to the latest Profile of Older Americans. The annual summary of vital statistics from the Administration on Community Living (ACL) illustrates the shifting demographics of community-dwelling elders, including income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving. The summary also includes special sections on COVID-19 and mental health. Continue reading
The history of inequity in medical studies is long and harrowing, and it continues today. But at least today, there is more awareness of the history and the present-day problems that persist. For example, the Endocrine Society recently released a scientific statement demanding more research into sex differences for the sake of public health.
The fact that males and females — not to mention individuals who do not identify as either binary category — do not respond the same way to different diseases, drugs and other interventions has been a relatively new development in the history of clinical trials. As recently as 1977, women of childbearing age were explicitly excluded by the FDA from phase 1 and 2 drug trials. In practice, that often extended to phase 3 trials and other types of studies for various reasons. Continue reading
Melba Newsome is the new AHCJ core topic leader for health equity. A veteran freelance journalist from Charlotte, N.C., she has more than 20 years’ experience reporting on news and general interest topics.
Over the past year, she has reported extensively on COVID-19 in the Black community, funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. In the past decade, her work has focused primarily on education and health, with a concentration on disparities and rural health.
Her health and science features have appeared in Health Affairs, Oprah, Prevention, Scientific American, Chemical & Engineering News and North Carolina Health News. Continue reading
News organizations continue to grapple with ways to include in their stories more COVID-19 experts from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
Last year, AHCJ highlighted groups that have created databases in recent years to encourage reporters to extend their perspectives and typical networks. For specific COVID-19 experts, here are a few more places to look. Continue reading
The Association of Health Care Journalists has announced the selection of a new class of AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows. The 12 journalists – supported through a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust – will spend four days studying public health issues with experts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The AHCJ-directed fellowship program will include virtual presentations and discussions on COVID-19 issues, epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, chronic diseases, vaccines, influenza, opioids and other topics.