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Identifying disparities in diagnosis and treatment

People traditionally think of health disparities in terms of race. But numerous other factors contribute to the sharp differences in life expectancy and disease rates in the United States, said speakers at Health Journalism 2012 in Atlanta.

The panelists discussed recent innovations that have the potential for reducing inequalities and offered a list of questions that reporters should ask about any new technology. One panelist emphasized looking beyond the common myths to find the real reasons that some groups are under-represented in clinical trials.

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