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Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Technology
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes.Landrum, a Black retiree from General Motors and a longtime anti-pollution activist, wasn't impressed when Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler recently pledged $ 200,000 to promote “community health initiatives” in her section of the city during his blitz of visits to battleground states in the presidential election campaign.“Is this a joke?” she said. “It would take billions of dollars to fix what is wrong with our environment here. All of a sudden he's going to throw somebody a...
Ethnic minority Covid risk ‘not explained by racism’

Ethnic minority Covid risk ‘not explained by racism’

Health
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NFL owners to vote on proposal to incentivize minority coach, GM hires

NFL owners to vote on proposal to incentivize minority coach, GM hires

Sports
May 15 (UPI) -- The NFL will present a pair of resolutions to league owners next week, including one that would improve draft picks for teams that hire minority candidates in head coach or general manager roles. Under the proposal, which is aimed at fixing diversity issues across the league, a team could upgrade its third-round draft selection by up to 16 picks if a minority candidate is hired. The draft pick could go up 10 spots for hiring a minority general manager or an equivalent-level position and six spots for hiring a minority candidate as head coach. If the plan is approved, teams also could move up five spots in the fourth round should a minority general manager or head coach enter the third year on the job. If a minority quarterbacks coach is retained after one season, the club...
Minority hospitals less likely to give end of life relief, study says

Minority hospitals less likely to give end of life relief, study says

Health
Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Hospitals that primarily serve people of color are less likely to provide relief from the stress of a serious illness, regardless of the person's race, a new study says. Only about 22 percent of white patients with metastatic cancer received palliative care, according to research published Friday in JAMA Network Open. "We knew that black and Hispanic cancer patients receive palliative care at lower rates than white patients, but until now, we didn't know why. Was it just that doctors were not offering these services to their black and Hispanic patients? Or is there some other factor at play?" said Alexander Cole, a researcher at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in a news release. Overall, the study included more than 600,000 ind...
Minority take up 'life-saving' free health check

Minority take up 'life-saving' free health check

Health
Fewer than half of people eligible for a NHS health check in England have taken up the offer, despite it being free to everyone over 40.The routine check can pick up heart problems early and help to prevent dementia, plus highlight the need to stop smoking, NHS England said.The check-up takes 20 minutes and is carried out by a GP or nurse.It involves tests on blood pressure, weight and height, and is offered every five years up to the age of 74.Around 7.15 million people have had a free health check since 2013, yet 15 million are eligible, NHS stats show.NHS England said identifying people with an irregular heartbeat or high blood pressure and giving them treatment would help to prevent dangerous blood clots which could lead to s...