Upcoming health care reforms could reduce one of the more mysterious disparities in the U.S.: The difference in infant mortality rates between black and white babies, the Los Angeles Times reports. Black babies are more than twice as likely to die before they turn one, compared to white babies.
In a new feature, the Times outlines the problem of disparate infant mortality rates by profiling two babies and their families. That's Adris Bradley at the top of the page on the Times's site, wearing the cutest-ever soft plastic baby glasses. It's a relief to see him so healthy and happy there, especially if you scroll down to see how he looked when he was born at a paltry 1 pound, 8 ounces.
There's been a lot of talk about improving black babies' health by upping the number of black moms who get prenatal care—vital for mom and baby—but researchers now think the roots of infant mortality inequality reach further back in time than that. The Obama Administration's controversial health care reforms are set to expand Medicaid coverage, require all Americans to have health insurance, and make other changes to health insurance in the U.S. Different parts of the law will take effect at different times; some have already come online. Overall, researchers hope the changes will reduce other health inequalities that affect black women disproportionately, and that may affect any babies they have down the road, including lower rates of health insurance coverage and higher rates of diabetes and obesity.
Nevertheless, equality may require changes on other fronts, too. Although differences in income, education and health care access explain some of the inequity in American infant mortality rates, they don't explain everything. Babies of highly educated black mothers, such as Adris' mom, are still at higher risk than babies of white women with less education. The cumulative effects of racism and stress seem to make a difference, too, U.S. Health and Human Services Department researcher Kay Johnson told the Los Angeles Times.
Popsci would you guys just cut it out with the Obama propaganda and just report cool science and cool gadgets? its really getting old..
Yeah big mystery...
- same as its a big mystery why a disproportionate amount of black families have a missing father.
- or why a disproportionate amount of blacks are in jail.
- or why a disproportionate amount of blacks are poor.
- or why a disproportionate amount of black babies die before the age of 1.
- or why a disproportionate amount of black on black crimes.
- disproportionate amount on welfare.
- need I go on?
Is it all because of racism? Well, let's see. If I, as a white man walk into a store, I have to stand in the same line. When I use a public restroom I use the same ones that blacks do. When I walk into a place that is predominately black I get looked at funny, even made to feel uncomfortable! Forbid. I get the same benefits. And at times I am passed up for a good job due to some racial quota system called equal opportunity employment.. probably as a joke. I can't attend certain all black colleges. There is no NAAWP to protect my civil rights or to help me advance my goals and agendas. My kids may get passed up for a college for that same darn racial quota thing that has nothing to do with the fact that they are leaps and bounds ahead intellectually.
So ok, when I put it that way.... people seem to be prejudice against me just because of my color. But in reality.... it's just a day in the life. It's just a state of mind. I see only two classes of people out there. Those who are intellectually advanced as a society, and those who are not. And it has nothing to do with color. It's like the humans in star trek vs the humans in Dredd. And that explains gun issues, health issues, education issues, mortality rate issues, quality of life issues, environmental issues, incarceration issues... just about every issue on the planet can be explained by the difference in intellect between the two classes of people I mentioned.
But hey, that's just my opinion.
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Absolutely accurate article title. With the increased cost of medical care, and the number of poor Americans whose family care is being dropped by employers, it's only a matter of time until White Infant Mortality increases, bringing it closer to parity with blacks and making us all seem like a less racist society.
End abortion and the black baby mortality rate will drop. There is a disproportionate number of blacks aborted. It goes back to the racists roots that helped start the butchery.
Sheesh, the right-wingers are out in full force today. Where's D49 though?
Frosttty, you always gotta see things from a left or right perspective dontcha? Can you ever just judge an issue based on common sense?
How about you contribute your opinion on the subject matter instead of just telling us how you lean politically? Cuz this is, after all, a science magazine and I, at least, really don't care what motivates your thoughts. Is that all you got up there is a angle of the dangle meter?
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GGenua, well said. That is all.
GGenua, you and bagpipes always have the same far right-wing position, so yeah I'm gonna call it out. You even said in a previous article you were happy to see the left get taken down a peg because an article mentioned the benefits of eating meat when just an article or two prior you'd thrown a fit that the article addressed why you shouldn't ONLY eat meat. You turn these things into political arguments and get upset that they don't call them as you want them to be called. An article can reference scientific research into a subject for which you have a concern and you flip out when their conclusion points against your wishes. Don't talk to me about being motivated by science.
How will ObamaCare cut the disparity in infant mortality the "researchers" say is due to the "accumulated effects of racism and stress"?
Your title promised something about the expectations of researchers. Those researchers were surprisingly absent from the this ad...uh...article! Do they have any adults working at this site?
This article makes the MASSIVE assumption that a significant portion of babies that die in the first year do so due to a lack or prenatal care for mom or postnatal care for the child.
How will Obamacare in any way affect more than a few cases of infant death?
Shaken baby or other trauma? Nope.
Neglect and malnutrition? Nope.
Drug abuse / exposure? Nope.
Collateral violence? Nope.
Obamacare does not solve poverty, nor does it make the incompetent poor suddenly competent.
This is propaganda with no attempts to actually isolate the causes of death and what Obamacare might do for them. Rather, all it does is speculate about the wonders of the emperor's illustrious new clothes.
It's interesting to note that our infant mortality rate here in the US is about 3 times higher than in Sweden. They have a much better social welfare system for healtcare and education. Could that have something to do with it? We don't even rank in the top 15 for lowest infant mortality rate... Good job, us.