Racial disparities in health outcomes are complicated, but this is one place to start. (Featuring our Mary Catherine Beach)

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Words Matter

May 10, 2018

A Johns Hopkins study led by our Mary Catherine Beach found that physicians who use stigmatizing language in their patients’ medical records may affect the care those patients get for years to come

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Our Nancy Kass responds to reports that the CDC this week forbid the agency from using the words diversity, transgender, vulnerable, fetus, entitlement, evidence-based, or science-based in certain communications

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The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in official documents being prepared for next year’s budget

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Imagination Is Ancient

September 11, 2017

Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associations

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Miscommunication due to language barriers is a growing health care issue, and technologies to aid interpretation are racing to keep up

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With help from a well-funded, well-researched and invigorated anti-abortion movement, Republican politicians have refined how they are talking about pregnancy and abortion rights, choosing their words in a way they hope puts Democrats on the defensive

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