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Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 70,000 Black people died prematurely in 2019 compared to their white peers — on average, 190 people dying prematurely every day for a year. Covid-19 has likely made that worse. Due to a range of structural factors, Black people are disproportionately likely to get seriously ill and die from the disease. A recent study in PNAS found that the Black-white life expectancy gap grew by nearly a year and a half in 2020 due to the coronavirus, from 3.6 to 5 years.

In a recent Vox article, CBSSM's Dr. Melissa Creary was interviewed on the growing black-white life expectancy gap.


While most adults over 50 understand that overuse of antibiotics is a problem, and say they're cautious about taking the drugs, a sizable minority have used antibiotics for something other than their original purpose, and appear to think the drugs could help treat colds, which are caused by viruses not bacteria. These findings, contained in a new paper in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, come from a national poll of people between the ages of 50 and 80 carried out as part of the National Poll on Healthy Aging. CBSSM's Jeffrey Kullgren was the article's senior author.


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Health experts have said that ending the COVID-19 pandemic relies heavily on the vast majority of people getting vaccinated to safely reach herd immunity and limit the ability of the coronavirus to spread.

Yet, according to a recent University of Michigan sponsored National Poll on Healthy Aging, just 58% of adults aged 50 to 80 asked in fall 2020 said they’d get vaccinated against COVID-19 when it was their turn. Other more recent polls see that willingness is increasing as frontline healthcare workers, essential workers and older people are vaccinated. Yet, many remain hesitant for various reasons.

CBSSM's Brian Zikmund-Fisher and other experts weigh in on ways to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

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Research has shown that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women in a variety of ways throughout academic medicine. For example, Reshma Jagsi, M.D., DPhil, deputy chair of radiation oncology and director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at Michigan Medicine, recently found that women are significantly underrepresented as authors of academic research papers published throughout the pandemic. This is likely because many women have had to take on greater responsibilities at home.

This notion led Jagsi and Alangoya Tezel, a first-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School, to team up to study the representation of physicians during the COVID-19 news cycle. Their research was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.