Concerns Surrounding Race-Based Medicine

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Race-Based Medicine

"GeneticizingDisease: Implications for Racial Health Disparities" (.pdf), Center for American Progress: The report, by Jamie Brooks andMeredith King of the Center for American Progress, details racial and ethnichealth disparities and how the emergence of race-based medicine can bedangerous. According to the report, the "geneticizing" of disease ismost appropriate in instances where it is known that a specific gene or genevariant can cause a disease; however, the report says that genetic medicine isnot as appropriate when genes are linked to health conditions that are thenlabeled as race-specific. The report examines the evolution of racialcategories in the U.S.According to the report, social determinants, such as residential segregationand other inequities, have continued to marginalize the status of minorities inthe health system and perpetuate health disparities (Center for AmericanProgress release, 1/15).

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