Race, Gender & Health

Journal Article
Boswell B, Zimitri Erasmus, Johannes S, and Ratele SMK. Racist Science: The Burden of Black Bodies and Minds. The Thinker: A Pan-African Quarterly for Thought Leaders [Internet]. 2019;81 :4-8. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The point of our objection is
that this study draws on a racist
epistemological frame despite
centuries of Black radical
anticolonial activism and scholarship
produced in opposition to these
framings. The implications of this
study are that Black women bear
the burden of its findings, while
Black knowledges are debased
and erased.

Vincent Damotte1, Chao Zhao1 CL2 EW3 YL5 AM3 RK3 MMD4 5 4 4. Multiple Measures Reveal The Value of Both Race And GeographicAncestry For Self-Identification. bioRxiv [Internet]. 2019. Publisher's VersionAbstract

There is long-standing tension regarding whether and how to use race or geographic ancestry in biomedical research. We examined multiple self-reported measures of race and ancestry from a cohort of over 100,000 U.S. residents alongside genetic data. We found that these measures are often non-overlapping, and that no single self-reported measure alone provides a better fit to genetic ancestry than a combination including both race and geographic ancestry. We also found that patterns of reporting for race and ancestry appear to be influenced by participation in direct-to-consumer genetic ancestry testing. Our results demonstrate that there is a place for the language of both race and geographic ancestry as we seek to empower individuals to fully describe their family history in research and medicine.

One Sentence Summary Self-identification in the United States according to both racial and geographic terms best reflects genetic ancestry in individuals.

Web Article
HAILU RUTH. Fitbits and other wearables may not accurately track heart rates in people of color. STAT [Internet]. 2019. Publisher's VersionAbstract
An estimated 40 million people in the United States have smartwatches or fitness trackers that can monitor their heartbeats. But some people of color may be at risk of getting inaccurate readings.