Consensus Panel Reports

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NEWLY RELEASED - Hepatitis C: A Crisis in the African American Community: Findings and Recommendations: In this landmark report, the NMA calls for an aggressive approach to addressing HCV, including an increased focus from healthcare providers, government agencies,
and private and public organizations.

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FREE - Respiratory Syncytial Virus and African Americans: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a member of the paramyxovirus family.28 This is the same family of viruses that includes other childhood illnesses for which effective vaccines have been developed.

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Cancer in Minorities and the Undeserved: The National Medical Association (NMA), a leader in African American health issues, represents the collective interests of over 30,000 African American physicians and health professionals and the patients they serve.

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Chronic Kidney Disease: The National Medical Association (NMA) has identified chronic kidney disease (CKD) among African Americans as a serious health problem in the United States. Racial and ethnic disparities have been globally documented on the prevalence, incidence, and treatment of CKD. 
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Cultural Competence Primer: According to the U.S. Census, minorities now account for 25 percent of the U.S. population. It is estimated that by the year 2042, that number will be greater than 50 percent. It is well known that minorities experience an unequal burden of poor heal 
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Diabetes in the African American Community: Diabetes, the nation’s sixth leading cause of death by disease, disproportionately affects African Americans, who are nearly 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes than whites of the same age1.
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End Stage Renal Disease: The National Medical Association has identified end stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure, as a serious national health problem posing a dire and disparate health burden for the African American community.

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HIV / AIDS Testing and Treatment: In the National Medical Association’s (NMA) consensus report, “Addressing the HIV/AIDS Crisis in the African American Community: Fact, Fiction and Policy,” several recommendations were compiled to address the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AID.
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Increasing Awareness and Treatment of Lupus: The NMA is the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing African-American physicians and health professionals in the United States and the Caribbean. The NMA, established in 1895, is the collective voice of more than 25,000 African-American physicians and the patients they serve.
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Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders: Approximately eight in ten Americans who are treated for depression will enter into a state of recovery. Moreover, recent research reveals that through the use of comprehensive wraparound services in combination with treatment by a psychiatrist and other mental health professionals
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Our Brothers Keeper: From birth to the grave, black men suffer disproportionately from preventable disease and death. Although death rates for both African Americans and Whites have declined nationally for several of the leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and cirrhosis of the liver)
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Managing Pain: Pain is one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit and left undertreated is a serious public health problem that affects a wide cross-section of Americans. Studies have shown that undertreated pain is particularly acute in minority communities primarily because of physician bias
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Racism in Medicine: According to the latest available data, African Americans are plagued with persistent race-based health disparities that have existed for centuries, and their level of health continues to decline when compared to their White counterparts and the population as a whole.
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Smoking Cessation: In 2006, the national medical association revisited the subject of tobacco use and its disproportionate effects on the health of African Americans.  The NMA National Programs staff invited experts to join the Smoking Cessation Consensus Panel to examine the effects of smoking
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Every day, about 1,000 people die from coronary heart disease (CHD) and the majority of these deaths are a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).i SCA is now one of the leading causes of death in the United States, accounting for the vast majority of the 310,000 deaths per year

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The Role of Dairy and Dairy Products: Food preferences and misconceptions regarding dairy consumption may be hindering African Americans from attaining optimal health. Current research on calcium and other nutrients specifically derived from dairy food sources (including phosphorus, vitamin D, protein, potassium, and magnesium)
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The Effective Managment of Asthma: The National Medical Association (NMA)—the oldest and largest professional organization of African-American physicians—has launched a national asthma initiative. Asthma affects African Americans disproportionately.

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A Focus on Congestive Heart Failure in African Americans:Through utilization of a Consensus Panel methodology, a number of findings emerged from an intensive discussion of current data and research on heart failure disparities and African-Americans.
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Lactose Intolerance and Health Disparities Among African Americans and Hispanic Americans: Dairy foods contribute essential nutrients to the diet including calcium, potassium and vitamin D; nutrients identified in the 2010 ...

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