How medical tests have built-in discrimination against Black people

Race-based adjustments are widely used in some diagnostic tests

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THE assumption that Black people have a lower level of cognitive function than white people was, until recently, built into a formula used by the US National Football League to settle head injury lawsuits. The NFL has now pledged to stop using this “race-norming” formula, but race-based adjustments in routine diagnostic tests remain pervasive in mainstream medicine. Although some scientific organisations are working to remove such adjustments, many contacted by New Scientist declined to take a stance on the issue, which …

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