More African Americans need to participate in clinical trials

Washington Post.: February 21, 2014

David Satcher is honorary chairman of the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s and a former surgeon general of the United States.

Every February our society measures its progress in the march toward equality as part of Black History Month. But seldom do we discuss inequality in health, an injustice that continues to plague African Americans.

A whole host of health disparities remains unaddressed, including Alz­heimer’s — a disease that African Americans are two to three times more likely to develop than non-Hispanic whites. This disparity is rooted as much in our cultural heritage as in our genes. Read more