*A newly released study strongly suggests that Black, Hispanic and poor patients in America are far less likely than whites to be referred to the best hospitals for treatment of brain tumors.

The study was the work of researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. It was published in last month’s issue of the medical journal Archives of Surgery.

According to the study, Hispanic patients were about 30% less likely to be seen at the best treatment centers while African-American patients treated at these specialty hospitals declined year to year. In the final five years of the study, African-Americans were a third less likely to be admitted.

The researchers found similar results for low-income patients, with those making less than $60,000 a year 43% less likely to be admitted than those making more. [source: Taylor Media Services –  www.blacknewsjournal.net ]