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Racial Bias in Health Care Hurts Patients, But That Can Change

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All of a sudden, McKenzie Stewart seemed like an entirely different child.

Usually bubbly and carefree, the 4-year-old was cranky for a solid week. Once proud of her toilet-training progress, she was back to wetting the bed. And she cried constantly about being hungry and thirsty, no matter how much her doting parents gave her to eat and drink.

Her mother, Menda, had studied those symptoms in nursing school. So she took McKenzie to the pediatrician's office and asked that she be tested for type 1 diabetes.

"She doesn't need that," the ...