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Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Dr. Roberto Montenegro, a postdoctoral fellow in child psychiatry at Seattle Children’s Hospital is part of a growing group of scientists trying to answer some big, complicated questions: What does the repeated experience of discrimination actually do to your body? And could such experiences be partially responsible for health disparities that exist among different groups in America? "Individually these incidents seem benign," Montenegro says. "But cumulatively I believe that they act like sort of low-grade microtraumas that can that end up hurting you and your biology. It's not just having your feelings hurt. It's having your biology hurt as well."

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