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This week in the Reader Steve Bogira writes that homicide isn’t the only mortal danger in Chicago’s poor black neighborhoods, where cancer, heart disease, stroke, and unintentional injury all truncate residents’ life spans. The infant mortality rate, Steve noted, is two and a half times higher in the city’s five poorest neighborhoods than in the five least poor, and diabetes-related deaths more than double. “The economic and racial disparities in nonviolent causes of death, especially cancer and heart disease, merit close attention—more attention than they’ve been receiving,” he writes.

In Monday’s New York Times, Douglas Quenqua reported on another racial health disparity: sleep. The notion that people sleep differently based on their race is relatively new, Quenqua writes: though it’s not known exactly why, scientists have found that “non-Hispanic whites get more and better-quality sleep than people of other races . . . Blacks are the most likely to get shorter, more restless sleep.” Researchers are hopeful that figuring out different sleep patterns might help them understand why some racial demographics—namely African-Americans and Latinos, who average 6.9 hours and 6.8 hours of sleep a night, respectively, to whites’ 7.4 hours—”experience higher rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.” Across all races the consequences of little or low-quality sleep aren’t good, including “obesity, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and high blood pressure,” plus emotional afflictions like depression and mood swings.