One-third of U.S. labs have stopped using race-based equations to diagnose kidney disease

Even as a child, La’Tonzia Adams was interested in diagnosing disease. One day, when she noticed a bump on her chest, she decided to look up “chicken pox” in the Webster’s dictionary at her grandmother’s house to figure out if her symptoms matched the illness.

“I remember I scratched it, and it was watery,” said Adams. “When I looked up the chicken pox, I remember seeing ‘watery filled vesicle.’ I didn’t know what ‘vesicle’ was, so I looked up ‘vesicle’ in the book,” she added with a laugh.

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