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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

Oct 26, 2020

In the episode, we discuss

  • the research behind hair drug tests and cultural bias.
  • how hair products that are mainly used by people of African descent can bathe drugs in the environments on the hair
  • what leads to higher rates of false-positive drug test results for Black people


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Show sources:



 Ethnic hair care products may increase false positives in hair drug testingby David A. Kidwell, Frederick P. Smith, Arica R. Shepherd