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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.

Mar 1, 2019

In the episode, we discuss the research behind hair drug test and its cultural bias. Hair products that are mainly used by people of African descent can bathe drugs in the environments on the hair, which leads to higher rates of false positive drug test results.


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