Category Archive: Health

May 31

The Topic Of Mental Health Cannot Be Tabled

Why Talking about Mental Health Is So Important By Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) During the month of May, we recognize Mental Health Month, and raise awareness for the millions of Americans living with a mental health condition. Since 1 in 5 adults, or approximately 43.8 million people, will experience mental illness during their lifetime, …

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May 17

One Medical School’s Plan to Increase Black Doctor Ranks

American University of Antigua Finds Success with Diversity Mission By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Dr. Kwaku Boakye has a goal to improve the overall health conditions in developing countries. He and his brother, Kwabena Boakye, started a nonprofit called the Gold Coast Medical Foundation, in 2006, while they were in medical school. For …

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May 02

Researchers Find Blacks Have Highest Death Rate and Shortest Survival Rate for Cancer

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According to doctors, African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers. African-American women have a higher recurrence of certain cancers. Researchers are working to identify cancer-related biomarkers associated with race. This week, Dr. Rod Rocconi, who is chief of Gynecologic Oncology at …

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May 02

To End AIDS in the United States, Stay True to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Phill Wilson, one of the original conveners of the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy, is also the president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. This photo was taken during the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. (Freddie Allen/AMG/BAI)

  By Judith Auerbach, Robert Bank, Chris Collins, JD Davids, Rebecca Haag, David Ernesto Munar, Dana Van Gorder, Phill Wilson and A. Toni Young (Original Conveners of Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy) Ten years ago, hundreds of organizations and individuals signed a petition calling on all presidential candidates to create a national AIDS strategy. …

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Apr 19

Shoulder Pain & Rotator Cuff Injuries

We see many patients who suffer with shoulder pain.  Sometimes it’s minor discomfort and other times it is debilitating pain deep within the shoulder, preventing the patient from moving their arm. Whether your shoulder pain is mild, moderate or severe it may be related to an impingement of the rotator cuff. “Rotator cuff” is the …

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Apr 19

NIH Study Shows Exercise May Lower Risk Of High Blood Pressure In African Americans

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Researchers who study cardiovascular health have long known that exercise is one way to keep high blood pressure at bay. But studies confirming this protective effect have mainly focused on white patients, leaving it unclear whether African Americans, the most vulnerable of all populations, have stood to gain in similar ways. In …

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Apr 12

Device Makes Electric Fields to Fight Cancer

It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a large study suggest. Many doctors are skeptical of the therapy, called tumor treating fields, and it’s not a …

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