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Blacks more comfortable discussing mental health

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related to drug and alcohol use.

Hope, help during a chronic illness

At 80 years old, Fort Worth resident Everett Winters still leads an active lifestyle of playing golf, enjoying tennis and spending time with his wife, Norma. Family and friends say it is hard to look at Winters today and recognize ...

ACA guidelines promote preventive health care services

U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued important guidance to insurance companies and consumers to help ensure that Americans have the coverage they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.

Anytime Smoothies: A food prescription for all day long

Whether you vowed to lose the weight – for the very last time, get your dream job, or harder yet, rear perfect, angelic geniuses – this year you’ll need energy to achieve all of your heart’s desires – and promises ...

Three reasons you should eat more like children

When parents prepare their children’s meals, good-for-you foods like veggies, whole grains and milk are usually on the menu. And while parents encourage healthy eating for their kids at mealtime, they don’t always eat the same foods themselves.

The New Parkland: Is bigger better?

“I like this big building …” exclaimed Selamawit Jibane as she stood outside the New Parkland Hospital acute care tower at 5200 Harry Hines Blvd. The Richland College nursing student was one of hundreds of people who attended the NPH ...

Blacks twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease

More than 5 million Americans are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and scientists expect this number to triple by 2050. Experts say that African Americans are two to three times more likely than White Americans to develop the disease. A ...

Snacking done right: Healthy options for children

What makes a healthy and satisfying snack for children? A well-balanced snack with good nutrition can help children grow and provide them with the proper support and energy needed for school, sports and other daily activities.

Heart health: Living smart

When it comes to recognizing and responding to the signs of a heart attack, early action can make the difference between life and death. But action even earlier to improve lifestyle and eating habits can make a big difference, too.

Mono-meals: The hype and the help

There’s a new diet craze that’s so crazy I have to sound off. It’s called mono-meals because you eat just one — that’s right, one – food per meal. Think pineapple for breakfast, mango for lunch, or maybe two avocados ...

Sexism, racism take toll on Black women’s health

The effects of living in a patriarchal, racist society measurably erode Black women’s physical and mental wellbeing, an emerging body of research finds.

Black women endure menopause longest

Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour. She even wakes up in the night with so much perspiration that she looks like she just left working out at a gym, she ...

Past the Ebola scare: Push to protect public health goes on

When many Dallas County residents breathed a sigh of relief on Nov. 7, 2014, when the county received the “all-clear” from the Ebola virus, Dallas County Health and Human Services continued normal day-to-day operations.

Breast cancer survivor beating the odds

Alisha Gibson was told nothing was wrong. Her primary care doctor had twice prescribed antibiotics after she complained of some soreness in the neck and shoulders.

Living with heart sarcoidosis

Many fans of the late comedian Bernie Mac recognize sarcoidosis as the inflammatory disease of the lungs that took his life. Believed to be caused by a bacterial or viral infection that produces restrictive granules or nodules, sarcoidosis travels from ...

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