Dialysis, infections and hepatitis

By definition, hemodialysis is pumping a patient’s blood through a filtration device to remove toxins that failing kidneys can no longer handle, and then pumping it back into the body.

Counseling Corner: It’s not just age that brings on that midlife crisis

Have you reached midlife yet? It’s a simple question, but a difficult one to answer. Adolescents may see midlife beginning at 30. Adults in their 40s may view 50 or 60 as when midlife begins.

Landmark Alzheimer’s study urgently seeks African American volunteers

More than 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and scientists expect this number to triple by 2050. African Americans are two to three times more likely than White Americans to develop the disease, according to experts.

Heart failure diagnosis: Not a death sentence

Heart Failure is a scary term

Mental illness, stigma and African Americans

Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month.

The health, function of the pancreas

Like many of you, more and more we are hearing about family, friends and loved ones facing a sudden issue with the Pancreas. Most people don’t know much about this organ, but in fact, it is an important part of ...

Medical tests that can save your life

Health indicators consistently confirm that African Americans suffer disproportionately from leading diseases, as well as die earlier. In light of this, it is especially important for African Americans to get accustomed to having regular screenings and exams. In doing so, ...

Texas awards millions for veterans’ mental health

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced Monday it will award $10 million in grant funds to 20 organizations across the state for phase three of the state’s Texas Veterans + Family Alliance grant program.

A look at prostate cancer

Dealing with the prostate is often the first significant experience many Black men have with the medical system. Typically, our decisions on how to handle it are often grounded in fear or mistrust and tend to be made with little ...

Why is this flu season so bad?

The flu is everywhere in the United States right now ... and it won’t be over any time soon.

Mini strokes can be a warning: a stroke may follow

Every two seconds someone has a stroke, and one in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. Stroke is the third leading cause of death worldwide, with over 6 million people dying from strokes each year. With an ...

Importance of the church in community health

“Much of the work of ... prevention must occur at the community level, where human relationships breathe life into public policy. American communities are also home to scores of faith-based and secular initiatives that help reduce risk factors and promote ...

Counseling Corner: Laughing your way to better health

There are many factors that can have negative effects on us, but sometimes it’s important to focus on those things that can actually improve the quality of our lives.

Importance of knowing your vital signs

Anytime you go to the doctor, typically the first things that he/she begins to measure are your vital signs.

Medicaid work requirement

Today, one of the hottest political topics across the country is the impending “Medicaid work requirement.”