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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 ...

Blacks dying for lack of Black help

Bi’ja Thatch sat nervously beside her mother when her doctor entered through the doors of her hospital room a little over a year ago bearing troubling news. Thatch was diagnosed with a rare, cancer-like disease that causes cells to destroy ...

CDC: Toddler food often has too much salt, sugar

Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a new government study.

Gut Check: Can too much of a good thing be harmful?

Every year, more than 126,000 hospitalizations and 17,000 deaths in the U.S. are due to overdose or overuse of acetaminophens or NSAIDs, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. Consumer testing conducted by the AGA showed that people did not fully ...

Heart attacks – the leading killer of Black women

A website saved her life.

Importance of good blood circulation

For nearly 20 years, Eddie Branch of Granite City, Illinois has endured a chronic health problem.

Key substance protects against preterm birth

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified hyaluronon as a critical substance made by the body that protects against premature births caused by infection.

Baby’s first cry: Critical moment in delivery room

“The first time I heard my baby cry, I think I cried as much as he did,” Rachel recalled. “It was like he was announcing that he was finally here and he’s healthy.” The sound of their newborn baby’s first ...

Give up gluten, not grains

Whether for medical reasons or by choice, consumer interest in gluten-free foods is on the rise. The U.S. market for gluten-free foods is expected to exceed $6.6 billion by 2017, signaling the practice of cutting consumption of wheat, barley and ...

Give meals a nutrient boost

Feeding your family with nutrient dense foods can be as simple as making a few better-for-you choices. By definition, superfoods are calorie sparse and packed with beneficial nutrients that add health and flavor to meals. Because the human body cannot ...

Autism: Spectrums of a locked world

“Autism” can be a confusing, troubling word for a parent. To many, it still conjures up images of mystery, mental retardation or children trapped within an unbreachable emotional cocoon.

Diagnosed with cancer – What’s next?

Receiving a cancer diagnosis often comes as a shock, for the person who is diagnosed as well as family and friends. It can be challenging to know the right questions to ask, or how to get the right information heading ...

Diagnosed with cancer – What’s next?

Receiving a cancer diagnosis often comes as a shock, for the person who is diagnosed as well as family and friends. It can be challenging to know the right questions to ask, or how to get the right information heading ...

Blacks gain most from health care act when Medicaid is expanded

As families prepare to choose health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period, a recent report by the Urban Institute shows that Blacks have the most to gain from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if the states they ...

Don’t let vision get blindsided by diabetes

While people with diabetes are more likely to develop blinding eye diseases, recent studies have revealed low awareness of the issue among ethnicities at higher risk for diabetes and low uptake of preventive eye exams among affected Medicare beneficiaries.

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