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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 ...

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 ...

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