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HHS efforts to accelerate health equity for the nation

On April 1, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health launched the annual observance of National Minority Health Month.

Fresh air is great if you can actually breathe it

About 1 in 12 people have asthma and the numbers are increasing every year – that’s 25 million people.

God’s got me: Suviving cancer with faith, courage

Stafon Harris-Jackson, creator of the CNJ Cancer Foundation, has known an excess of illness, pain and loss in her 47 years.

How to combat rising life insurance costs

For a good portion of Americans, life insurance is a critical component of financial planning. However, in recent months, many seniors have been hit with an unwelcome surprise as several insurers are raising the premiums on their life insurance policies.

DCHHS to hosts first Zika Virus Tabletop Exercise

Dallas County Health and Human Services hosted a Zika virus outbreak tabletop exercise for Dallas County municipalities, emergency managers and other response partners on Wednesday. DCHHS officials demonstrated and tested several capabilities necessary to respond to an outbreak. Attendees were ...

AIDS Walk South Dallas 2016 5K Walk/Run

In Dallas County, an estimated 19,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, which represents a 39 percent increase over the past eight years. New cases of HIV/AIDS are being seen in the 13- to 18-year age-group, accounting for 3.9 percent of ...

Gun control sparks Zero Suicide conference, prevention bill

In Washington state, nearly 80 percent of gun deaths are suicides.

Smartphone not always helpful in a health crisis

It can give you street directions or find the nearest deli, but how helpful is your smartphone’s virtual voice in a health crisis? A study says the answer is often “not very.”

The Zika virus and other infectious diseases

Infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause. Infectious diseases are caused by germs. Germs are tiny living things that are found everywhere – in air, soil and water.

Nutritious reasons to drink chocolate milk

Chocolate milk is more than just a sweet treat. The drink you enjoyed as a kid actually has many nutritious benefits, in addition to its delicious, chocolatey taste.

Are flu vaccines worth the effort, year after year?

The flu (or common flu) is a viral infection that is spread from person to person in secretions of the nose and lungs, for example when sneezing. Medically, it is referred to as influenza, a respiratory infection that develops primarily ...

Clinical trials and new drug approval

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly ...

New drug may safely boost vaccine development in novel way

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a new drug with the potential to aid in vaccine development.

DCHHS reports Zika virus in Dallas County

wo Zika virus cases in Dallas County have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Dallas County Health and Human Services. The first case was acquired through sexual transmission. The patient was infected with ...

Doctors urged to screen all adults for depression

All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday.