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From the Hart: Civic responsibility as a class, way of life

“I am happy and proud to be an American, because I have the right to vote, I have the right to choose whatever professional path I want, and I have opportunities to share my experience with newly arriving refugees and ...

Hepatitis C more prevalent among Blacks

Not so long ago, treating hepatitis C was a decidedly bleak affair. And the prospect of curing the potentially life-threatening virus, or infection – which causes liver disease and inflammation of the organ – was a long shot. Consequently, many ...

Moving from home to a nursing home

Even though home-based nursing care is a growing trend in the United States, placing a relative in a nursing home may still be necessary and one of the most difficult and traumatic decisions a family member can make. More than ...

Texan man makes stem cell history

Chuck Dandridge, a Mansfield resident, became the first adult in the U.S. to receive a newly modified stem cell transplant that uses genetically engineered blood cells from a family member, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. ...

Homelessness grows in the United States

The United States’ economy, recently on the brink of collapse, appears to be making a recovery.

Seven places mosquitoes might be hiding in the yard

Spring has sprung, which means that mosquito season is almost here. These tiny insects could be living, flying and breeding right in your yard, and you might not even know it.

High blood pressure, strokes and Blacks

Among the deadliest health issues facing African Americans today: Cancer, homicides, HIV/AIDS, etc. But few, if any, touch the lives of more African Americans than high blood pressure.

CMS awards millions of dollars to help uninsured Texas children

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded $4,780,000 on Monday to five Texas organizations participating in an effort to get more eligible children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Parkinson’s: Ali’s toughest fight

Although you were aware Muhammad Ali had been living with Parkinson’s disease since 1984, chances are there’s a lot you still don’t know about it. Let’s correct that now.

Alzheimer’s: Answers for the baby boomer generation

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

The challenge of caring for aging loved ones

Each year, More than 42 million family caregivers care for aging parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, friends or other loved ones, according to data from the American Association of Retired Persons. In Texas, more than 3 million people are providing unpaid ...

PTSD: Collateral damage from the war zones

It has become trendy for media reports to compare neighborhoods plagued by gun violence to war zones. It’s time for us to take a “grownup” look at the violence that plagues all of our lives and our communities.

Sugar hits a sour note in some cities

We all know by now that Berkeley, California, became the first city in the United States to pass a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages – soda, sweetened teas, sugary juices and energy drinks.

Getting enough vitamin D? Milk can help

Many people know that sunlight is one of the best sources of vitamin D, but it can be difficult to get enough from sunshine alone during the winter months. This is especially true for those living in the northern United ...

Putting your health business in order

A seeming wave of several high-profile deaths has been sobering for many readers.