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Identifying unknown ancestry that influences breast cancer risk

Genetic testing of mitochondrial DNA could reveal otherwise unknown ancestry that can influence a person’s risk for certain types of breast cancer, a new study finds.

Prostate cancer and the PSA controversy

“Don’t get the PSA-cancer screening test,” a U.S. expert panel says. “Do get it,” many urologists and patient advocates say. What’s a man supposed to do?

Black Americans should eat less salt

The average American consumes nearly 3,400 mg of sodium per day; the recommendation from the American Heart Association is 1,500 mg per day. When there’s extra sodium in your bloodstream, it pulls water into your blood vessels, increasing the total ...

Affordable Care Act Marketplace opens Nov. 1

The fourth open enrollment period into the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2017. Through the Marketplace, individuals are able to go to one place to search for health coverage options and choose from the ...

Where presidential candidates stand on health care

In the moments before President Barack Obama prepared to sign the health care reform law that would forever define his domestic legacy, Vice President Joe Biden famously whispered into his ear, “This is a big [expletive] deal.”

Sickle Cell Disease

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. First officially recognized by the federal government in 1983, the national awareness month calls attention to sickle cell disease, a genetic disease.

Key factors that can improve your quality of life as you age

When it comes to aging, Americans harbor plenty of concerns: going broke, succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease and/or spending the final lonely years in a nursing home.

Understanding a breast cancer diagnosis

Whether it’s October or not, breast cancer is one of the most recognized cancers in the world.

Back-to-school tips to help save lunch and snack time

School bells have started ringing, and the start of a new school year is a time many families re-focus on healthier eating habits. Countless studies have shown the correlation between good nutrition and school performance,

Teach youth to manage their health care

For parents with college-age children, there’s a fairly standard set of basics that helps ensure their children are ready to tackle the world with some degree of independence.

Don’t vacillate on vaccinations

Your child spends more time at school than anywhere else except home

The future of the American health care system

About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Millions remain uninsured. Quality is still uneven. Costs are high and trending up again. ...

Parkland offers tips to prevent heat-related illnesses

This time of the year, student athletes and band members across Dallas/Fort Worth are engaging in twice-daily practices in anticipation of the upcoming football season

Strokes and your health

A stroke is serious, just like a heart attack. Yet, many don’t know as much about it.

AMA apology: Black health matters, too

Eight years ago, the American Medical Association issued an apology for its long history of excluding Black physicians from obtaining membership, listing Black doctors as “colored” in its directory and neglecting to speak against federal funding of segregated hospitals.