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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.

Identifying, avoiding the holiday blues

The six weeks encompassing Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s – typically lumped together as “the holidays” – are universally known for the magic, sentiment, nostalgia, joy, tradition and goodwill that all uniquely characterize this time of year.

Fade Out HIV

“I personally know about my status because I take my test every year,” explained District 4 City Councilman Dwayne Caraway.

DCHHS offers free tests

In Dallas County, startling statistics show 18- to 25-year-olds as the age group most infected with HIV. Even more disconcerting is the emerging rate of those in the 13 to 18 age group, according to the Dallas County Health & ...

A radical health transformation: Creating a new culture of health in America

Like the water we drink, the air we breathe, or the ground we walk on, health is more than being sick or well.

HIV/AIDS activists push for funding to address stigma

In an ongoing effort to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic, physicians, health care workers and human rights activists want the government and the public to place more emphasis on the stigma associated with the deadly disease that continues to plague the ...

ACA: It’s about quality, affordable health care

“Six hundred thousand people,” Mike Rawlings declared inside Parkland Memorial Hospital, revealing the number of uninsured people living in the county.

Remembering Jaylen: Lessons of love, life

Four years ago, expecting mom Jessica Liesmann was looking forward to the moment when she could hold her newborn in her arms. But at six-and-a-half months along, she received information that her unborn baby might have a birth defect.