Suffering in silence: Blacks, mental illness

African Americans endure more intense and frequent mental and behavioral health issues than their counterparts, at least in part related to poverty and exposure to racism and discrimination, both of which disproportionally affect minorities.

Counseling Corner: Getting school mornings under control

In too many homes, the average school day morning can best be described as chaos. Parents shouting, homework missing, favorite clothes suddenly hiding and a hundred other calamities that add stress to the morning and too often mean rushing to ...

Holy smoke! The benefits of quitting smoking

Are you wondering why you’re still smoking cigarettes? You should be, unless you enjoy the taste of more than 7,000 harmful chemicals entering your body with each puff. And of those 7,000 chemicals, 69 of them are carcinogenic – meaning ...

Counseling Corner: Tips for surviving your child’s teenage years

School counselors are certainly incredibly busy people. But our advice is that it’s your job this school year to make sure they are even busier. We don’t mean creating busy work, but rather taking advantage of all your school counselors ...

Planned Parenthood, Black AIDS Institute expand HIV prevention services

Planned Parenthood will kick off a multi-phase pilot program to build and expand its comprehensive HIV prevention and education efforts. Gilead Sciences Inc, a research-based biopharmaceutical company, awarded a $900,000 grant to support and expand efforts of HIV prevention and ...

Counseling Corner: Tips for surviving your child’s teenage years

The teenage years are never easy – for either the teen or the parents. It’s a time of little communication beyond eye rolls, sullen silence and that infamous “whatever.” It’s a time when you wonder if either of you will ...

Ragweed and fall allergies

Summer is ending; you’re heading into fall. But you’re still sneezing and sniffling all day and into the night. What’s going on?

Counseling Corner: How can you restore someone’s trust in you?

Anyone who has experienced a breach of trust knows the pain and confusion that can go into trying to restore that trust.

New drug approved by FDA to treat all forms of hepatitis C

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C in as little as eight weeks.

Baby boomers, hepatitis C

Most of us have seen the commercials on television stating that people born from 1945 to 1965 have the highest rate of hepatitis C, but most don’t know they’re infected. This is a very sobering fact from the Centers for ...

Counseling Corner: Your children and a world of bad news

Tragic happenings have always occurred, and in today’s world of 24-hour news channels and constant internet updates, most of us are bombarded regularly by disturbing news and upsetting events from around the world. Unfortunately, that increased awareness applies to our ...

HIV, criminal policies in Dallas

When many people discuss HIV, most do not consider possible factors that can lead to imprisonment. With Dallas having the highest rate of HIV infections in the state among 18- to 35-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Reality of caring for a dying parent

There are two things that movies consistently get wrong: sex and death. Unfortunately, as a society, we spend far too much time thinking of sex and too little time devoted to death – especially of a parent.

Critical blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

Every two seconds in the United States, blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Counseling Corner: Facing the challenge of mid-life dating

Dating isn’t something just for young people. While dating is a chance for the parents of teens to worry, and a chance for twenty-somethings to find a serious relationship, today there’s a whole new age group, those 30 and over, ...