Planning ahead for 2015 - making smart Medicare choices

As we head into autumn, people with Medicare once again need to consider their options for next year. Even if you like the coverage you have now, you should spend at least a few minutes making sure it will still ...

Safeguards needed for biosimilar development

A provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will allow a streamline for licensing of medications known as “biosimilars,” which are similar – but not identical – to cutting-edge biologic medicines.

Anderson, champion for the poor, underserved

Ron J. Anderson, MD, was a national spokesperson for public health issues and a champion for the poor and medically underserved.

Push to recruit Black, Latino nurses

Arihanna Venable enjoys talking with her patients as she performs physical exams, takes their blood pressure and sometimes administers medicine to help soothe wounds or illnesses.

Hope, support in coping with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is bankrupting many Dallas families and our health care system. Would it surprise you to learn that one in every five dollars spent by Medicare is on people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia

Conference to cover health, agricultural issues

The local and sustainable food movement has gained momentum in the last several years, but it faces more challenges as it grows.

Gestational diabetes: 1 in 10 pregnant women

Every woman worries about weight gain during pregnancy. But for women who are obese before pregnancy or gain an excessive amount of weight while expecting, serious health risks can result for both mother and baby.

Tips every woman should take to her next checkup

For women today, a yearly check-up with your health care provider is an essential part of maintaining your fertility health at every age.

YMCA offers diabetes screening, education

On Aug. 21, Dallas County Health and Human Services announced a grant award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials to partner with the YMCA to identify, screen and educate individuals at risk for diabetes.

Air quality regulations improved in Black communities

For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency may require oil refineries to regularly measure the air quality at their perimeters. These fence line measurements will give surrounding communities – largely low-income communities of color – data on the level ...

Healthy Huddle: Football legends huddle to give back to their community

Even decades after his retirement as defensive end of the Dallas Cowboys, the accomplishments and personality of legendary Ed “Too Tall” Jones still gets football fans excited.

Mental health issues create problems for African Americans in city jails

Researchers have discovered some disturbing statistics about substance abuse and mental health in our criminal justice system.

Stress a key factor in mental health

Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body.

Merkerson issues health challenge

Eleven years ago, award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson received a diagnosis that would forever change her life – type 2 diabetes. After that moment she decided to make the necessary changes to take back her life through healthy eating, exercise, ...

Blacks suffer from shortage of organ donors

At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself “healthier than all get out.” So when he found himself winded with the smallest tasks, he knew something was wrong.