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Journey of Hope

There are times when the coincidences or ironies of life can take the course of phenomena that become more of a test or a trial that can leave men and women asking, “Why?” Those who live their lives upon a ...

Millions fall into health care coverage gap

Every day Richard Green, 67, wakes up in pain. He creeps over to the edge of the bed and sets his feet down, bracing himself for the day ahead. First are the pangs of putting each leg into his slacks. ...

Many poor Blacks in the South will remain uninsured

Even if healthcare.gov, the web portal for the federal health insurance exchange, worked perfectly, more than 5 million poor, uninsured adults, many of them Black, will continue to go without coverage, because they live in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, ...

Website stumbles on launch

Last week, President Barack Obama said what many people who visited healthcare.gov to browse and buy affordable health insurance already knew: The website, tied so heavily to the success of the Affordable Care Act, wasn’t working properly.

Health department offers free flu vaccines

Dallas County Health and Human Services is offering the seasonal flu vaccine for children and adults. The adult flu vaccine is free for all uninsured and low-income Dallas County adult residents and individuals covered by Medicare. The vaccine is also ...

Breaking addiction, finding joy

Family members and friends may wonder, “Why can’t they just stop?” While a number of individuals may be thinking, “Just one more drink.”

Health conference to focus on depression in African American community

Black lawmakers from across the country will convene at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators 20th Annual Black Dialogue on Health on Friday in Indianapolis, Ind., to discuss legislative solutions and innovative partnerships that will address depression in the ...

Achieving harmony, balance during cancer

What if after surviving your first cancer diagnosis at the age of 51, you were re-diagnosed just 18 months later? Metastatic colorectal cancer patient Dave Johnson experienced that first-hand, and was initially reluctant and scared to tell his family, friends ...

Watch your mouth Living with diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease. In fact, about one-third of people with diabetes have severe gum disease.

Silent killer of Black American women

“If HIV-AIDS were the leading cause of death of White women between the ages of 25 and 34, there would be an outraged outcry in this country.” These were the words of Hillary Clinton in June 2007 during a Democratic ...

Insurance exchanges will extend coverage to millions

In less than a week, health insurance market exchanges will open across the nation and more than 40 million Americans, including 7 million uninsured Blacks, who were previously shut out of the health care system, will finally get access to ...

Surviving childhood diseases

One of Keenan Green’s fondest childhood memories is playing basketball with Michael Jordan. Jordan was hosting a mini-basketball camp for cancer patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital located in Memphis, Tenn. Green was one of the patients. He was ...

Affordable Care Act nearing enrollment for all Americans

Affordable Care Act enrollment goes into effect Oct. 1, and many uninsured Americans will begin comparing new health insurance rates.

Breaking the silence on ovarian cancer

The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will host its 13th annual run/walk to voice the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer, commonly referred to as the silent killer in the medical community. The effort will commence Sept. ...

Texas curtailing health costs with own program

Republican-controlled Texas may be rejecting as much of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul as possible, but state leaders do agree with him on curtailing rapidly rising costs that are consuming more and more of the state budget.