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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.

Recovery is important to any workout

Got an athlete in the house? Whether she is hitting the soccer field or he’s going for it on the gridiron, what happens post-practice or after a game time is just as important as the workout on the field. Allowing ...

HIV/AIDS: Building Healthy Relationships

In their mind, I would want people to know that HIV and AIDS is a real disease,” Judith Dillard said, discussing the message she wants people of color to carry with them. “And we need to come together; stop discriminating ...

Toddler in desperate need of kidney transplant

Jordyn Maddox of Delaware has end-stage kidney failure and is currently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Plastic can make you sick, is not biodegradable

What did we do before we had plastic? How did we survive? We have plastic cups, dishes, bottles and wrappings for food. If it wasn’t for plastic shower curtains, we would not be able to sing in the shower without ...

Good nutrition means better school performance

(NNPA) Back to school season can be a daily struggle for parents who pack lunches and make sure their kids have had something to eat before they dash out the door, but it will pay off if you make the ...

Millions awarded to assist health insurance enrollment

In an endeavor to allow health centers to reach uninsured Americans and assist them with enrolling in health insurance, $150 million was awarded to 1,159 health centers across the country, according to an announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary ...