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    The Facts About Ebola
    December 4, 2014 – Ebola is only transmitted through direct contact with an infected symptomatic person’s body fluids, such as blood, vomit and feces.
    Black Americans ‘Twice As Likely’ To Be Killed By Guns As White Americans
    November 4,, 2014 – A study of national data finds that gun deaths are twice as high among black Americans as they are among white Americans. Also, rates of firearms-related fatalities do not necessarily correspond to the gun control legislation of individual states.
    Don’t Turn A Blind Eye To Diabetic Eye Disease
    November 2, 2014 – Although all people with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, are at risk for diabetic eye disease, African Americans with diabetes are at higher risk of losing vision or going blind from the disease.
    Surgeons Perform First ‘Dead Heart’ Transplant
    October 24, 2014 – For 20 years, the heart transplant unit at Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital has been working hard to figure out a way to transplant a dead heart into a live patient. Doctors from the team announced their work had paid off.
    Flu Shots And Ebola: Guess Which One Americans Should Be More Concerned About?
    October 12, 2014 – If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, there’s something you should be more terrified of than a certain other virus that you keep hearing about on the news.
    Racial Health Disparities Can Undermine Dreams Of Home Ownership For African-Americans
    October 7, 2014 – Racial inequities in health intersect with other factors such as wealth inequalities, the recession and subprime lending, to increase foreclosure risk for African-American homeowners, a new study lead by a Yale School of Public Heath researcher has found.
    Blacks May Face Higher Risk Of Diabetes-Linked Vision Loss
    August 21, 2014 – Black Americans are at greater risk for diabetes-related vision loss than other racial groups battling the blood sugar disease, a new study says.
    Adults With Diabetes: Vaccinations Are An Important Part Of Protecting Your Health
    August 11, 2014 – Having a chronic health condition doesn’t mean you have to lose control over your health. Every day you take steps, like eating right, monitoring your blood sugar, and watching your weight, to manage your diabetes and ensure the healthiest possible future.
    After Six Weeks, House And Senate Agree On Plan To Fix Veterans Health Program
    July 28, 2014 – After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.
    African-Americans Remain Hardest Hit By Medical Bills
    July 24, 2014 – For many years, high medical bills have been a leading cause of financial distress and bankruptcy in America. 1 in 5 Americans still face hardships due to medical costs and African-Americans continue to be the hardest hit.

    How A Vitamin D Test Misdiagnosed African-Americans
    July 24, 2014 – By the current blood test for vitamin D, most African-Americans are deficient. But the problem is with the test, not the patients. According to a new study the vast majority of African-Americans have plenty of the form of vitamin D that counts
    HIV Diagnosis Rate Down By A Third In The U.S. Over Last Decade, Experts Rejoice
    July 19, 2014 – The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S.
    Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair Connects Attendees To Health Resources
    July 19, 2014 – Thousands flocked to the Indiana Convention Center this morning to get face time with doctors and useful health information at the INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair. The fair runs through 9 p.m. tonight.
    1St Case Of Chikungunya Virus Inside U.S. Confirmed In Florida
    July 18, 2014 – The CDC said that the patient is a man who apparently had not traveled abroad recently, and the federal agency is investigating how he became infected and is closely monitoring the possible appearance of other cases in the area.
    National African American Hepatitis C Action Day Provides Health Resources Nationwide, July 25
    July 16, 2014 – National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD), a national mobilization initiative officially proclaimed in July 2013, is aimed at reducing the high incidence of Hepatitis C infection in black communities.
    Nickel In iPads, Other Computer Tablets May Cause Allergic Reaction, Study Finds
    July 14, 2014 – Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
    Researcher Charged In Major HIV Vaccine Fraud Case
    June 25, 2014 – Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research.
    Rising Stroke Rate For Blacks In South Carolina, Study Finds
    June 23, 2014 – The number of middle-aged blacks hospitalized for stroke in South Carolina rose by about one-fifth over a decade, but there was no increase at all among whites, a new study finds.
    Younger Blacks On Dialysis Fare Worse In Poor Neighborhoods: Study
    June 23, 2014 – Young black adult dialysis patients who live in poor neighborhoods are much more likely to die than their white counterparts, according to a new study.
    Chikungunya Virus Keeps Spreading To Various Parts Of Caribbean And Florida
    June 19, 2014 – Two cases of the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya have been reported in Leon County, FL, both in patients that had recently traveled to Haiti.
    Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California: 800 Cases In Past Two Weeks
    June 17, 2014 – California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state’s public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.
    Scientists Make Progress On ‘Bionic Pancreas’ To Help Patients With Diabetes
    June 16, 2014 – Scientists have made big progress on a “bionic pancreas” to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease.
    High Blood Pressure May Sometimes Be Overtreated: Study
    June 16, 2014 – It appears that reducing systolic blood pressure below 120 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury) provides no additional benefits for people with high blood pressure, according to new findings from a two-decades-long study of heart disease risk.
    Lawmakers Push To Approve Bill That Will Improve Wait Times For Veterans Seeking Medical Care
    June 12, 2014 – After two overwhelming votes in two days, members of Congress say they are confident they can agree on a bill to improve veterans’ health care and send it to the president’s desk by the end of the month.
    The Dirtiest Places In Your Home
    June 12, 2014 – Warning: After you read this, you will probably want to wash your hands. To learn where germs like to hang out, BHZ picked the brains of a couple of experts to get the dirt on the dirtiest places in your home.
    Harlem’s Metropolitan Hospital Offers LGBT Health Center
    June 10, 2014 – An East Harlem hospital now includes a specialized center that caters to the needs and comfort of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults.
    More Whites Also Sinking Into Poverty
    June 7, 2014 – As CBS News has found, more than 19 million whites fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation’s destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks.
    Nearly 70 Percent Of New Yorkers Don’t Use Condoms
    June 5, 2014 – A whopping 68.2 percent of residents polled said they did not wear a condom the last time they had sex, according to some numbers just released by the Department of Health’s Community Health Survey.
    Community Program Helps Lower Blood Pressure Among Minorities
    June 3, 2014 – Minorities at a higher risk of developing hypertension used a community-based program to significantly lower their blood pressure, researchers said at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions.
    Summer Shoe Dangers: How Can You Protect Your Feet
    June 3, 2014 – If your summer style translates to flip-flops, ballerina flats, and platform wedge sandals, you might find yourself with a foot ailment or two, experts say.
    Keep Lid Down When Flushing Toilet Or Else…..
    May 31, 2014 – Most of us make it a point to cover our mouths when we cough, wash our hands frequently, and wipe down our desks and other germy surfaces. But there’s another strategy for your flu-fighting arsenal you may not know about: keeping a lid on your toilet.
    30 Percent Of World Is Now Fat, No Country Immune
    May 29, 2014 – Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.
    U.S. Health Authorities Register Largest Number Of Measles Cases Since 1994
    May 29, 2014 – The incidence of measles cases in the United States has reached its highest level in the last 20 years with almost 300 new cases so far this year, according to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The Hazards Of Too Much Sex
    May 29, 2014 – You can never have too much of a good thing, right? I used to think that when it came to sex. What harm is there in luxuriating in a lot of loving? Then I learned that an overly zealous sexfest can indeed have you walking more than a little funny.
    Older Black Trauma Patients Fare Better Than Whites In ER
    May 28, 2014 – Older black trauma patients are 20 percent more likely to survive their injuries than their white peers are, a new study shows.
    Does Darker Skin Wrinkle Less Than Lighter Skin? It Sure Does!
    May 22, 2014 – When I remarked to a friend of mine that she never seems to look any older as the years go by, she replied: “That’s because black don’t crack”. Not the answer I was expecting, but after she convinced me that this is a common term, I looked into the evidence, and discovered that she is at least partly right.
    COPD Patients Face Greater Risk Of Heart Failure, Study Says
    May 21, 2014 – Nearly 29 percent of COPD patients had heart failure, compared with 13 percent of patients without COPD. The researchers then analyzed the data by race and found that about 35 percent of blacks with COPD had heart failure, compared with about 15 percent of blacks without COPD.
    Reports Of Chest Pain Down For Whites, But Not Blacks
    May 20, 2014 – Older Americans and whites reported less chest pain or discomfort (angina) in the past two decades, but there was no such drop among blacks, a new study shows.
    Eating Two Large Meals A Day Benefits People With Type 2 Diabetes
    May 19, 2014 – Eating just 2 large meals a day, consisting of breakfast and lunch, could be the best way for people with type 2 diabetes to help control their weight and their blood sugar, new research suggests.
    Cancer Screenings Could Cost Medicare Upwards Of $2 Billion A Year, Report Says
    May 15, 2014 – Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former smokers for lung cancer, a new study estimates.
    Florida Hospital Workers Who Came In Contact With MERS Patient Have Flu-Like Symptoms
    May 14, 2014 – Employees at two Orlando hospitals who came in contact with a Saudi resident infected by the second confirmed U.S. case of a rare virus are being monitored for symptoms and have been told to stay home for two weeks, health officials said Tuesday.
    African Americans And Kidney Disease
    May 13, 2014 – Due to high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, Blacks and African Americans have an increased risk of developing kidney failure.
    Weird Facts About Short And Tall People
    May 13, 2014 – If you tower over your neighbors, those findings may add inches to your ego. But don’t let height go to your head! Studies have linked both tallness and shortness to a variety of health risks and benefits.
    Fountain Of Youth: ‘Younger Blood’ Showed Aging Reversal In Harvard Experiments With Mice
    Older mice got stronger, exercised longer and performed better mentally after they were injected with blood from young mice, or even just with a substance that’s more abundant in younger blood.
    Is Marriage Good for Your Health?
    Contemporary studies, have shown that married people are less likely to get pneumonia, have surgery, develop cancer or have heart attacks. A group of Swedish researchers has found that being married or cohabiting at midlife is associated with a lower risk for dementia.
    Travelers Beware As New Virus Spreads Across The Caribbean
    A recently arrived mosquito-borne virus that causes an abrupt onset of high fever and intense joint pain is rapidly gaining a foothold in many spots of the Caribbean, health experts said Thursday.
    Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Spreading Across The World, Doctors Fear Deadly Infections
    Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.
    Links Between Racial Discrimination, Stress And Health
    The consequences of psychological stress, resulting from racial discrimination, may contribute to racial health disparities in conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other age-associated diseases.
    Michigan Man Becomes One Of The 1st In U.S. To Receive ‘Bionic’ Eye
    Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he’s regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.
    Vulnerable To ‘Heartbleed’ Bug, Obamacare Subscribers Told To Change Password
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
    Certain Thyroid-Related Diseases May Vary By Race
    Race appears to be a factor in determining a person’s risk of developing autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a new study says.
    U.S. Health Secretary Resigns
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning just as the health care law – known as Obamacare – for which she has battled since 2010 appears to have gotten on track after embarrassing early rollout failures, The New York Times reported Thursday.
    FDA Gives Approval For 1st Hay Fever Immunotherapy Tablet
    The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly doctor visits for uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots.
    Fighting Diabetes: Deadly Impact On Minorities
    You inherit more than your eye and hair color from your family. You can also inherit a predisposition for diabetes, a disease that disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities.
    Confused By Obamacare? Here Are Answers To Frequent Questions
    The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, the Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems.
    You’re Not Alone: Medical Conspiracies Believed By Many
    About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to new survey results. Some conspiracy theories have much more traction than others, however.
    Organ Donation And African Americans
    African Americans make up the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant. In 2011, African Americans made up 14 percent of the national population.
    Rare Mutation Kills Off Gene Responsible For Diabetes
    A new study based on genetic testing of 150,000 people has found a rare mutation that protects even fat people from getting Type 2 diabetes. The effect is so pronounced — the mutation reduces risk by two-thirds.
    Blacks Respond Better To German Measles Vaccine, Study Contends
    Black Americans respond better to the rubella vaccine, which prevents German measles, than whites or Hispanics, according to a new study.
    Study Discovers Metastasis Process Of Brain Cancer
    Carcinogenic cells establish themselves in the brain and form new tumors as they cling to capillary blood vessels and synthesize proteins that block the brain’s natural defenses against them, according to a study published in Cell magazine.
    A Statistical Profile Of Older African Americans
    In 2011, there were almost 41.4 million Americans aged 65 and over and 5.7 million aged 85 and over. Over the next 50 years, the number of people aged 65 and older is expected to more than double to 92 million and the number of people aged 85 and older is expected to triple to 18 million.
    Cold Weather, Temperature Changes, Could Lead To Increased Risk Of Strokes
    There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.
    Prototype Robotic Hand Is First Step To Prosthetic Limb With Sense Of Touch
    To feel what you touch — that’s the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange.
    Infection-Triggered Strokes Deadlier For Blacks, Study Finds
    Black Americans are much more likely than Hispanics or whites to die from a stroke shortly after having an infection, a new study finds.
    Only 1 in 3 HIV-Infected Black Americans Gets Effective Treatment: Study
    Even though drugs that can keep HIV at bay are available, only about one in three black Americans with the AIDS-causing virus have their infection under control, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
    Preventing And Detecting Skin Cancer In People Of Color
    People of color have a lower risk of developing skin cancer than Caucasians, but they are not immune to the disease. In fact, skin cancer is often diagnosed at a more advanced stage in people of color, which can make it more difficult to treat.
    Minority Health: Preventing High Blood Pressure
    A recent study shows that hospitalization due to high blood pressure is more common among African Americans. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.
    Cancer And African Americans
    African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers.
    As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Aggressive Tactics Are Used To Sign Up Young Americans
    Less than two months before the March 31 sign-up deadline, the administration is lagging behind its goal. Young adults made up about one-fourth of the 2.2 million people who enrolled in the exchanges through December, the last time the administration released demographic data.
    New Syringe Can Seal Gunshot Wounds In 15 Seconds
    A new battlefield lifesaver in the form of a syringe can seal a gunshot wound in just seconds. Supporters hope the ‘XStat’ will replace gauze, which army medics have used to treat life threatening war injuries for centuries.
    Group Calls Michigan’s African-American Homicide Rate A Public Health Crisis
    African-Americans in Michigan are murdered at one of the highest rates in the nation. That’s according to a study from the Violence Policy Center.
    Google’s Smart Contact Lens Will Be Able To Monitor Blood Sugar Level For Diabetes Patients
    The prototype, which Google says will take at least five years to reach consumers, is one of several medical devices being designed by companies to make glucose monitoring for diabetic patients more convenient and less invasive than traditional finger pricks.
    Many Asthma Patients Don’t Stick To Treatment Plan, Study Finds
    If you can’t get relief from your asthma, the way you communicate with your allergist might be part of the problem, according to two new studies.
    Brazil’s Health In Black And White
    Fernanda Canofre examines Brazil’s struggle to attract and maintain medical professionals in the country. Taking a closer look at the staggeringly low number of doctors operating in South America today.
    CDC Warns That U.S. Is In Middle Of Flu Season, Cases Increasing
    A flu expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the agency’s weekly report released Friday shows “We’re in the thick of flu season.”
    Lung Cancer Screenings Highly Recommended — Just Not For Everyone
    Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation’s top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday — even as they stressed that the tests aren’t for everyone.
    New Government Regulations Coming On Hand And Face Organ Donations
    Sure your liver or kidney could save someone’s life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than just checking a box on your driver’s license.
    Good Looks May Not Be The Only Thing That Runs In Your Family
    It may be easy to see that beauty is deeply rooted in your family tree. But some things that are passed down from generation to generation are not as easily seen—like glaucoma, an eye disease that runs in families and often has no warning signs.
    Antibacterial Liquid Soaps Could Pose Health Risks, According To FDA
    The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks.
    Flu Season Off To A Better Start Than Last Year, Centers For Disease Control Says
    Government health officials say the flu season seems to be getting off to more normal start this year than it did in the winter of 2012-13.
    Provocative New Study Suggests Many Lung Cancer Tumors Are Harmless
    Harmless lung cancer? A provocative study found that nearly 1 in 5 lung tumors detected on CT scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems.
    Gene Mutation May Explain Heart Disease Risk Among African-Americans
    A genetic mutation associated with an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other health problems is common in Africans and people of African descent worldwide, according to a new study.
    Kidney Disease Risks Among African Americans
    African Americans are more at risk for kidney failure than any other race. More than 1 in 3 kidney failure patients living in the United States is African American. That is over 150,000 people!
    Health Care Website Updates Get Mixed Reviews, Traffic Doubles On First Day Of Revamp
    Counselors helping people use the federal government’s online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old sputters and even crashes.
    President Obama Pledges $100 Million To Find HIV/AIDS Cure
    President Barack Obama announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV, saying his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies.
    Tuberculosis Scare Delays Flight To Phoenix, Passenger Removed With Possible Infection
    About 70 passengers on a US Airways Express flight from Texas to Arizona were briefly kept on the plane after it landed, and some say they were told to get tuberculosis tests and vaccinations.
    New Tongue Pierce Device Helps Paralyzed Drive Wheelchairs
    An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction.
    Blacks Less Likely to See Cancer Specialists, Study Finds
    Black Americans with advanced colorectal cancer are less likely than white patients to see cancer specialists or to receive cancer treatments, according to a new study.
    Doctor Is Out? New Robots Let Doctors ‘Beam’ Into Remote Hospitals
    Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies.
    Treatment, Survival For Colon Cancer Differs By Race
    Black people with advanced colon cancer are less likely to get consultations with specialists and treatment with complex medicines than white people, according to a new study.
    Racial Differences Seen In Pancreatic Cancer Death Rates
    Death rates from pancreatic cancer in the United States are increasing among whites and decreasing among blacks, but rates among blacks remain much higher than among whites, study findings show.
    Obama Announces Adjustments To Affordable Care Act
    President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes intended to improve the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and ease public anger over the functioning of the HealthCare.gov Web site and the ACA-linked cancellation of existing health insurance policies.
    Gene Hastens Kidney Disease Progression In African-Americans
    A gene variant common in African-Americans predicts that people with that gene who also have chronic kidney disease (CKD) are twice as likely to progress to kidney failure as African-Americans without the high-risk gene and white people with CKD.
    New Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines Move Away From Cholesterol Targets
    For decades, if you asked your doctor what your odds were of suffering a heart attack, the answer would turn on a number: your cholesterol level. Now the nation’s first new heart disease prevention guidelines in a decade take a very different approach, focusing more broadly on risk and moving away from specific targets for cholesterol.
    Obama Apologizes To Those Who Must Change Health Insurance Due To Reform
    U.S. President Barack Obama publicly apologized on Thursday to people who will have to change their health insurance plans to comply with the standards set by the health reform law passed in 2010, after having promised repeatedly over the past several years that they would be able to keep their current plans if they were satisfied with them.
    U.S. May See Leveling Off Of Colon Cancer Testing
    After years of steady increases, testing for colon cancer may be leveling off, a federal report suggests.
    Black Patients Less Likely To Ask For Lower-Cost Meds
    African American patients may feel less comfortable than white patients asking doctors if they can take cheaper drugs, a recent survey from an emergency department shows.
    U.S. Health Secretary Says Insurance Web Site Problems “Unacceptable”
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday called the problems with the Web site via which the public can access information on new medical insurance programs “unacceptable” in testimony before a House committee.
    Why 7 Deadly Diseases Strike Blacks Most
    Several deadly diseases strike black Americans harder and more often than they do white Americans. Fighting back means genetic research. It means changing the system for testing new drugs. It means improving health education. It means overcoming disparities in health care.
    What You Need to Know About Stroke
    For African Americans, stroke is more common and more deadly – even in young and middle-aged adults – than for any ethnic or other racial group in the United States.
    Obama Not “Sugarcoating” Problems With Health Website
    President Barack Obama pledged to stamp out the gremlins plaguing his administration’s signature health-care overhaul Monday, saying there was no “sugarcoating” the difficulties faced by Americans hoping to sign up for insurance coverage online.
    The Affordable Care Act And African Americans
    The Affordable Care Act –will help make health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans. For African Americans, like other racial and ethnic minorities, the law will address inequities and will increase access to quality, affordable health coverage, invest in prevention and wellness, and give individuals and families more control over their care.
    Obama Defends Healthcare Program Amid US Government Shutdown
    Barack Obama has blamed Republicans on “an ideological crusade” for the shutdown of the US government. Saying that they forced an unnecessary budget crisis purely because they want to dismantle his health care program.
    Five Reasons Americans Already Love ObamaCare, Plus One Reason Why They’re Gonna Love It Even More, Soon
    There’s a reason Republicans have been rushing to try and defund the Affordable Care Act before October 1, when major sections of the law take effect. Republicans know what polls show, that most Americans don’t know what’s in ObamaCare, but when told what the law actually includes, a strong majority support the law.
    Gene Scans Could Hold Cures To Mystery Diseases In Children And Adults
    Adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, mental slowness or muscles too weak to let them stand were some of there symptoms of mysterious diseases that have perplexed doctors for decades.Now scientists say they were able to crack a quarter of these cases by decoding the patients’ genes.
    Looming Government Shutdown Won’t Stop Obamacare, Budget Officials Say
    Washington – Republicans like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are having trouble in their attempt to unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law.
    U.S. FDA Issues Final Rules For Mobile Medical Apps
    The FDA said Monday that the vast majority of these health care apps don’t pose much of a risk to consumers if they malfunction, and will not be federally regulated. Instead, the agency will focus on a handful of apps that turn smartphones into devices, like a heart monitor, or medical attachments that plug into smartphones, like arm cuffs that measure blood pressure.
    Genes Tied To High Blood Pressure Found In Black Americans
    Black Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure than whites, and now a large new study has pinpointed four common genetic variations affecting their risk.
    Vaccine Cures HIV-Like Virus In Monkeys, Potential Human Trials In The Works
    Researchers have achieved a potential major breakthrough in the treatment of HIV after successfully curing monkeys of the equivalent of the virus.
    New Research Offers Insight Into How HIV Infects Cells
    Scientists from the United States and China have obtained a high-resolution image of the structure of a cell-surface receptor through which most strains of HIV enter human immune cells.
    Baby Boomers Facing Cancer Care Crisis, Report Finds
    A report from government advisers shows that the U.S. is facing a crisis in how to deliver cancer care. While baby boomers reach their tumor-prone years, doctors have a hard time keeping up with complex new treatments.
    Cost, Fear, Lack Of Information May Limit CPR Usage For Urban Minorities
    Cost, fear and a lack of information are barriers for minorities in urban communities to learn and perform CPR, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
    Study: Predominantly Black Nursing Homes Deliver Poorer Care
    U.S. nursing homes with a high proportion of black residents appear to deliver poorer care and perform worse financially than homes with no or few minority patients, a new study suggests.
    Black Americans At Raised Risk Of Insufficient Sleep, Study Finds
    Black Americans are more likely than whites to get too little sleep and this disparity is greatest among people in professional occupations, a new study shows. Lack of sleep has been linked with increased risk of health problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even death.
    Communities Race To Hire, Train Experts On Obama’s Health Care Reform Plan
    Communities across the country are hiring and training a small army of experts on “Obamacare” who can explain the intricacies of the health care reform program to people who’ve never had it.
    Some Vaccines Now Protect Against More Strains Of The Flu
    This fall, some flu shots are promising a little extra protection. For the first time, certain brands of vaccines will guard against four strains of the flu rather than the usual three.
    Blood Protein Disparity May Help Explain Blacks’ Increased Heart Risk
    Higher levels of the key blood protein albumin might help explain why blacks are at elevated heart risk compared to whites, a new study suggests.
    Blacks Hospitalized For Heart Failure More Often
    Black patients with heart failure were more likely to be hospitalized for complications of the disease than whites with heart failure, in a new study.
    ‘Obamacare’ Starts Signing People Up, Creating Accounts Online
    Americans now have the opportunity to sign up for “Obamacare,” but they will have to wait a few more weeks to actually pick and choose insurance plans.
    Detect Bacteria, Toxins With Your Cell Phone
    Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more.
    U.S. Recalls 62 Million Diabetes Strips
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with diabetes about a recall of up to 62 million glucose test strips used to measure blood sugar levels that can show incorrect, abnormally high blood sugar readings.
    Doctors Urged To Give Sex Advice To Heart Attack Survivors
    New guidelines say doctors should bring up the topic of sex with patients who have survived a heart attack early and often to let them know they should not be afraid of intimacy.
    Black Nurses Told Not To Touch White Patient
    Two African American care home employees have accused their bosses of stopping them working with a white patient as he refused to be cared for by black people.
    U.S. Blacks Still Lag Whites In Life Expectancy
    Despite a significant increase in life expectancy in recent decades, black Americans still die almost four years earlier than white Americans do, federal health officials reported Thursday.
    To Live Longer You May Have To Move To Another State
    U.S. life expectancy has been growing steadily for decades, and is now nearly 79 for newborns. Southern states tend to have higher rates of smoking, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and a range of other illnesses. They also have problems that affect health, like less education and more poverty.
    New Surgical Knife Can Detect Cancer Instantly
    An experimental surgical knife can help surgeons make sure they’ve removed all the cancerous tissue, doctors reported Wednesday.
    Even With Equal Care, Racial Disparity Persists In Blood Cancer
    Black Americans with blood cancer do not live as long as white patients with the disease, a new study finds, even when they receive equal levels of care.
    Heart Surgery Riskier For Blacks With Peripheral Artery Disease
    Black patients with peripheral artery disease have an increased risk of death following heart bypass surgery compared to white patients, and therefore require closer follow-up, according to a new study.
    Black Medicaid Recipients Less Likely To Get Living-Donor Kidney
    Black Americans on Medicaid are far less likely to receive a living-donor kidney transplant than patients with private health insurance, a new study finds.
    Are There Health Risks With Char-Broiling And Gas Grilling Foods?
    While grilling does create foods that have a unique flavor and texture, and grilling is pretty synonymous with summertime, we do have some concerns about it.
    Are Lab Grown Organs An Option?
    Here’s the dream scenario: A patient donates cells, either from a biopsy or maybe just a blood draw. A lab uses them, or cells made from them, to seed onto a scaffold that’s shaped like the organ he needs. Then, says Dr. Harald Ott of Massachusetts General Hospital, “we can regenerate an organ that will not be rejected (and can be) grown on demand and transplanted surgically, similar to a donor organ.”
    Blacks With Certain Gene Need Lower Doses of Warfarin
    The discovery of a genetic variation that affects how some black patients respond to the blood thinner warfarin could improve the safety and effectiveness of the drug, researchers report.
    ‘Obamacare’ Starts Soon: Choices Will Increase, But Will Premiums?
    Insurance companies are showing interest in providing coverage under “Obamacare,” a development likely to increase market competition and give uninsured people more choices than they now have, the White House said Thursday. Many of the 14 million people who currently buy their own insurance plans could also benefit.
    Underactive Thyroid And Heart Failure A Bad Combination
    People with heart failure are more likely to experience poorer health from having a thyroid gland that is even mildly underactive, according to a new study. And among black patients, the researchers found an increased risk of death linked to the condition, which is known as hypothyroidism.
    Multiple Sclerosis More Common In Blacks Than Previously Thought
    For years doctors have assumed black people are less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than whites, but a new study suggests the opposite may be true.
    Race And Geography May Influence Late-Stage Kidney Care
    At the end of life, black kidney disease patients are more likely than white patients to continue intensive dialysis instead of choosing hospice care, according to a new study.
    Clinical Trials Shed Light On Minority Health
    Ensuring meaningful representation of minorities in clinical trials for regulated medical products is fundamental to FDA’s regulatory mission and public health, says Jonca Bull, M.D., director of the agency’s Office of Minority Health (OMH).
    Tips For Minorities: Prevent High Blood Pressure
    A recent study shows that hospitalization due to high blood pressure is more common among African Americans. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.
    Minority Cancer Awareness: Everyday Steps To Help Lower Your Risk
    Every April the American Cancer Society and other organizations work together to raise awareness about cancer among minorities in honor of National Minority Health Month and National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, celebrated this year April 15-21.
    Many U.S. Blacks Eager to Take Part in Medical Research
    Black Americans are more likely than other racial/ethnic groups to be interested in participating in medical research, including when it involves providing blood or genetic samples, a new study finds.
    Bacon-Flavored Condoms Sweep Seattle
    Bacon is sure in these days – even in the bedroom. A Seattle-based company named JD Foods has come up with bacon-flavored products with the appropriate slogan: “Make Your Meat, Look Like Meat.”
    The Top Ten Worst Allergy Cities In The Country
    According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s Spring Allergy Capitals report, which highlights the worst cities for allergy sufferers, this year Jackson, Mississippi is taking the number one spot due to high pollen and the population’s heavy reliance on allergy medications.
    Bias May Explain Disparity In Leg Amputations
    Although differences in cultural preferences, wealth or access to top hospitals are blamed for many healthcare disparities, a new study concludes those are not the main reasons that blacks with poor leg circulation are almost twice as likely to be amputated as whites with the same condition.
    Vitamin D Supplements Tied To Lower Blood Pressure In Blacks
    Black Americans who take vitamin D supplements may significantly lower their blood pressure, a new study suggests.
    Blacks With Kidney Disease Should Watch For Blood Pressure Shifts
    Large day-to-day blood pressure changes in blacks with kidney disease are associated with an increased risk of premature death, a new study suggests.
    Bionic Eye Implant Approved By U.S. For Rare Disease
    Adults going blind because of a rare eye disease may regain the ability to do daily tasks, such as navigating a sidewalk or detecting sunlight, from the first implanted artificial retina to win U.S. regulatory approval.
    Blacks Less Likely To Receive Kidney Transplant Early On, Study Finds
    Black people and those without private health insurance are less likely than others to receive a kidney transplant before their condition deteriorates to the point that they need dialysis, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore.
    Cancer Rates Dropping Among Black Americans
    A new report finds that cancer rates among blacks in the United States are on the decline, especially among black men, and the improvement may have saved almost 200,000 people from dying of the disease since the early 1990s.
    New Stomach Bug Sweeping The Globe Is Taking Over In the US, Health Officials Say
    A new strain of stomach bug making its rounds around the world has arrived in the U.S., health officials say. Since September, more than 140 outbreaks in the U.S. have been caused by the new Sydney strain of norovirus.
    Cancer Fact Or Fiction: Separating Myths From Good Information
    To many, cancer remains one of the most frightening diagnoses in modern medicine. But much of this fear is a result of myths that have circulated for years in spite of the good information that is available.
    Blacks And Hypertension Link Persists Across Age And Economic Status
    African-Americans are at higher risk for developing hypertension than Whites or Mexican Americans, even if they’ve managed to avoid high blood pressure earlier in life.
    African Americans & Multiple Sclerosis
    The myth that African Americans do not get MS is just that, a myth. African Americans do get MS. In fact, studies suggest that MS can be especially active in African Americans.
    African Americans And Glaucoma
    Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in African Americans. Half of those with glaucoma don’t know they have it.
    High Blood Pressure Poses Bigger Stroke Risk For Blacks, Study Says
    Black people are known to be at greater risk for high blood pressure, and now a new study suggests that this places them at an even higher risk for stroke.
    Serious Surgical Mistakes Persist, Despite Safety Rules
    Back in 2004, the Joint Commission, a group that certifies health care providers, issued rules to try and prevent wrong-site surgery. But these devastating mistakes have continued unabated, and recent estimates put the number at 40 per week in the United States.
    FDA Approves New Seasonal Flu Vaccine
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first seasonal flu vaccine made using animal cell technology. This previous egg method has been used for a half-century.
    New Guidelines Push For Most In U.S. To Get At Least 1 HIV Test
    HIV testing could become as common as cholesterol check-ups. New screening guidelines proposed by an independent panel insist Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once—not just people considered at high risk for the virus.
    Heart Risks Still Higher In Blacks Than Whites
    Black men and women are more likely to die of a heart attack or heart failure than whites in the United States, according to a new study.
    Values Exercise Improves Doctor-Patient Communication
    A short waiting room exercise encouraging African American patients to reflect on their personal values helped improve communication between the patients and their white doctors, in a new study.
    Killer Faces Life In Prison After Confessing To Girl’s Murder When He Thought He Was Dying Of A Heart Attack – Then Surviving!
    James Washington was having a heart attack when he called a police officer over to his hospital bed in 2009. While he hoped for absolution, what he got instead was a medical miracle. And now, a murder charge.
    What Is Keloid Scarring
    Keloid scars are defined as an abnormal scar that grows beyond the boundary of the original site of a skin injury. Keloid scars are seen 15 times more in highly pigmented ethnic groups rather than Caucasians.
    Chelation Treatment Shows Promise To Treat Heart Disease
    A treatment used for heart disease, which many doctors consider to be fringe medicine, has unexpectedly showed promise in a new study, sparking debate about the findings. The study tested chelation, infusions that may help remove calcium from hardened arteries around the heart. While chelation has long been used to treat lead poisoning, its safety for heart disease remains unproven.
    Health Risks Will Rise In Sandy’s Wake, Experts Warn
    The torrential rains and hurtling winds of “superstorm” Sandy are slowly passing through, along with some of the more acute health dangers such as falling trees and high flood waters. But in the days, weeks and months to come, residents of the hardest hit areas will face myriad risks to their health, experts say.
    Superstorm Sandy Leaves New York City Hospitals Powerless Due To Flooding
    Two of the most important medical centers in New York City lost power during Superstorm Sandy earlier this week, causing panic and frantic effort to transfer patients.
    Health Insurance Companies Are Actually Nervous Over A Possible Romney Victory
    Although the industry hates parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law, major outfits such as UnitedHealth Group and BlueCross Blue Shield also stand to rake in billions of dollars from new customers who’ll get health insurance under the law. The companies already have invested tens of millions to carry it out.
    Aspirin May Fight Some Colon Cancers
    One of the world’s oldest and cheapest drugs is showing promise in fighting cancer. A new study has shown patients who regularly took aspirin lived longer than those who didn’t. These individuals had a mutation in a gene that’s thought to play a role in colon cancer.
    CPR Less Likely For Latinos, Blacks In Poor Neighborhoods
    If someone collapses, their survival rate may depend on where they live. A new study concludes those who suffer from cardiac arrest in a poor neighborhood are half as likely to get CPR from family members at home or from bystanders on the street then whites.
    African-Americans And Heart Disease, Stroke
    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all Americans, and stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death. As frightening as those statistics are the risks of getting those diseases are even higher for African-Americans.
    Race, Income Tied To Late Colon Cancer Diagnoses
    A study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas also revealed that blacks and those in high-poverty areas are more likely than others to be diagnosed with colon cancer in an emergency situation. The researchers noted when cancer diagnoses are delayed until an emergency arises, the risk for complications and death increases.
    20 Things You Didn’t Know About Sex
    You’ve taken sex ed, have hands-on experience and have seen every episode of ‘Sex and the City’ — twice. So, you think you know a lot about sex? Here are the 20 things your health teacher most certainly never taught you:
    Treating Acne In Black Skin
    For the most part, acne is a colorblind disease. It develops and is treated the same way regardless of skin tone. However, darker skin tends to get dark spots (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) after an acne lesion goes away.
    Lack Of Sleep May Be Linked To Weight Gain And Diabetes, Says New Study
    If you haven’t scheduled some time to catch up on sleep this weekend, then you might want to do so now – your health may depend on it. Lack of sleeps affects the ability for fat cells to respond to insulin efficiently.
    Faces Of HIV: Four Powerful Stories Of Hope And Strength
    Through insightful interviews, captivating portraits and poignant journal writing, the Faces of HIV project examines the effects of stigmas, the personal relationships and care issues associated with being HIV positive.
    Why Black People Get Fewer Wrinkles Than White People
    African American skin has larger melanosomes (cells that determine skin color) and the melanosomes contain more of the pigment melanin than those found in white skin. Because of the protective effect of melanin, African-Americans are better protected against skin cancer and premature wrinkling from sun exposure.
    It’s Flu Shot Time: New Strains Expected In 2012 Flu Season
    Last year’s flu shot won’t shield you this year: Two new strains of influenza have begun circling the globe, and the updated vaccine appears to work well against them, government officials said Thursday.
    Mitt Romney Booed At NAACP Convention For Saying He Will Repeal Obamacare
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was booed by an African-American crowd on Wednesday when he told them he would eliminate President Barack Obama’s signature policy achievement, the U.S. healthcare overhaul.
    Secondhand Smoke Takes Big Illness, Expense Toll
    Secondhand smoke has a substantial health and economic impact, especially among black Americans, a new study shows.
    Minority-Serving Hospitals Have Problems With Quality Of Care And Patient Satisfaction
    Patients treated in hospitals with high concentrations of black patients reported less satisfaction with their care and experienced several difficulties, reveals a new study.
    Surprising Causes Of Body Odor
    You would be shocked and surprised at the simple things you can do to minimize or eliminate offensive odors that may be emanating from off of your body.
    Where Mitt Romney And Barack Obama Stand On Healthcare
    There are many important differences between the two men who would be President. Here is a guide to where Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney stand on healthcare.
    Fewer Blacks, Hispanics Get New Heart Device
    Blacks and Hispanics with chronic heart failure are less likely than whites to be treated with a specialized pacemaker that prolongs survival and eases symptoms, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.
    Growing Proof That HIV & Aids Can Be Cured
    Aids researchers believe the time may have come to think the unthinkable: a growing body of expert opinion believes a cure for HIV infection is no longer a scientific impossibility but a realistic goal that scientists could reach in the very near future.
    5 Things The Obamacare Ruling Does For Blacks And Latinos
    The Affordable Care Act will have a substantial effect on Latinos and Blacks. Let’s take a look at what Obamacare does for these Americans:
    Paul Ryan’s Plan Could Change Medicaid, Medicare
    Ryan’s Medicare vision would shift the burden of cost from the federal government to seniors, which for African-Americans could be deadly.
    Mysterious Disease Leaves Patients With AIDS-like Symptoms, But Not HIV
    Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV.
    Tuberculosis In Blacks
    Blacks continue to have a disproportionate share of TB. The percentage of TB cases in blacks is higher than expected based on the percentage of blacks in the U.S. population.
    Black Stroke Survivors Face Greater Risk From High Blood Pressure
    Black people who survived strokes caused by bleeding in the brain were more likely than whites to have high blood pressure a year later – increasing their risk of another stroke, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
    Should Welfare Recipients Be Drug Tested?
    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, almost two dozen states are considering bills that require drug testing those either applying for or receiving public benefits.
    Decisions About Condom Use Among Gay Couples Vary By Race
    Although black gay couples tend to practice safe sex more often, researchers from San Francisco State University found they don’t talk about it. However, white gay couples often do the opposite…..
    NAACP Develops HIV Manual For Black Churches
    Houston pastor Timothy W. Sloan has felt for years that he needed to talk about HIV and AIDS with his congregation. But he worried the 3,000 mostly African-American parishioners at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Humble, Texas, could be offended and leave the church or curtail their giving.
    Blacks With Throat Cancer Get Harsher Therapy
    Blacks in the U.S. with throat cancer are more likely than whites to have surgery that leaves them unable to speak than to get gentler voice-preserving treatments, a new study finds.
    Should African-Americans Wear Sunscreen?
    African-Americans are less likely to suffer sun damage and the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. African-Americans also have lower chances of getting skin cancer. Depending on the darkness of the skin…..
    Think Twice Before You Shave The Love Below, Physician Says
    Pubic hair does have a purpose, providing cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury, protection from bacteria and other unwanted pathogens, and is the visible result of long awaited adolescent hormones, certainly nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.
    GOP Offers Health Care Repeal Without Alternative
    House Republicans generally avoided talk of replacement measures on Tuesday as they mobilized for an election-season vote to repeal the health care law that stands as President Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment.
    Top Court Upholds Healthcare Law In Obama Triumph
    The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Thursday in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats and a setback for Republican opponents of the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. healthcare system.
    Better-Educated Blacks, Lower Odds Of Hypertension
    African ancestry does not explain why black Americans are more likely than whites to have high blood pressure, a new study says. But there is a significant association between low education levels and high blood pressure in blacks.
    Colorectal Cancer Is Preventable: Information For African Americans
    Many people who fear cancer don’t realize that some types of cancer are preventable. Cancer of the colon or rectum (together referred to as colorectal cancer) is one of these.
    Blacks, Hispanics Have Higher Colon Polyp Risk Than Previously Thought
    Black and Hispanic Americans are far more likely than whites to develop precancerous colorectal polyps, a new study finds.
    U.S. Racial Gap In Life Expectancy Shrinks
    Whites in the United States have typically lived longer on average than blacks, but a new study released on Tuesday suggests that gap in life expectancy may be shrinking.
    Scleroderma Complications Worse in Blacks Than Whites
    A new study finds that black patients with scleroderma have more severe disease complications than whites.
    Statistics On People Without Health Insurance
    There are millions of Americans who have some type of health insurance coverage as well as millions who are without health insurance. Data for these Americans are gathered and compiled by the United States Census Bureau.
    Life Expectancy For U.S. Blacks Shorter Than That Of Whites
    White men in the United States live an average of about seven years longer than black men, while white women live more than five years longer than black women, a new study shows.
    Do Whites Receive Better Health Care Than Blacks?
    Researchers at Harvard and Brown universities say a racial gap persists in health care regardless of what health insurance plans people have, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
    Can Male Circumcision Stem The AIDS Epidemic In Africa?
    Adult male circumcision, in which the foreskin of the penis is surgically removed, has emerged as one of the more powerful reducers of infection risk. Some studies are finding that it decreases the odds that a heterosexual man will contract HIV by 57 percent or more.
    People In Poor Neighborhoods Have More Pain, Study Finds
    Adults under the age of 50 who live in low-income neighborhoods experience more chronic pain than those in more affluent communities, new research finds. Blacks, however, experienced more chronic pain and disability than whites regardless of where they lived….
    National Screening Urged To Detect Eye Disease In Blacks
    Middle-aged black people may benefit from a routine national glaucoma screening program, according to new research. A computer-based mathematical model found routine screening could make a modest reduction in the number of people who go blind or become visually impaired from the eye disease.
    Is Sex Necessary for Good Health?
    The best that modern science can say for sexual abstinence is that it’s harmless when practiced in moderation. Having regular and enthusiastic sex, by contrast, confers a host of measurable physiological advantages, be you male or female.
    Get The Scoop On Eczema
    Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes.
    Fewer Dying in U.S. From Throat, Mouth Cancer, Study Finds
    Death rates for U.S. patients with throat and mouth cancers decreased between 1993 and 2007, a new study shows.
    Blacks With Diverticulitis Have Worse Outcomes
    Blacks need emergency surgery more often than whites for a common type of intestinal disease, and they tend to fare worse afterwards, suggests a study of older Americans on Medicare.
    Black Kidney Donors More Likely To Be Related To Recipients
    A new study on living kidney donation finds that black donors are more likely to be related to their recipients than white donors are.
    Gene Variant Increases Risk Of Kidney Disease In African-Americans
    African-Americans with two copies of the APOL1 gene have about a 4 percent lifetime risk of developing a form of kidney disease, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health.
    Could Discrimination Help Trigger Illness In Blacks?
    The stress associated with racial discrimination may take a heavy toll on the body, researchers say. The finding could help explain why certain racial groups tend to have more heart disease, diabetes and other age-related conditions.
    Blacks Fare Worse Than Whites After Colon Cancer Surgery
    Black Americans who have surgery for stage 2 and stage 3 colon cancer have worse overall and recurrence-free survival rates than whites, a new study finds.
    Survival Less Likely for Black Victims Of Assault, Study Finds
    Black Americans are more likely than whites to die of gunshot and other assault-related injuries after they arrive at a trauma center, a new study has found.
    Downsides Of Cancer Care Rarely Seen In Black Media
    Few media stories on cancer venture into issues of death, dying and end-of-life care — and outlets directed at African Americans are particularly unlikely to do so, a new study suggests.
    Black Nursing Home Residents Less Likely Than Whites To Get Vaccination
    The percentage of nursing home residents in the United States who receive a seasonal flu shot is lower than the national goal, and the rate is lower for blacks than for whites, a new study finds.
    Vaccine Could Reduce HIV To Minor Infection
    HIV could be reduced to a “minor chronic infection” akin to herpes, scientists developing a new vaccine have claimed. Spanish researchers found that 22 of 24 healthy people (92 per cent) developed an immune response to HIV after being given their MVA-B vaccine.
    Watching Patient Stories On DVDs Improves Blood Pressure Control Among Blacks
    A new study found that black patients who watched story segments on DVDs of others sharing their stories about high blood pressure helped them make substantial improvements in their own blood pressure.
    What African Americans With Diabetes Or High Blood Pressure Need To Know
    Diabetes and high blood pressure can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney disease. You need to get checked for kidney disease if you have one of these conditions. Here are some other reasons to get checked:
    9 In 10 Blacks With High Blood Pressure Have Early Heart Disease
    High blood pressure is strongly associated with heart disease in black Americans, new research shows.
    How To Avoid Diabetes And Reverse Diabetes
    No one’s allowed to say that you can easily avoid diabetes and sometimes even reverse diabetes naturally. But studies clearly show that avoiding diabetes and actually even reversing mild diabetes is not that difficult.
    Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms And Causes
    Type 2 diabetes symptoms and causes can be subtle and confusing. But since diabetes is skyrocketing all around the world, it only makes good commonsense to learn the causes and symptoms of diabetes.
    How To Avoid Diabetes And Reverse Diabetes Type 2
    Do you know how to avoid diabetes? How about how to reverse diabetes naturally? The problem is no one’s allowed to tell you that you can usually avoid diabetes and sometimes even reverse diabetes naturally.
    Shockwave Therapy Shows Promise For Tendon Pain
    A therapy that aims to heal injured body tissue with targeted sound waves may bring pain relief to people with chronically injured hamstring tendons, a small study of professional athletes suggests.
    Blacks Develop High Blood Pressure A Year Ahead Of Whites
    It’s well known that blacks are at greater risk for developing high blood pressure than whites are, but new research now suggests they also progress more rapidly from a pre-hypertension state to full-blown high blood pressure.
    Is Interracial Sex Better?
    Have you ever had sex with someone outside your race? Would you be interested in having sex with someone of another race? Is interracial sex a taboo to you? This is a very controversial topic. “Why the hell would someone prefer to have interracial sex?᾿ most people may ask.
    Expense May Be Causing Fewer Young Blacks To Smoke
    Rising cigarette prices and other economic and social factors led to the sharp drop in smoking that occurred among black youth between the 1970s and 1990s, U.S. researchers say.
    Warning Signs To Look For Before You Buy Or Rent
    Excessive indoor allergen levels, and moldy homes appear in the news on a nightly basis, many people have been asking what can be done to reduce the chances of renting or buying a problem residence?
    Skin Cancer: A Fact Of Life In Skin Of Color
    People of all races and colors get skin cancer. This common cancer develops in people of African, Asian, Latino, and Native American descent. Even Aboriginal Australians have heard the diagnosis, “You have skin cancer.” When skin cancer develops in skin of color, the cancer is more often advanced by the time it is diagnosed. Researchers are not sure why. It could be that the cancer is not recognized until the later stages in skin of color.
    Symptoms Of Seasonal Allergies And Allergy Cures
    While many people welcome spring, summer and fall as their favorite seasons, this doesn’t include the 40 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms. But you don’t have to be a victim of airborne seasonal allergies.
    When Behind The Wheel This Holiday Weekend, Decide To Drive
    The statistics on distracted driving are startling. The U.S. Department of Transportation statistics indicate that in 2008 nearly 6,000 people died and more than half a million were injured in crashes associated with driver distractions of all types.
    Black Arthritis Patients Get Fewer Potent Drugs
    Black people with rheumatoid arthritis are less likely than whites to be on powerful drugs that ward off further joint damage and disability, according to a new study from California.
    Minorities And Colorectal Cancer
    African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in later stages of the disease. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among both African-American men and women.
    Many Blacks Remain Wary Of Clinical Trials
    Many African-American patients refuse to join medical studies because they fear they will be lied to and harmed by scientists who view them as human guinea pigs, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.
    Hepatitis C Virus Levels Higher In Black Injection Drug Users
    Among injection-drug users in the United States infected with hepatitis C, virus levels are highest among blacks…..
    Cardiovascular Disease In African Americans
    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of African Americans in the United States. Four out of 10 African American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease.
    Gene Variant Linked To Sudden Cardiac Death Risk In Blacks
    A common gene variant among black people may be linked to the development of life-threatening heart arrhythmias (when the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly), according to a new study.
    Minority Healthcare Associations
    Minority healthcare associations have a mission to provide a forum for healthcare professionals concerning education, networking, healthcare research, certification and resources.
    Nick Cannon’s – “NCredible Health Hustle” – Video Series
    The America’s Got Talent host has started a series of videos on his website that document him getting healthy after his kidney failure.
    Sun Effects On Black People Vs. White People
    African-Americans have more melanin in their skin than lighter-skinned people, making it less likely that they’ll sunburn while outdoors. However…..
    Study Hints At Why Heart Disease Is More Deadly For Blacks
    A new study hints at one reason that black Americans are at a higher risk of death from heart disease than whites: Blacks appear to have higher levels of a certain type of plaque that builds up in arteries and is not detected in standard screening.
    African Americans And Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CDC)
    Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) pose a serious and widespread health threat in the United States. Though most STDs can be easily diagnosed and treated, many have no noticeable symptoms, and infected individuals may not seek testing or treatment. As a result, many infections go undetected. Without treatment, individuals with STDs are at risk of serious health problems, such as infertility.
    U.S. Blacks More Likely To Die Of Colon Cancer Than Whites
    Although colorectal cancer death rates in the United States have fallen across the board over the last 20 years, the dip has been smaller among blacks than whites, a new study indicates.
    14 Year Old Black Youth Invents Surgical Technique
    Tony Hansberry II isn’t waiting to finish medical school to contribute to improved medical care. He has already developed a stitching technique that can be used to reduce surgical complications, as well as the chance of error among less experienced surgeons.
    Natural Home Arthritis Remedies For Arthritic Relief
    It’s true. There are natural home arthritis remedies that can help prevent the spread and severity of arthritis to give you natural arthritic relief. Some natural arthritis home remedies can strengthen the immune system and others reduce the painful inflammation that comes with arthritis.
    Blacks Still Dying More From Cancer Than Whites
    Breast and colon cancers are deadlier for black women than they are for white women. Blacks also have a worse five-year survival rate than whites for all cancers—57 percent compared to 66 percent, according to the report.
    How To Prevent A Stroke
    One out of three stroke victims die. And many of the rest are left with major disabilities. But stroke prevention works. And right now is the very best time to begin stroke prevention by learning how to prevent a stroke.
    How To Relieve Constipation Naturally In 7 Steps
    All you have to do to relieve constipation naturally is start using the natural constipation remedies and foods that relieve constipation listed below.
    Natural Allergy Relief For Seasonal Allergies
    Looking for natural allergy relief for seasonal allergies? Well, read on for seasonal allergy relief, naturally.
    African American Health Issue – Factoids
    African Americans are six to eight times more likely to have glaucoma than Caucasians, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African Americans, responsible for 19% of blindness in African Americans (versus 6% of blindness in whites).
    The Benefits Of Exercise To Relieve Anxiety
    Want to sleep better, overcome depression or relieve anxiety? These are just a few of the many priceless benefits of exercise.
    How Does Stress Affect Health?
    Does stress affect health negatively? Absolutely! Studies show physical stress symptoms are behind at least 83% of the health problems leading to doctor visits. And that doesn’t include the psychological effects of stress.
    Facts About Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) For African Americans
    P.A.D. is more common in African Americans than any other racial or ethnic group. This may be in part because some of the conditions that raise the risk for developing P.A.D., such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are more common among African Americans.
    When It Comes To Sex, Our Sense Of Smell Is Most Important
    When it comes to our senses, we tend to think that sight, touch, and sound are the most important sensual cues for humans. But when it comes to sex, odors can accelerate puberty, control a woman’s menstrual cycles, affects her moods, alter men’s hormone levels and even influence sexual orientation.
    Thyroid Disorders And Surgery
    Diseases of the thyroid gland are very common, affecting millions of Americans. The most common thyroid problems are:
    Younger Blacks Fare Worse On Dialysis, Study Finds
    Researchers found that black patients younger than 50 years old who receive the blood-filtering process actually fare worse than whites.
    Thyroid Drugs May Raise Fracture Risk In Elderly
    Many seniors may be at increased risk for fractures because they take “excessive” doses of drugs used to treat thyroid problems, a new study says.
    Cancer Disparities Exist Despite Good Insurance
    Despite having equal access to health care through military health insurance, black women with breast cancer are less likely than white women to receive certain aggressive treatments, according to the findings of a new study.
    How To Detoxify Your Body Naturally
    Whether you know how to detox or not, your body knows how to detoxify. As a matter of fact, a fit, well functioning, healthy body will naturally detoxify all day long, every single day.
    High Blood Pressure May Be Especially Lethal For Blacks
    Black people with high blood pressure are twice as likely to suffer sudden cardiac death than whites or other racial groups who suffer hypertension, according to a new study.
    Are You And Your Family Prepared For Flu Season?
    It’s the time of year for sneezing, coughing and the oh-so-dreaded flu. Are you doing everything you can to prepare your family for the onslaught of cold and flu season? In addition to increasing your intake of Vitamin C, and perhaps getting a flu shot, there are a number of quick tips to help your family survive this winter – healthier and happier.
    Read About Dr. Arthur Burnett II, The Black Doctor Who Was Instrumental In The Creation Of Viagra
    Dr. Burnett is recognized for being a world-authority in the science and medicine of male erectile dysfunction. His work paved the way for the clinical development of oral medications to treat erectile dysfunction such as Viagra.
    How To Lower Triglycerides Naturally In 8 Steps
    Having high triglycerides levels is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But learning how to lower triglycerides, with a healthy triglycerides diet of foods to lower triglycerides and a healthy lifestyle, is easy.
    Obama’s Healthcare Plan
    Health care costs are skyrocketing. Health insurance premiums have doubled in the last 8 years, rising 3.7 times faster than wages in the past 8 years, and increasing co-pays and deductibles threaten access to care. Many insurance plans cover only a limited number of doctors’ visits or hospital days, exposing families to unlimited financial liability…… Obama and Biden have the answer……
    How To Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally
    Learning how to lower blood pressure naturally is simple. But to naturally lower blood pressure takes commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Why should you bother?
    Black Americans With Lupus Have Better Response To Flu Vaccine
    Black Americans with lupus have a higher antibody response to flu vaccination than whites with lupus, a new study says.
    Get The Scoop On Sickle Cell Anemia
    Sickle cell anemia is a disease passed down through families in which red blood cells form an abnormal crescent shape. (Red blood cells are normally shaped like a disc.)
    Racial Disparities Remain for Health Care for Vets
    Gaps in care for black and white U.S. veterans have been reduced over the past decade….major disparities persist in control of cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study says.
    Warning Signs Of A Stroke And Stroke Symptoms
    It’s important to know the 5 warning signs of a stroke, because once stroke symptoms start, they move rapidly and time is limited. A stroke is often fatal and knowing warning signs of stroke symptoms can save your life.
    Multiple Sclerosis In Blacks Linked To Low Vitamin D
    Black people with multiple sclerosis are more likely to have vitamin D deficiencies than blacks who don’t have the disease, a new study shows.
    Health Tips For African American Men And Women
    You do not have to stop eating chocolate cake or start running marathons to improve your health. Making small but steady changes in your eating and physical activity habits, over time, may help you lose weight if you need to, feel better, and improve your health.
    Bed Sores Afflict More Blacks In Nursing Homes Than Whites
    Among nursing home residents at high risk for bed sores, black patients are more likely than whites to develop the potentially serious condition.
    Gene Discovered That Raises Asthma Risk In Blacks
    U.S. researchers have discovered a genetic mutation unique to African Americans that could help explain why blacks are so susceptible to asthma.
    Stress Consequences And Stress Management Tips
    Stress consequences can damage your mental, emotional and physical health. Actually, the consequences of stress are the most common cause of disease, accounting for at least 75 to 90% of all doctors’ visits.
    Do You Know Your Surgeon General?
    Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service. As America’s Doctor, she provides the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and the health of the nation.
    Tired Of Feeling Tired And Fatigue All The Time?
    If you’re tired of feeling tired and fatigue all the time, you’re not alone. Statistics show that 1 out of 4 people feel tired all the time. For most of them, fatigue is so intense that it keeps them from having a normal, happy, productive life. And since constantly feeling tired is almost always the first symptom of all degenerative diseases, it can be dangerous.
    Seasonal Allergy Symptoms And Natural Allergy Relief
    The symptoms of seasonal allergies are the result of a faulty immune reaction. And by naturally healing a poorly functioning immune system, you can get highly effective natural allergy relief.
    Physical Activity Levels Linked To Employment Status
    People’s employment status has an impact on how physically active they are during the workweek, but men and women are affected differently, new research shows.
    How To Get A Good Nights Sleep
    Good health requires you to get a good nights sleep. But 57% of American adults have night insomnia and it’s closer to 68% among women.
    CT Angiography Improves Detection Of Heart Disease In African Americans
    Researchers may have discovered one reason that African Americans are at increased risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular events.
    Pushing Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Risk of Chronic Disease for Blacks
    A program promoting exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits that can help prevent chronic disease proved effective for black American couples in which one partner has HIV and the other does not, a new study finds.
    The Benefits Of Drinking Water
    Water benefits are extraordinary. Maybe you already know some of the health benefits, but do you know what water amount or water intake will give you the absolute optimum water benefits?
    Annual HIV Infections In U.S. Relatively Stable, Alarming Increase Among Young, Black Gay And Bisexual Men
    ”More than 30 years into the HIV epidemic, about 50,000 people in this country still become infected each year. Not only do men who have sex with men continue to account for most new infections, young gay and bisexual men are the only group in which infections are increasing, and this increase is particularly concerning among young African American MSM….
    Smoking Health Risks And Tobacco Facts
    Tobacco facts are devastating. And smoking health risks are a major worldwide health threat. Tobacco is responsible for a million preventable premature American deaths every year – but that’s just in the U.S.
    Get The Scoop On Alcohol Abuse
    Alcohol abuse is the most common psychiatric disease in the US, with an estimated 13.7% to 23.5% of the general population experiencing problems with abuse or dependence during their lifetimes….
    Health Care Gap May Raise Rates Of Colorectal Cancer Death in Blacks
    Unequal health care may explain why black colorectal cancer patients have a much higher death rate than white patients, a new U.S. study suggests.
    Few African-Americans Call 911 Immediately For Stroke Symptoms
    Most African-Americans say they’d call 911 if stroke symptoms occurred but few do, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
    Foods That Constipate And Home Constipation Remedies
    Yes, there are foods that constipate. But there are also foods that relieve constipation, plus other natural home constipation remedies.
    Get The Scoop On Back Pain
    Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. Chronic back pain is pain that persists for more than 3 months. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine.
    Healthy Living Adds Years To Life
    Americans who smoke, have high blood pressure, high blood sugar and are overweight may be shortening their life expectancy by an average of four years, a new study finds.
    Black Couples Benefit From Program To Curb Spread of HIV
    A couple-focused program cut risky sexual behaviors among black American couples in which one partner has HIV and the other is HIV-free, researchers report.
    African Americans And Depression
    Depression hits every individual or group differently — the symptoms, length of the disease, and types of effective treatment depend on case-by-case circumstances. African-Americans are less likely to deal with a crushing case of major depression than other ethnic groups. However, they are more likely to experience a milder, longer-lasting form of depression called dysthymia.
    African Americans Are High Risk For Stroke
    In any given year, 100,000 African-Americans will have a stroke, and stroke is the third leading cause of death in the African-American community. If you are African-American, it’s important to get the facts about your stroke risk and learn how you can minimize risk factors.
    Menthol May Make It Tougher To Stop Smoking Especially For Blacks
    Menthol cigarettes make it more difficult for smokers to quit, especially blacks and Puerto Ricans, a new study indicates.
    Race, Sex Play Part In Hypertension Risk
    A new study finds that race, gender and where you live strongly affect your risk for high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
    Black, Low-Income Patients More Disabled By Parkinson’s Complications
    Black patients and those with lower levels of income and education have more severe parkinsonism with greater levels of disability, a new study finds.
    Liver Cancer Survival Rates May Be Worse for Blacks
    Black Americans with early-stage liver cancer are more likely to die of the disease than Asian, Hispanic or white patients, say researchers.
    Altered Gene Protects Some African-Americans From Heart Disease
    A study by scientists at Johns Hopkins discovered that a single alteration in the genetic code in about a fourth of African-Americans helps protect them from coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death in Americans of all races.
    Sex, Race, Place Of Residence Influence High Blood Pressure Incidence
    High blood pressure may help to explain why deaths from heart disease and stroke vary according to geography, race and sex, researchers reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.
    Blacks With Cancer More Inclined To Exhaust Funds To Prolong Life
    White patients with lung or colorectal cancer are less willing than patients of other races or ethnicities to use up their personal financial resources to prolong their life, a new study finds.
    Vitamin D Deficiency Does Not Increase Stroke Risk Among Blacks
    While vitamin D deficiency is associated with fatal stroke among whites, it is not linked to more stroke deaths among blacks, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010.
    Vitamin D Shortage Not Tied To Stroke Deaths In Blacks
    New research suggests that vitamin D deficiency does not boost stroke death rates among black patients, even though it appears to double the risk for whites.
    Heavy Smoking May Double Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk In Blacks
    Smoking boosts the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in black Americans, and heavy smokers and those with a genetic risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis are among those most likely to develop the joint disease, a new study has found.