The Minority/ Black Health Blog  

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Danger of Drinking Alcohol While Your Skin is Exposed to the Sun -- Many Blacks Still in Denial

African American woman drinking alcohol outside

Most skin cancers are caused by direct exposure to the UV rays in sunlight, according to the American Cancer Society. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage DNA in the cells in the body, which in turn may lead to cancer. But there is something else that can also increase skin cancer risk that many African Americans are in denial about. What is it?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The #1 Killer of Black People in America is Not Black on Black Crime -- It's This!

African American patient with high blood pressure

About 75 million American adults (29 percent) have high blood pressure, or 1 in every 3 American adults, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. It greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. It's called the "silent killer" because it has no symptoms. It is the number one killer of Black men and women in the U.S.

Monday, March 13, 2017

These Eye Conditions Can Be the First Signs of an HIV Infection

HIV eye symptoms

HIV is still a serious health epidemic, with African Americans representing a majority (44 percent) of new HIV diagnoses. People with HIV often experience problems with their eyes. In fact, certain eye conditions can be the first signs of an HIV infection.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5 Ways How Manicures Can Lead to Nasty and Potentially Deadly Infections

Manicure infection

What woman doesn't like to get her nails done? Manicures and pedicures are a luxury enjoyed by millions of women. But here's something you need to know before you indulge; manicures and pedicures can leave you with fungus, warts and infections. YUCK!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Black College Student From Chicago Discovers A Breakthrough For Colon Cancer Cure

Keven Stonewall, Black college student who discovered breakthrough for colon cancer

When Keven Stonewall was in the fifth grade, he received four microscopes for Christmas from his parents. They did not realize then that his interest in biology would eventually lead him to discover a major breakthrough in the cure for colon cancer.

Monday, February 13, 2017

25% of African Americans With This Serious Health Condition Won't Find Out Until It's Too Late!

Covenant House HIV Support Group in Charleston, WV
Developing HIV does not have to be a death sentence. With proper treatment, HIV does not have to progress to full blown AIDS. The problem is that 25 percent of African Americans with HIV don't know they have it until it has progressed to AIDS.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Blacks in Poorer Neighborhoods Have a Higher Risk of Getting This!

Black woman in hospital

Where you live can have a significant impact on your overall health. According to a new government-funded study, Blacks who live in poor neighborhoods are at greater risk for heart disease and stroke than those who live in wealthier areas.

Monday, January 30, 2017

14-Year Old Black Girl Hangs Herself Live On Facebook

Naika Venant

Naika Venant from Miami, Florida was only 14 years old when she methodically planned and carried out her suicide for two hours, and the whole event was live on Facebook. The disturbing true story raises so many questions on so many levels surrounding the untimely death of this beautiful, intelligent young girl.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Real Reason Why Asthma Can Be More Serious (and Deadly) for African Americans

African American child with asthma

According to The U.S. Centers For Disease Control, black adults are more likely to have asthma than white adults. The National Institutes of Health reports that African Americans have more ER visits, hospitalizations, and higher mortality rates from asthma than whites. Why is asthma more serious for blacks? A new study shows that blacks are less responsive to treatments.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

African American Smokers Vs. White Smokers -- Who Are More Likely to Get Diabetes?

African American and white smoker

The risk of diabetes is 77 percent higher among African Americans than among non-Hispanic white Americans, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. But that risk can be even higher if African Americans are heavy smokers. A recent study shows that heavy smoking greatly increases the risk of diabetes in Blacks.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fight Diabetes With These 6 Drinks -- The Last One Will Totally Surprise You!

African American diabetic drinking apple cidar vinegar

It's important for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar. African Americans, in particular, have a 77 percent higher risk of diabetes than non-Hispanic white Americans. A healthy diet consisting of whole grains, lean beef, fish, low-fat yogurt and skim milk is important. But, don't sabotage a good diet by drinking the wrong liquids!

Monday, January 9, 2017

These 10 U.S. Cities Have the Highest Rates of HIV -- Nine of Them are in the South!

African American patient with HIV

African Americans have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. Close to half of all new HIV diagnoses are among African Americans.

Monday, January 2, 2017

African Americans and Deadly Diabetes -- 6 Symptoms That Should Never Be Ignored!

African American woman with diabetes

More than 29 million people in the U.S., or 9.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. African Americans have some of the highest incidence rates for diabetes, along with more complications from the disease. Diabetes is treatable, but it is important to recognize the symptoms early.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Race and Risk -- The Truth About African Americans Dying From High Blood Pressure and Strokes

African American man with high blood pressure

High blood pressure is a health risk for anyone. It can lead to stroke by damaging and weakening your brain's blood vessels, causing them to narrow, rupture or leak, and can also cause blood clots to form in the arteries leading to your brain, blocking blood flow and potentially causing a stroke. But even small increases in blood pressure are especially risky for African Americans.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Truth About Chronic Constipation -- and What You Can Do About It!

Man with chronic constipation

Normal bowel movements are different among people, but constipation is considered a health issue. Constipation is when bowel movements are infrequent or difficult to pass. It's considered a health issue because it has been linked to other, more serious health problems.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Black Women Should Beware of These 5 Symptoms -- They Could Be Signs of HIV

Black woman with doctor

An estimated 1.2 million people in the U.S. were living with HIV at the end of 2013, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Although African Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, in 2015 they had 45 percent of all new HIV diagnoses.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Real Reason Why Black Babies Die Twice As Often As White Babies

Black mother with baby

The Centers For Disease Control reports that African-American women and their babies are at a higher risk for pregnancy and birth complications, including pre-mature birth. Premature delivery is the most frequent cause of death among babies, and among black babies, the rate is 2.4 times higher than among white babies. A recent study shows why.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

California's First African American Doctor is Still Practicing at Age 93!

Dr. James Hutchinson, California's first Black doctor

Dr. James Hutchinson has been practicing medicine as a family doctor in San Mateo, California for more than 60 years. In fact, he was California’s first African American doctor. He remembers exactly how it was publicized in the local newspaper: “Negro MD Gets a Permit.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

Study Confirms This Nutrient Can Give Black Women Higher Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Black woman getting Vitamin D from sunlight

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women. Although breast cancer occurs more among white women, the mortality rate is 39 percent higher in African Americans than in whites. Recent studies have shown that taking this can increase breast cancer survival.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Researchers Say Eating Like This Can Starve Cancer Cells Out of Your Body

African American man eating ketogenic diet

Eating healthy is necessary for overall health, and even to lose weight. Those are good things. But did you know that certain eating habits can actually provide additional benefits, like starving cancer cells out of your body?

Friday, November 11, 2016

African American Men Are 70% More Likely to Get This Disease!

African American chronic liver disease patient

This disease not only afflicts African-American men far greater than white men, but it was also the 8th leading cause of death among black men in 2013. Even black women are 1.4 times more likely to die from this disease than white women. It's called chronic liver disease.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What Really Causes Migraines?

Black woman with migraine

Migraines are not just ordinary headaches. They are headaches that involve severe pain in the head, sometimes lasting hours or even days. They are often accompanied by nausea and vomiting and are completely debilitating, sending patients straight to bed. These are the types of headaches that affect 38 million men, women and children in the U.S. and 1 billion people worldwide. What causes migraines?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Former Rapper Writes and Releases New Cookbook -- While in Prison!

Former rapper Albert “Prodigy” Johnson of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep was sentenced to prison in 2007 for illegally possessing a firearm. Since then, he has been making good use of his time there by writing his own cookbook entitled Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Researchers Accidentally Uncover Silent Cause of Depression

African American woman depressed

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is a leading cause of disability. One study, however, discovered a very important root cause for depression. Apparently, the problem is chronic inflammation.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Are Breast Cancer Deaths Declining Among Black Women? Yes, and Here's Why!

Black women with breast cancer

Although Black women have a higher rate of getting breast cancer before age 45 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age, a study from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that breast cancer deaths for this demographic are finally going down.
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