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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.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Real Reason Behind African Americans With Eating Disorders

African American with eating disorder

Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa (anorexia), bulimia nervosa (bulimia), and binge eating disorder. Anyone can develop eating disorders. It's not just a white person's disease -- African Americans struggle with eating disorders, too. Studies show that eating disorders affect African Americans differently. Why?

Monday, October 17, 2016

FDA Approves "Artificial Pancreas" To Help Manage Diabetes

MiniMed 670G by Medtronic

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. Of these, 5 percent are those with Type 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes is when patients' own pancreas doesn’t make insulin, a hormone needed to turn food into energy. It is usually diagnosed in childhood and can result in dangerously high blood-sugar levels, heart disease and many other health problems. The federal government has just approved an artificial pancreas that may help these patients.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cancer Treatment More Likely to Leave Blacks in Debt -- But Why?

Black patient with cancer

A new study on cancer survivors revealed that black cancer survivors are more likely than whites to accrue debt because of the cost of their cancer treatment, or even worse, forego treatment due to cost.

Monday, October 10, 2016

This Stuff is Worse Than Marijuana, But Doctors Give it Out Like It's Candy

African American taking painkiller

About half of all U.S. states have now legalized the medical use of marijuana, while other states have removed marijuana possession as a criminal offense. The federal government, however, still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which is the category used for addictive and dangerous drugs such as heroin and LSD.

Friday, October 7, 2016

This 60-Year Old Woman Recently Gave Birth To Healthy Twins

Claudette Cook, 60-year old woman who gave birth to twins

The latest figures show that twins account for about 3 in 100 births in the United States. Given the odds, and the fact that Claudette Cook was considered beyond childbearing years, it was the last thing she and her husband expected. To their surprise, she gave birth to twin boys -- at the age of 60.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Rumors are True -- Janet Jackson is Pregnant At 50! -- But Is it Safe For Women to Give Birth at This Age?

Pregnant Janet Jackson

News is travelling fast all around the world about Janet Jackson's pregnancy. Not only is Jackson a famous singer, songwriter, actress and dancer, she is also having her very first child at the age of 50!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Up to 90% of All Types of Cancers Can Be Preventable (or Treatable) If You Do This!


The American Cancer Society reports that each year 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer and 7.6 million people die from the disease. However, most cancer deaths can be prevented and up to one third can be cured if diagnosed and treated early. Although the American Cancer Society states that 30 - 40 percent of cancer deaths can be prevented, some medical experts estimate it can be as high as 90 percent -- if you do this.

Men With Erectile Dysfunction Can Also Have This Problem...

African American man with erectile dysfunction

Three million cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) are diagnosed in men every year in the U.S. Ed is the inability to maintain an erection. The percent of ED is higher among black men than it is for white men, according to The National Institutes of Health. With ED, there is also the risk for a more chronic disease: osteoporosis.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Black Men Already Have a High Risk for Prostate Cancer -- But Even Higher, If This Happens!

Black man with obesity problem

Black men have the highest rate of getting prostate cancer, followed by white, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), and Asian/Pacific Islander, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. Black men are also more likely to die of prostate cancer than any other group. But if this happens, the risk of either increases even more. What is it? Obesity.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Eating This Vegetable Will Maximize It's Cancer-Fighting Potential -- But Only If You Cook it This Way!

African American girl with broccoli

You've probably heard the expression, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." What they are really talking about is eating healthy. Every day. This includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, including broccoli. To reap the most benefits from broccoli, you need to prepare it this way.

Friday, September 9, 2016

4 Reasons Why Experts Say This Amazing Diet Can Help Beat (and Prevent) Cancer

African Americans eating a ketogenic diet

Wouldn't it be great if someone created a diet that would not only help you lose weight, but also keep you healthy and even help prevent cancer? Well, someone has. It's called the ketogenic diet, or the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet.

Friday, September 2, 2016

This Type of Cancer is a Growing Concern in the Black Community

Black teen with leukemia

There are all different types of cancer. Leukemia is one type that involves the production of abnormal white blood cells in bone marrow. There are four different types of the more common forms of leukemia, but one type is increasing concern in the black community.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About Unnecessary Medical Procedures

Pregnant African American woman

For years, an episiotomy was believed to help prevent more extensive vaginal tears during childbirth. An episiotomy is an incision made by the doctor in the tissue between the vaginal opening and the anus. A surgical incision was thought to heal better than a natural tear. It was a routine procedure performed during childbirth. It is now considered unnecessary.

Monday, August 29, 2016

10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting Radiation Therapy

African American patient receiving radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It uses high-energy particles or waves, such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, or protons, to destroy or damage cancer cells. But there are risks!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

3 Reasons Why Black People Are More Likely to Have Disabilities After Age 55

African American senior couple

A recent study showed that black people -- particularly black women -- are more likely than whites to experience disabilities as they grow older. It's a real bummer since Americans in general are living longer, but the study revealed that living longer can present more health disabilities among the black community.

Monday, August 22, 2016

How Trina Braxton Lost 64 Pounds -- She Says This Was The Key Factor!

Trina Braxton weight loss

Losing 64 pounds is no easy task -- even if you are a reality TV star. But Trina Braxton, American singer, actress and reality television personality, and younger sister of R&B singing icon Toni Braxton, did it the old-fashioned way. But she attributes one key factor as the most important role it played in her weight loss.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

5 Black Women That are Making the Biggest Impact on Health and Fitness

Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey

We all know the importance of staying fit, but where can we turn for good health advice? There are lots of people who claim to have good tips, but these 5 black women are by far having the biggest impact when it comes to health, fitness and happiness for others:

Monday, August 15, 2016

3 Reasons Why New Yorkers Live Longer Than Others

New Yorkers

If you live in New York, that's a good thing. Why? People in New York live longer, according to the New York City Department of Health.

Monday, August 8, 2016

When This Happens, Black Women Are at a Much Greater Risk for Heart Disease!

Black woman dealing with menopause

Black women have a greater risk for heart disease than white women. Some of the reasons for this are that more black women are obese, have high blood pressure and diabetes. One additional factor that has changed with recent research, however, is that heart disease among women is also greater before menopause, not after menopause, as was originally believed.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

If Only More African Americans Knew This About Cholesterol and Heart Disease!

Woman talking with doctor about her cholesterol

What is the number one killer of all Americans? Heart disease. But Blacks have a 30 percent greater chance of dying from heart disease than whites. Heart diseases can include anything from coronary heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, chest pain (also called “angina“), and rheumatic heart disease. Here's what you need to know in order to save your life.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Skip the Plastic Surgery -- 4 Ways to Exercise Your Face Muscles to Start Looking Younger

Black woman doing face exercises

Everyone wants to look younger, or at least age gracefully. But not everyone is willing to undergo surgery in order to look younger. If you are one of those people, read on, because there is something you can do to look younger without going under the knife. Forget face lifts -- face yoga is in!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

80% of Strokes Among African Americans Can Be Prevented By Doing This!

African American woman preventing a stroke

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (ruptures). African Americans are affected by strokes more than any other racial group, but there is one important thing they can do to prevent strokes.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What Every Black Woman Needs to Know About Having a Premature Baby

Black mother with her baby

When a baby is born too early -- before the average 38-40 weeks gestation period -- it puts them at risk for serious health problems and death. According to information from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control (CDC), black babies are 2.4 times more likely than white babies to be born prematurely.
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