The Minority/ Black Health Blog  

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Real Reason Why More Blacks and Other Minorities Have (and Die From) Asthma

Black child with asthma

According to The Asthma Center, thousands of people die of asthma each year in the United States. However, the risk of death among African-Americans is three times greater than that of whites in America.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Depression, Alcohol Abuse, and Other Bad Choices That Nearly Killed Her

Mary J. Blige

Superstar Mary J. Blige appears to have it all together. She is a singer, songwriter, model, record producer and actress who started her career in music by singing background on Uptown Records in 1989. Many, however, do not know about are her struggles with depression, alcohol abuse and cocaine which she attributes to a bad experience as a child.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

They Tried For 10 Years, and Then Finally Gave Birth to 6 Babies -- Now The Kids Are Grown Up... and Famous!

McGhee family of six children

Mia and Rozonno McGhee from Columbus, Ohio, are the proud parents of six children - all born at the same time! After trying for 10 years, the couple finally gave birth to sextuplets, four boys and two girls. But that was 7 years, and many, many reality show episodes ago.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

5 Simple Solutions For Dark Elbows, Knees and Knuckles

Dark Knees and Knuckles
Black skin is beautiful, but many Black women don't like to have unusually darker skin around the elbows, knees and even the underarms. This common problem among African Americans is called Hyperpigmentation. Pigmentation means coloring. Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin. Increased melanin in the elbows and knees will make the skin darker.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Are Freckles and Moles the Same Thing? -- Why It's Important to Know the Difference

Black woman with freckles and moles

Judy Garland (the Wizard of Oz) had red hair and freckles, and Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, Madonna, Prince, Eva Mendes and Elizabeth Taylor all are known for their facial beauty marks. Then there is the mole. Are they all the same thing?

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Number One Cause of Death in America -- Especially for African Americans!

Black man suffering from heart attack

It's official; the number one cause of death in America is heart disease. Most Americans are at risk, and it's not just an age-related disease. At any age, the heart can be damaged by tobacco smoke, a poor diet, diabetes, lack of exercises and other factors.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Meet the Jamaican Woman Who is the Oldest Person in the World at Age 117 -- And Her 97-Year Old Son!

Violet Mosses Brown, oldest person in the world

Violet Mosses Brown from Jamaica eats whatever she wants. It seems to have worked well for her because she is now the oldest living human in the world and has no major illnesses.

Monday, August 7, 2017

African Genes in Black People Make Their Immune Systems Stronger, But There's a Downside!

Strong Black man with African genes

Recent medical research has revealed an important fact about immune systems among black Americans. Lab studies showed that black Americans have a stronger immune system than other races. This means they have a better ability to fight off infections than others.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Other Races Can Survive 2-3 Heart Attacks, But Here's Why Black People Often Die From the First

African American woman having a heart attack

When it comes to heart attacks, it is best to prevent them in the first place. But it is especially important for blacks because studies show that black men and women have a greater risk of dying from the first heart attack than white people, who can survive 2-3 heart attacks.

Monday, July 24, 2017

More Black Lives Can Be Saved From This Serious Health Problem... If Only We Followed These 7 Simple Steps!

Black man in hospital with high blood pressure

The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that 45 percent of Black men and 46 percent of Black women have high blood pressure, and are more likely to die from this serious health condition than their white counterparts. Uncontrolled high blood pressure often damages arteries and leads to heart disease and stroke.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This Triggers Kidney Disease in African Americans (But Doesn't for Other Races!)

Man with kidney disease

Recent research shows that kidney disease is another disease that discriminates. Black Americans carry a gene that puts them at increased risk for kidney disease, according to a recent study in Chicago. Half of those carrying the gene don't know they have it.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Supersizing Urban America -- Black Neighborhoods Continue to Be Targeted by Fast Food Chains, and It's the Government's Fault!

African Americans at fast food restaurant

African Americans are 1.5 times more likely to be obese than white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  Yet thanks to the U.S. government, neighborhoods where mostly African Americans live continue to be targeted for expansion of fast food chains, creating more unhealthy eating habits.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Yes, Diabetes Discriminates! Why Black Patients Should Be More Concerned Than Whites

Black patient with diabetes

The sad truth is that diseases do not affect all people the same way, and diabetes is one that discriminates. African Americans have higher blood sugar levels than whites with diabetes. Like it or not, this fact is something that black diabetes patients need to be concerned about.

Monday, June 26, 2017

If Black Men Don't Do This Earlier Than White Men, They Are More Likely to Die

Man with prostate cancer

According to the NIH's U.S. National Library of Medicine, Black men have a higher risk of developing -- and dying from -- prostate cancer compared to white men, and some researchers believe that this merits race-based screening guidelines.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Black Women Who Drink 7 or More Alcoholic Beverages Per Week Have an Increased Risk of Developing This Disease

African American women drinking

New research shows that African-American women who drink seven or more alcoholic beverages per week have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Their risk increases to 33 percent if they drink 14 or more alcoholic beverages per week.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Popular "African American Disease" Can Actually Be Reversed

Black woman with diabetes being examined by a doctor

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Because of its prevalence among African-Americans, some sources are starting to refer to it as the "African American Disease". But this disease, although potentially deadly, can be reversed!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Yes, Living in a Racially Segregated Area Can Increase Your Blood Pressure

Black woman with nurse

A recent study reported in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine offered proof that segregated neighborhoods can affect health. The study focused on blood pressure among African-Americans, who suffer the highest rates of hypertension of any group in the United States. The results explained that living in a racially segregated neighborhood can actually increase blood pressure.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

90's Rapper Chubb Rock is Fighting For Black People's Health

Chubb Rock

Chubb Rock (born Richard Simpson) is a NYC-based rapper who released several hip hop hit albums in the early 1990's. But lately this rapper is focusing on a bigger concern, amnd that is Black health. Why? Because obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other chronic illnesses continue to be major health concerns in the black community.

Black People and Cancer -- Where You Were Born Can Increase (or Decrease) Your Risk

African American man with cancer with doctor

A new study on cancer among African Americans revealed that where African Americans were born makes a big difference in their risk for cancer. The new research showed that blacks born in Africa often have much higher rates of infection-related cancers and blood cancers than blacks born in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Woman From Mississippi Loses 230 Pounds By Simply Doing This!

Theresa S. Thames

Theresa S. Thames from Southern Mississippi weighed 280 pounds by the time she was 14 years old. By the time she was 33, she weighed 447 pounds. Yet she was able to lose 230 pounds by starting one simple routine. Walking.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Black People and Flu Shots -- Why Many Are Saying "No Way!"

Black woman rejecting flu shot

Public campaigns circulate heavily before and during the flu season, reminding people to get their annual flu shots. Yet, more than half of all adult Americans do not get them. Black Americans are even more likely than white Americans to avoid getting their flu shots. But why?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

More Black Children Developing Diabetes -- Three Ways Parents Can Help Stop This Epidemic

Black child with diabetes

Obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes are diseases normally associated with adults. But the truth is that obesity among children has doubled in the past 20 years. Researchers predict that children today will be the first generation in 100 years who may not outlive their parents if this trend continues.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From NFL To Neurosurgeon: Former Football Player Will Soon Be a Doctor

Myron Rolle, former NFL player and soon-to-be doctor

When Myron Rolle started his football career in the NFL, sports was not his ultimate goal. He has always wanted to be a doctor, and now he has his chance. Rolle has been chosen for a neurosurgery residency at Harvard. He is excited about spending the next 7 years learning to be a doctor.

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.
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