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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.

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!

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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.
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