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Monday, February 19, 2018

Research Claims That Strongly Identifying With Your Race Can Have a Negative Impact on Your Mental Health

Black man covering his ears

New research claims that feeling deeply valued by one's own sexual, ethnic, or racial minority group could actually have a negative impact on one's psychological health.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Research Confirms That Low Income Black and Hispanic College Graduates Have Higher Health Risks

Poor college graduates

A recent study has found that disadvantaged minorities who graduated college in the United States are more likely to develop health risks compared to those graduates who are white and even to other minorities that came from advantaged backgrounds.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Study Confirms Black Women Are 3-4 Times More Likely to Die During Pregnancy

Black pregnant woman

The death of a woman during pregnancy or after delivery is indeed a tragedy for a family. Unfortunately, more and more pregnant women in the United States die each year due to pregnancy or delivery complications, and black women are more likely to be a victim than white women.

Monday, January 22, 2018

More Black Infants Die in This State Than Any Other — and Here’s Why!

Black baby and mom

In Wisconsin, more African-American babies die before turning 1-year old than in any other state in the United States, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monday, January 8, 2018

What Every Black Woman Should Know About Hair Loss and Fibroids

African American woman with long hair

A recent study shows that black women with a relatively similar type of hair loss may also be at a high risk of developing fibroids.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Scientists Have Linked Early Onset Menstruation With Depression, Especially Among African American Girls

Young black girl with depression

Recent studies show that African-American girls are at greater risk for depression at an earlier age and depression can last longer into adulthood. How? The studies show a strong link between African-American girls, who start menstruating earlier than white girls, and the onset of depression.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Don't Kid Yourself -- Your Genes Are Only Partly to Blame for Obesity

Don't Kid Yourself -- Your Genes Are Only Partly to Blame for Obesity
Is it true that a person's genes can be responsible for their gaining weight? Yes, but only partly, according to a professor with the University of Exeter Medical School in England. Lifestyle choices account for the rest. How?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Queen Latifah Tells Black Women How to Protect Their Hearts

Queen Latifah Tells Black Women How to Protect Their Hearts
Every year thousands of people die from Heart failure (HF). Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and television producer Queen Latifah knows firsthand the importance of de-stressing, eating healthy, and taking care of yourself, and she has a few words for black women on how to protect their hearts from HF.

Friday, December 22, 2017

5 Good Reasons Why Diets Don't Work

5 Good Reasons Why Diets Don't Work
If you're one of those who have tried diets, maybe lost some weight, but gained it all back, you are not alone. Up to two thirds of all people who diet gain back more weight than they lost. There are very good reasons why diets don't work. Here are just 5.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

10 Things You Can Do to Burn 300 Calories in Less Than One Hour

10 Things You Can Do to Burn 300 Calories in Less Than One Hour
You can't get away from the role exercise plays in losing weight. But that doesn't mean exercise has to be boring. There are many forms of exercise that are fun and also lead to burning extra calories. Here are 10 fun things to do that will also burn 300 calories in less than one hour.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Study Shows That Depression Among Poor Black Teens Is Different Than Other Teens

New Study Shows That Depression Among Poor Black Teens Is Different Than Other Teens
Depression is not just an adult disease. About 20 percent of all teens experience depression before they reach adulthood. But a recent study showed that low-income black teens have depression symptoms that are different than those described by white teens. This can put them at greater risk for suicide because their symptoms may be overlooked and, therefore, untreated.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Despite What You've Heard, Birth Control Still Increases Breast Cancer Risk -- Especially For Black Women

Birth control

After all the years that women have been on birth control, the risk of breast cancer linked to birth control remains high. This is a particular concern among black women younger than 40 who already have higher rates of breast cancer compared to white women, according to the Susan G. Komen Center. They also have more occurrences of triple negative breast cancer than women of other ethnicities.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

For the First Time in Years, HIV Diagnoses Among Black Women Are Decreasing

HIV Among Black Women is Decreasing

For the first time in years, the U.S. Centers For Disease Control reports that HIV diagnoses among black women has decreased. It has decreased by 24 percent among black women, and 20 percent among all women, between 2010 and 2014.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

This 10-Year Old Girl Hung Herself After Being Bullied -- Bullying Has to Stop!

This 10 Year Old Girl Hung Herself After Being Bullied -- Bullying Has to Stop!

Ashawnty Davis, a fifth-grader at Sunrise Elementary in Aurora, Co., was only 10 years old when she took her own life. After getting into a fight with another girl at school whom it is believed was bullying her, Davis discovered that someone had taken a video of the fight and then posted in on a social media site. She was devastated. Two weeks later, she took her own life.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Research Shows Air Pollution As Major Cause for Pre-Mature Births Among Black Women

Research Shows Air Pollution As Major Cause for Pre-Mature Births Among Black Women
According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, pre-term births is the most common reason for black babies dying over 2.4 times the rate of white babies. The CDC has also discovered why; air pollution has been determined to be a major cause.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Woman Loses 105 Pounds With "No Pills, No Surgeries, No Crazy Diets, No Shortcuts"

Olivia Patrice

Olivia Patrice lost almost half her entire body weight (105 pounds) without using any crazy diets, pills or surgeries. She did it the hard way -- by eating healthy and exercising. And it worked!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Why Black Women Are Suddenly Dying From Pregnancy and Childbirth -- At Alarming Rates

Why Black Women Are Suddenly Dying From Pregnancy and Childbirth - At Alarming Rates
Women are dying now more than ever from childbirth and pregnancy, and the risk is even higher for black women. Yes, right here in the United States. In New York City, for example, black women are 12 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white women. Some are calling it a crisis. What is happening?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Fingerprint Test Can Tell If a Person is Using Cocaine (and Other Drugs Too!)

Fingerprint technology that detects cocaine

Researchers at a company called Intelligent Fingerprinting have developed a new fingerprint technology that can confirm within seconds if someone has used cocaine. The system works by analyzing fingerprint sweat, and the technique is 99% effective.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

New Digital Pill Can Tell If You've Taken Your Meds

New Digital Pill Can Tell If You've Taken Your Meds
A new digital pill has just been approved by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. It allows medical professionals to keep mental illness patients on their treatment.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Here's What Really Cuts Black Lives Short!

Black man at doctor's appointment

The American Heart Association just released new information that explains why black people do not live as long as white people. Their life expectancy is 3 years shorter than for white people. Why? A recent study showed that higher rates of heart disease and stroke may be a major reason why.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Yes, Children Can Get Arthritis!

Yes, Children Can Get Arthritis!
Most people view arthritis as an old person's disease. Would you be surprised to know that children can get arthritis, too? It's called chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and it affects more than 300,000 American children, according to experts.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Confirmed: Black Lives Matter, But Not as Much as White Lives!

Black lives matter

While homicide is the leading cause of premature death among blacks, it is the 12th leading cause among whites. Yet, there is very little research devoted to black homicides, causing many to conclude that black lives matter but not as much as white lives.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Two Reasons Why Breast Cancer is More Lethal for Blacks Than Whites

Two Reasons Why Breast Cancer is More Lethal for Blacks Than Whites
Breast cancer death rates were 41 percent higher among black women than among white women in the United States, according to research from 2014. Recent research, however, now explains why, identifying two primary reasons why breast cancer is more lethal for blacks than whites.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

What African Americans Need to Know About Sarcoidosis -- And Why

What African Americans Need to Know About Sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in different parts of your body — most commonly the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. African Americans need to know about this disease because Sarcoidosis occurs more often in African-Americans than in Caucasians, and African-Americans may experience more severe symptoms.

Mother Facing Jail For Not Vaccinating Her Son

Mother Facing Jail For Not Vaccinating Her Son
A Michigan mother was sentenced to 7 days in jail for refusing to vaccinate her son. Many wonder how this could happen -- isn't vaccination of children a choice? Not necessarily.

Black Medical Student Invents New Surgical Technique -- At the Age of 14!

Black Medical Student Invents New Surgical Technique

Tony Hansberry II is considered a young medical genius. In 2009, at the age of 14, he invented a new technique that will reduce surgery time, pain and complications for women who have hysterectomies. Hansberry was a freshman at the Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, at the time.

African American Women Have the Highest Risk of Triple Negative Breast Cancer

African American Women Have the Highest Risk of Triple Negative Breast Cancer
One in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. But African American women have the highest risk for triple negative breast cancer. This is a more aggressive form of breast cancer that can easily spread to other parts of the body.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Michelle Obama Wants More African Americans to Talk About Mental Health

Michelle Obama

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization. Around 450 million people currently suffer from mental disorders. Unfortunately, stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorder. African-Americans in particular have a stigma that often keeps them from talking about mental health.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Study Shows That Gargling Listerine is Effective in Killing Certain STDs


A study has shown that Listerine Cool Mint and Total Care are effective in killing certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the mouth and throat. Although the study revealed information that came as news to researchers, the manufacturers of Listerine say they have known this since 1879.

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?
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