The Minority/ Black Health Blog  

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?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Why and How People Are Getting Puppy Poop Infections

African American child holding puppy

Puppies are oh so cute, but recently these cute little canines are sending people in 12 states to the hospital. Why? Puppy poop is contaminating people with the potentially deadly Campylobacter bacteria infection that has affected 55 people across 12 states.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Black Men Can Greatly Reduce Their Risk for Prostate Cancer By Doing This One Simple Thing

Black man with prostate cancer

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), African-American men are nearly 1.6 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men and 2.4 times more likely than white men to die from the disease. The risk, however, can be greatly reduced by doing this one simple thing: get enough sleep.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Perms, Chemical Relaxers and Other Reasons Why Black Women Suffer the Most From Uterine Fibroids

Black woman suffering from uterine fibroids

Black women are three times more likely to have fibroids and tumors, according to recent research. The cause is believed to be linked to perms and chemicals relaxers.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Even Oprah Had to Fight Depression -- Find Out How She Did It


Many people have the misconception that depression is a white man's disease. It is not. Black people also suffer from depression but are more reluctant to talk about it or seek help. Even billionaire Oprah Winfrey had to overcome depression, and her being famous was not a cure!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Study Confirms What Most Black Women Already Knew About Lupus

Jokiva Rivers, Black woman with lupus
Jokiva Rivers, a lupus fighter, model and activist
Studies show that lupus disproportionately affects minority women, especially black women. The disease is most prevalent in black women, followed by Hispanic, Asian, and white women.

Monday, September 25, 2017

How President Trump is Killing Obamacare

Obamacare Vs. Trumpcare

Since Republicans were unable to repeal Obama's Affordable Care Act, Americans can expect substantially larger healthcare premiums in 2018, according to a recent report. The report, released by the Congressional Budget Office, suggests that President Trump is slowing kill Obamacare with policies like withholding subsidies that were meant to help low-income citizens pay for their insurance.

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.
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