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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Study Says Going to Church Helps African-Americans Lower Their High Blood Pressure

African-American churchgoers

In the past few years, the church has turned out to be effective in promoting health information to African Americans regarding cancer screening, vaccinations, HIV awareness, and weight reduction. Additionally, a recent study found that the church can also help African-American churchgoers manage hypertension.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Here's Why African-American Caregivers Can Better Handle the Job Than Their White Counterparts

African American caregiver with patient

African Americans who are providing care for their loved ones with cancer showed fewer possibilities of distress and depression compared to their white peers. It is possibly caused by stronger social support, according to the study presented at the 11th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Being Close to Too Many Relatives is Linked to High Blood Pressure in African-Americans, Study Says

Black family reunion

African-Americans have significantly higher rates of hypertension than other racial groups, as backed by numerous research. It has been linked to several factors but a recent study concluded an unusual result. The researchers found that having many family members in one's social circle may cause high blood pressure to African-Americans.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Study Confirms That Southern Cooking May Be Killing African-Americans

African American family eating soulfood

According to numerous studies in the past few years, African-Americans continue to have higher rates of early death than their white counterparts. Researchers often find several factors that contribute to that. But a recent long-term study links the rather unhealthy Southern-style diet to more African-Americans suffering from heart disease and dying younger.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Confirmed: Police Brutality Against Unarmed Blacks is Damaging the Community's Mental Health

African American protesting against police brutality

With the increasing rate of unarmed African Americans being killed at the hands of police, the incidents of depression, stress, and other mental health issues have been increasing as well, a study by The Lancet Journal has discovered. The aftermath of such brutality has been found damaging the mental health of many in the Black community -- even those who are not directly related to those who lost their lives.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Campaign Encourages More Black Mothers to Breastfeed Their Babies

Black woman breastfeeding her baby

For a long time now, infant mortality rates among African-Americans are significantly higher against other races. Breastfeeding could have been beneficial to the baby's and the mother's health but there have been disparities surrounding it too. In the recent efforts of the City of Philadelphia to close the racial gap, they used images of Black women breastfeeding to represent the campaign.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Many African-Americans Need Transplants -- But Very Few are Organ Donors!

African American patient needing an organ transplant

Over the years, studies show that a growing number of African-Americans have been in need of an organ transplant. However, not as many are willing to donate their organs, whether living or deceased. The reason: most have been misinformed about organ donation.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Study Confirms That Blacks and Latinos Are More Likely to Suffer From Stress and Depression -- But Here's Why!

African American woman depressed

Almost all research regarding depression in the United States concludes that minorities such as Blacks and Latinos are more likely to experience serious depression. A new study determines the reason for such disparities.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Therapy For Black Girls Platform to Erase Stigma About Mental Health

Therapy For Black Girls to Erase Stigma About Mental Health

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a psychologist from Atlanta, aims to change the way people think about mental health specifically in Black women. She launched the online platform with hopes to eliminate the stigma surrounding seeking help for mental illness within minorities.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Rap Therapy? Hip-Hop Music is Being Used to Treat Depression


Music, in general, has been considered therapeutic by many. Hip-hop, which was developed by African Americans in the 70's, has been particularly used by therapists to treat mental health issues such as depression in the past years.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Most People Avoid Exercising After a Heart Attack, But That is Actually a Mistake

Black woman exercising

No matter what race, heart disease is still the number one cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Many even suffer from it twice. Back then, it was believed that exercise should be avoided after a heart attack. But recent studies show that exercise could actually prevent a heart attack from happening again.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Study Says Black Children, Ages 5 to 12, Are Twice as Likely to Commit Suicide Than White Children of the Same Age Group

Black girl

Suicide is one of the major causes of death in the United States. While the rate of suicide among young children is not that high, it is alarming to know that the suicide rate for Black children is twice as high as the rate of white children for the same age group of 5 to 12.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Research Confirms That Black Heart Failure Patients Are Less Likely to See a Cardiologist

Black heart attack patient with doctor

While it has been established that receiving care mainly from a cardiologist improves the survival rates of heart failure patients, a new study confirms that many Black patients who suffer from heart failure have not actually seen and consulted with a cardiologist.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

4 Things Many Black Parents Are Clueless About Regarding Autism -- New Data Revealed!

Doctor with African American autistic boy

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior, has been challenging children from different races. Many Black parents are unaware that a new study has revealed that although the disorder generally lasts throughout a person's life, early detection can help improve the health outcomes of those with ASD.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Black Woman From Canada Among One of the First Patients to be Cured of Sickle Cell Anemia

Revee Agyepong, a 26-year-old Black woman from Canada, has been the first adult to be cured of sickle cell anemia. Through a stem cell transplant and with the help of her loving sister and the doctors, she became the living proof that it is possible to be healed of sickle cell anemia.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Most African Americans With Hepatitis C Have No Idea That They Are Infected

Hepatitis C is one of today's deadliest diseases. CDC says it is a virus that usually spreads when blood from an infected person enters another person's bloodstream. What's alarming is the number of African Americans who are actually infected but doesn't have any idea they are.

Friday, April 13, 2018

New Yorkers Warned About Synthetic Marijuana Laced With Rat Poison -- Causing Bleeding in Eyes and Noses!

Black person hospitalized after using synthetic marijuana

Hospitals in New York are being alerted about a new form of synthetic marijuana mixed with rat poison. It is believed that the said substance is linked to some cases of uncontrolled bleeding.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Fake Women’s Health Centers Reportedly Target Black Women

Black woman

Fake women's health centers have been recently emerging in different states trying to mislead women and give false information about reproductive health care options. Apparently, these fake health centers are out to get Black women specifically.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Why Black Women in New York City Are 12 Times More Likely to Die From Childbirth

Black Pregnant Mom

The number of deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate, according to statistics. It is said that Black women are more prone than White women, but the risk is even higher for Black women in New York City.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Here’s What Cancer Treatments Do to a Woman’s Fertility

While cancer treatments may eliminate cancer cells effectively, it often causes side effects. Women who undergo cancer treatments may also have fertility issues.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Psychology Test Used to Diagnose Depression May Not Work on Black People

Black mother and child dealing with depression

A new study has discovered that the test generally used to evaluate a person's mental state may not be as accurate in diagnosing depression in black people compared to whites.

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.
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