Health

  • Catching Zzzzs for Optimum Health

    Most adults have heard the adage: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” but many African Americans continue to burn the midnight oil and often to the detriment of their health.  Neurologists are finding new correlations between a host of chronic conditions – ...

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  • Sleep Repair: Tips to Better Sleep Hygiene

    Pediatric neurologist Raquel Bernier offered AFRO readers a number of ways to improve sleep hygiene in children that transition well into adulthood and ward off chronic illness.  Good sleep hygiene requires a commitment to getting both a consistent number of hours’ rest and maintaining a ...

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  • Four Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

    Through advancements in medical science, children can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases, like polio that once injured or killed millions of children, are no longer common in the U.S. The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases note the ...

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  • The Truth About Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Traumatic events like these experienced in childhood can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development, resulting in long-term negative effects on learning, behavior, and health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is part of a growing network of leaders in research, ...

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  • Awareness Key to Preventing Alcoholism

    Getting drunk occurs when a person drinks more alcohol than the body can break down, leaving the alcohol to circulate throughout the body. Over time, excessive alcohol use, both in the form of heavy drinking or binge drinking, can lead to numerous health problems, chronic diseases, neurological ...

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  • Living Sicker, Dying Younger: Building a Culture of Health

    For too long the United States has misguidedly defined being healthy as not needing to seek health care. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) wants to change that by building a Culture of Health in America. The nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health believes that health ...

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  • Endometriosis: More than Just Painful Cycles

    Cassandra Nivens has experienced painful periods since age 14. To cope with being mostly incapacitated for some time each month, Nivens learned to manage what she believed were normal hormonal shifts, often scheduling time away from school and work around a 28-day cycle. It wasn’t until a ...

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  • Chandelis Duster’s Battle with Endometriosis

    Chandelis Duster, a graduate student at American University, stood before a packed crowd on March 28 at the Holiday Inn near Capitol Hill to share her endometriosis, commonly known as endo, story. “I remember being scared to death and feeling lost because I was told I had a disease that was not ...

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  • The Root Causes of Unhealthy Communities

    Sixty-two percent of Americans say they are very concerned about their health.* It’s unsurprising that those who express the most concern are most vulnerable, underserved, and lacking economic means and educational gains. By contrast, a national poll conducted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ...

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