Health

  • Black Women Endure Menopause Longest, Study Shows

    Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour.   She even wakes up in the night with so much perspiration that she looks like she just left working out at a gym, she said. “Hot flashes are very annoying,” said Finney, a married mother of two who declined ...

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  • Blacks Dying for Lack of Black Help

    Bi’ja Thatch sat nervously beside her mother when her doctor entered through the doors of her hospital room a little over a year ago bearing troubling news. Thatch was diagnosed with a rare, cancer-like disease that causes cells to destroy and damage each other. Thatch’s only chance of survival ...

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  • Living with Heart Sarcoidosis

    Many fans of the late comedian Bernie Mac recognize sarcoidosis as the inflammatory disease of the lungs that took his life.  Believed to be caused by a bacterial or viral infection that produces restrictive granules or nodules, sarcoidosis travels from one organ to others, destroying tissue ...

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  • Prevention and Treatment of Heart Sarcoidosis

    Cardiac sarcoidosis affects the heart in five to 25 percent of all sarcoidosis cases, prompting a range of symptoms from none at all to an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, leg swelling or, in rare cases, chest pain. Because all these symptoms are indicative of many different ...

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  • We Must All Play a Role in Ending Childhood Obesity

    We all want our kids and grandkids to grow up happier and healthier than we did. Instead, today’s children are the first generation of young Americans to face the prospect of living their entire lives in poorer health and dying younger than previous generations. The reason is no mystery. Too ...

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  • Does Your Child Have a Safe Place to Play?

    Children living in low income or predominantly minority neighborhoods are less likely to have clean, safe, and attractive places to play. That puts them at a higher risk for obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This infographic from Active Living Research, a program ...

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  • Congenital Heart Defects Top the List

    While congenital heart defects are common, particularly among African Americans, awareness of its causes, treatments, and efforts of prevention, remain relatively low. Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, February 7 – 14, offers an opportunity to raise awareness of both the nation’s ...

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