Health

  • Lupus Disproportionately Affects Black Women

    Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic and often debilitating autoimmune disease that impacts more than 1.5 million Americans.  Characterized by intense fatigue, exhaustion, joint pain, and memory problems, lupus is three times more common among the Black female populations than ...

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  • Living with Lupus

    Diagnosing lupus is especially tricky; however, physicians are working toward streamlining the criteria for diagnosis that include looking for signs of inflammation. A physician may also evaluate current symptoms, laboratory test results, and medical history. And while no single laboratory test ...

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  • Teens, Loss, and Grief

    For thousands of youth living in the D.C. metropolitan area the threat of violence creates constant fear. From random assaults and homicides positioned in the news media as commonplace, to the often-used refrain that victims were “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” a growing ...

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  • Tips for Helping Youth Manage Grief

    Awa Jangha, an art therapist and pastoral counselor with Art and Spirit Counseling in Northeast, D.C., offers the following suggestions to parents and neighbors of youth experiencing grief. Using a holistic approach to therapy, Art and Spirit utilizes art media and faith to assist families ...

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  • AHA Report: Poor Blacks Face Higher Risk of Heart Disease

    Nearly half of all African American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, and they are twice as likely as Whites to have a stroke, according to a report from the American Heart Association. The researchers used data from the Jackson Heart Study, which included more than 5,000 African ...

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  • Managing SCD Crises

    Physicians across the nation agree that while Sickle Cell Disease cannot be prevented, there are some factors that can be controlled to ward off crises.  Among them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention count these to be among the most effective. Drink Plenty of Fluids.  Sickle cell ...

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  • Suicide Among Black Children On The Rise

    The suicide rate among Black children has doubled within the last two decades, while the suicide rates among White children has decreased, according to a new report. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, examined the suicides of children from the ages of 5-11 from 1993 to 2012 ...

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