Health

  • 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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  • Glaucoma, Cataracts Among Black Women

    For generations, a belief has existed among African Americans that gradual loss of eye sight was both normal and natural.  The culprits in most cases, cataracts and glaucoma, have come to be associated with growing older in the same manner as developing arthritis, though both are largely ...

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  • Prepping for Pregnancy to Avoid Complications

    Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she can manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life.  Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the ...

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  • Study Reveals African Diet Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer

    Consumption of an African diet for only two weeks may reduce the risk of colon cancer, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published in Nature Communications. Researchers selected 20 African Americans in Pittsburgh and 20 rural South Africans to switch diets for two weeks. The ...

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  • Depression, Black Superwoman Syndrome, and Suicide

    She was the founder of For Brown Girls and, later, the #DarkSkinRedLip Project, as well as several online movements celebrating dark-skinned Black women.  By all accounts, she was a spirited, beautiful, trooper who inspired millions of women around the world to embrace their natural, God-given ...

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  • The Paradox of Black Health

    There’s a new gray area in health research. For decades, scholars have looked at disparities through the lens of black and white. Changing demographics and growing immigrant populations are demanding new approaches that explore diversity within racial groups. “The Black population is not ...

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