Affordable Care Act Deadline Approaches

The clock is ticking down toward the March 31 deadline for open enrollment in new insurance plans that are the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, creating an urgency among U.S. consumers, businesses and...

Cigarette Companies Continuing to Target Minors

Despite the detrimental effects of cigarettes on America’s youth, tobacco companies remain intent on growing the next crop of addicted users, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General. The report, “Preventing Tobacco...

Kidney Disease Is Below the Radar 

By BlackHealthMatters.com Nearly half of African Americans have at least one risk factor for kidney disease, but less than 3 percent say they believe kidney disease is a “top health concern,” according to research released...

Healthy Living Depends On Location

By Black Health Matters Did you know that where you live determines how long and how well you’ll live? In news that probably won’t surprise you, folks in the South, regardless of race, and Blacks nationwide...

Morgan Awarded $35 Mil for Research

By AFRO Staff Morgan State University has secured a total of $35 million in new grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s largest public funder of biomedical research. The funding will be...

Study: Mortality Rates for White, Middle-Aged Americans on the Rise

Mortality rates for White middle-aged Americans are on the rise, while mortality rates among middle-aged Blacks remain the same, according to a Princeton University study released last month. Researchers blamed the increase in White mortality...

Setting the Record Straight: 3 Myths of Estate Planning

    By Susan Francis, Special to the AFRO Planning for the end of life is a heavy topic. It is full of emotions, stress and uncertainties. It’s common for our volunteer attorneys to meet with a...

Former Engineer Turned Fitness Trainer Embarks on Charity Walk for Diabetes

Health nuts and gym rats can be quite annoying—critiquing everything you eat, flashing their firm physiques at every opportunity, devouring food you wouldn’t touch even if you were starving—the nerve of them. But Kenneth...

Mother: Caring for Girl Amid Brain-Death Debate ‘Worth It’

By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mother of a girl at the center of a medical and religious debate over brain death said she does not regret moving from California to New...

Report: Black Babies at Higher Risk of Death in Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A new report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is raising concerns about the mortality rate for African-American babies. The report found that the overall infant mortality rate of...

The Glass is Half Empty

Special to the AFRO by Renee Foose There are more than one million miles of drinking water pipes in the U.S. and most are more than 100 years old. Many pipes laid in the early...

Climate Change Can Affect One’s Well-Being

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For most of the nearly 30 years since  Dr. Nicole Brodie’s asthma diagnosis, the athlete and Army veteran has been able to maintain an uninterrupted life, continuing to teach elementary school,...

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