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New Research Suggests Blacks Have Predisposition to Alcoholism

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As the nation kicks off Alcohol Awareness Month, new research has come to light. It suggests that in addition to the stigma associated with alcoholism, African Americans suffer from a genetic predisposition to greater negative effects of alcohol consumption. Tamika...

Awareness Key to Preventing Alcoholism

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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...

Living Sicker, Dying Younger: Building a Culture of Health

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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...

Chandelis Duster’s Battle with Endometriosis

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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...

Endometriosis: More than Just Painful Cycles

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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...

The Root Causes of Unhealthy Communities

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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...

Anytime Smoothie

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Whether you vowed to lose the weight – for the very last time, get your dream job, or harder yet, rear perfect, angelic geniuses – this year you’ll need energy to achieve all of your heart’s desires (and promises)...

Local Eye Doctor Encourages Regular Testing to Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and the leading cause of blindness in adults 20 to 74 years of age.  So why do so few African Americans know they are at risk for developing it and...

Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic retinopathy and macular edema can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam that includes: a visual acuity test, a dilated eye exam, the use of a tonometry -- an instrument that measures the pressure inside the eye. With...

I Had a Heart Attack

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Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I was dumbfounded. When? Where? How much damage was done? Why didn’t I know...

Take Being ‘Heart Healthy’ to Heart

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As springtime blossoms into longer and warmer days, it’s the perfect time to tweak or add some heart healthy behaviors to your daily routine. The fact that the American Heart Association (AHA) ranks heart disease and stroke as the...

“My Sister’s Keeper” Launched at Howard University & Spelman College

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Black Women’s Health Imperative, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit has launched the first chapter of the “My Sister’s Keeper” initiative at Howard University and Spelman College. The program is intended to provide information on a variety of topics including sexual violence,...

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