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Smoking Rates No Longer Falling Among Young Blacks

blackhealthmaters.com Smoking rates among young black folks, once showing promising declines, have stalled. Researchers place the blame for this lack of forward progress squarely on the aggressive marketing efforts done by the tobacco industry. Before 1982, smoking rates were dropping among black high school seniors, but progress has stagnated. In 1982, the rate was 8.7 percent; it was 9 percent in 2014. “T ...

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Gospel Singer Tasha Cobbs Says Black Church Can Help With Depression

Tasha Cobbs’ journey to award-winning and chart-topping success as a gospel singer has come with both praise and self-discovery. The 34-year-old has publicly shared her personal testimonial battling depression through the years, and is dedicated to inspiring others dealing with the same issue. After years of masking her sadness and self-neglect, Cobbs says she decided to seek professional help in 2010 prior ...

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How race, economics affect treatment of adult sickle cell anemia

by Erin Marcus, The Root When Janoi Burgess was a child, he thought doctor appointments were fun. “I used to love it because they had a section where you could play games,” said Burgess, who was born with sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder. “They were really nice and friendly.” But when he turned 21, the South Florida resident could no longer go to his pediatric specialist. Instead, he “bounced ...

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Flu Season is Lasting Longer Than Usual

By Ernst Lamothe Jr., ahchealthenews.com Unfortunately, budding trees and blooming plants aren’t the only things spreading like crazy this spring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 40 states, including Illinois, are having widespread flu activity. Once thought to peak in February, flu-like symptoms are making a rare late-March appearance this year. “Flu activity is still going up ...

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5 Health Benefits of Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, it’s not about the destination, but the journey. Obesity research shows that there are noticeable physical and mental health benefits of weight loss after shedding as little as 5% of your weight. Dieters often embark on a harrowing quest to shed every excess pound in order to improve their physical appearance, energy levels, and confidence. Others strive to achieve an ideal wei ...

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5 Healthy Habits to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

To many Americans, weight loss remains a pie-in-the-sky desired outcome to a laborious process that is never undertaken. However, these healthy habits can not only help weight come off but can also keep weight off!  To many Americans, weight loss remains a pie-in-the-sky desired outcome to a laborious process that is never undertaken. According to a Gallup poll, 51% of American adults want to lose weight, b ...

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African Americans Twice as Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

5.3 Million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease; it is the 6th leading cause of death in America (with over half a million people living with Alzheimer’s in our state of Florida). African Americans are twice as likely as white Americans to develop the disease, but less likely to seek a diagnosis.(Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Facts and Figures Report, 18) Delays in diagnosis mean that many people living ...

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Governor Signs Syringe Exchange Act to Assist in AIDS Fight

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed the IDEA Act ("Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act"), after it passed the Florida House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support this week. Florida leads the nation in new HIV cases, while Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward are #1 and #2 in the nation, respectively, for the rate of new HIV infections per 100,000 residents. The new law will create a pil ...

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Study Warns of Looming Mental Health Crisis for Black College Students

Researchers have noted anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and "John Henryism."  The additional mental burdens black college students face can take a toll on their health, according to a new study. By Lauren Camera As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs an affirmative action case that's sparked controversial debate over whether African-American students can succeed at elite universities, a new study shows th ...

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Black Female Obesity Rate Shoots Up T0 57%

By Krystal Franklin While society has made us think the thicker the better, one study is showing that black women and obesity rates are no laughing matter. ABC News reports: Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government resear ...

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