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Pfizer Seeking Blacks to Participate in Sickle Cell Clinical Trials

By Joan H. Allen (NNPA News Wire Contributor) June 19, 2016 marks World Sickle Cell Day.  In a desire to help create a greater awareness of sickle cell disease (SCD) and increase their efforts to find a cure, Pfizer invited members of the Black Press to meet and discuss with key members of their rare disease medical and management staff the state of (SCD) and their search for a cure. It is estimated that si ...

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Invisible Man: Black Men & PTSD

By Daunte Henderson, BlackDoctor.org Black men have an unbelievable weight on their shoulders. The stress comes in every direction on a daily basis. The impact of walking down the street in your own neighborhood can be a traumatic experience in itself. You don’t know who to trust. You would love to trust your brother who shares the same pigment, but he’s bound by that same fear that has you tiptoeing on egg ...

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Singer Monica Wants Millennials to Know These Blood Pressure Numbers

By M. Brooks, blackdoctor.org Monica’s music careers spans more than 20 years, she’s sold over 30 million albums worldwide, with seven albums and a Grammy under her belt. As impressive as those numbers are, the Grammy-winning R&B singer takes pride in knowing a more surprising set of figures:  her blood pressure numbers. And she wants millennials to do the same. “Millennials are young, passionate and co ...

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FSCJ to Offer Free Health Education and Screenings to Jacksonville Community

The Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) North Campus invites faculty, staff, students and the community to visit the 2016 Health Literacy Fair to enjoy no-cost health and wellness related activities. There is something for everyone, including exercise sessions, health screenings and health education and training. The event is filled with motivating exercise opportunities. It kicks off with a well ...

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5 Oral Dental Symptoms You Should NOT Ignore

By Dr. P. Gould, blackdoctor.org Is it a loose tooth? Maybe a bump in your mouth that has been there for awhile. Here are the parts of your mouth that may not hurt, but they do need to looked at. Dry Mouth Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a very common oral condition, especially as you age. There are also more than 425 medications that include dry mouth as a side effect. But dry mouth can be related to issues b ...

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Sickle Cell Association Continues Fight and Education with Annual Banquet

A celebration of support for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Northeast Florida Chapter was held this weekend at St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Nearly two hundred friends and well-wishers of families with Sickle Cell Anemia gathered to honor those who work to make the organization a community success. President Ben Greene, whose daughter’s heroic struggle with Sickle Cell adorns the scholarship name, “warned ...

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Studies Show that Black Men More Likely to Get Prostate Cancer, But Early Detection is Key

by Reggie Fullwood We all know someone who has survived prostate cancer, and we all know folks who did not. Unfortunately for African Americans, we probably know more people who didn’t survive because they found out too late. Early detection is critical to any cancer, however prostate cancer is considered “one of the more treatable cancers” if detected early enough. Studies now show that black men are 60 pe ...

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90-day program may help eliminate fibroids

By Gemma Greene, blackdoctor.org Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. Sometimes, these tumors become quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. In other cases, they cause no signs or symptoms at all. The growths are typically benign (noncancerous). The cause of fibroids is unknown. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 70 to 80 perce ...

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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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