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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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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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