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High blood pressure linked to racial segregation in neighborhoods

WASHINGTON–The findings, reported in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, offer further evidence that policies to reduce residential racial segregation may have meaningful health benefits, especially for African-Americans, who suffer the highest rates of hypertension of any group in the United States. Residential segregation, the separation of groups into different neighborhoods by race, has long been identified as a […]

May 15, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Is soda making your brain age faster?

Is soda making your brain age faster?

            BOSTON–New research suggests that excess sugar—especially the fructose in sugary drinks—might damage your brain. Researchers using data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus—an area of the brain important for learning […]

May 8, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Real Men Cook

Real Men Cook Cooks Up a New Recipe for Black Men and For Its Father’s Day Event Honoring Them

CHICAGO — Black men are nearly always depicted as criminals, affecting the way we think about ourselves as men, husbands, boyfriends, brothers, uncles and fathers. We’re shown carrying guns not books. We’re followed in stores because workers there assume we have come to steal not to buy. Women tightly clutch their purses in fear because they believe our chief aim […]

April 27, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Millions Awarded to Study New Approaches to Food Allergies

Millions Awarded to Study New Approaches to Food Allergies

WASHINGTON–The National Institutes of Health intends to award $42.7 million to the Consortium of Food Allergy Research to evaluate new approaches to food allergies, a growing problem among black children. The funds will be awarded over seven years to CoFar so scientists can develop immunotherapy approaches to treat food allergies, conditions in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a […]

April 14, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy Dies from Leukemia at 57

NEW YORK–Comedian Charlie Murphy died Wednesday of leukemia, the seventh-leading cause of cancer deaths among black men, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2016, leukemia,  a group of cancers that usually begin in the bone marrow and result in high numbers of abnormal white blood cells, represented 3% or 1,110 cancers deaths among black men behind lung and bronchus […]

April 13, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Black Cancer Survivors Study is Underway in Detroit

Black Cancer Survivors Study is Underway in Detroit

By Frederick H. Lowe The largest study so far of African- American cancer survivors is now underway in Detroit. The Detroit Research on Cancer Survivors (ROCS) study has launched a $9 million project that will investigate the lives of 5,560 black cancer survivors over the next five years. The study, which is led by the National Cancer Institute, will collect […]

March 8, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap in Test Scores?

Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap in Test Scores?

Posted by  Gillian Kiley-Brown A decrease in the average level of lead in a preschooler’s blood reduces the probability of that child being substantially below proficient in reading by the third grade, report researchers. And because poor and minority children are more likely to be exposed to lead, the working paper suggests that lead poisoning may be one of the causes […]

February 16, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson

Kidney Failure Among Black Men Gets Attention

Chicago police superintendent is on a transplant list By Frederick H. Lowe Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson became wobbly and nearly collapsed during a January news conference held in a police precinct. Several  police officers and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also attended the event, rushed to help him. They sat him down and had him drink water. After a […]

February 5, 2017 · 0 comments ·
February Is American Heart Month

February Is American Heart Month

Black men should know about heart disease, the leading cause of death among us By Frederick H. Lowe Heart health awareness is particularly important for black men because we are at a higher risk of dying or becoming physically disabled from coronary heart disease compared to white men. This is because black men suffer from high rates of diabetes, high-blood […]

February 2, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Kayne West

Kanye and Mental Illness

By Glenn Ellis The erratic and confusing (although sometimes amusing) antics of Kanye continue to dominate the entertainment industry.  However, recent developments have started to cast a cloud over how amused or concerned people are about Kanye West and his mental health. Truth be told, people have been speculating about his mental and emotional wellbeing for some time. Let me be […]

December 29, 2016 · 0 comments ·