“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson wants a discussion of mental health in the black community to have a leading role

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, a new organization that has a goal of breaking the silence and prompting discussion of pervasive mental illness in the black community, will hold a conference and benefit dinner June 7th through June 9th at the Grand Hyatt Washington in  Washington, D. C. The foundation is named in honor[Read More…]

Trump Administration Secures Historic Donation of Billions of Dollars in HIV Prevention Drugs

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II  announced this week that, as a result of discussions between the Trump Administration and Gilead Sciences, Inc., the pharmaceutical company has agreed to donate pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years.   PrEP is used to reduce the risk of HIV infection[Read More…]

April’s unemployment rate for black men was 6.8 percent, higher than the same month a year earlier

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Non-farm businesses added 263,000 jobs in April, and the nation’s jobless rate declined, but the unemployment rate for black men 20 and older was higher compared to the same month a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. April’s jobless rate for black men was 6.8 percent compared to 6.1 percent in[Read More…]

Stroke, which killed film director John Singleton, is a leading cause of death and disability, among black men

African-American men are at greater risk of having a stroke than any other group of men in the United States. Compared to white men, they are twice as likely to have a stroke, have strokes at younger ages, die from stroke, or have a stroke-related disability that affects their daily activities. These facts sound alarming, but there is some good[Read More…]

Opinion: Instead of just calling the police, we also should call a mental health professional

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today There have been a lot of newspaper and television stories about Emmanuel Aranda throwing a five-year-old boy over a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Media outlets reported the story as if it’s only straight news that will attract a large reading and viewing audience. It is, and it isn’t. Posting a[Read More…]

Opioid Misuse Sending More Older Adults to Emergency Departments, Study Finds

Emergency department (ED) visits by people age 65 and older who were identified with opioid misuse and dependence more than tripled between 2006 and 2014, according to new research published by researchers at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. The study also discovered that opioid misuse was associated with an increased number of chronic conditions, greater injury risk, and higher rates[Read More…]

Meeting the challenge of engaging men in HIV prevention and treatment

A new commentary from National Institutes of Health scientists asserts that engaging men in HIV prevention and care is essential to the goal of ending the HIV pandemic. The article by Adeola Adeyeye, M.D., M.P.A., and David Burns, M.D., M.P.H., of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Michael Stirratt, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Mental[Read More…]

Climate change will cause more cases of asthma and suffering for blacks

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Blacks and other non-whites living in the United States should prepare for more heat-related deaths and an increase in the severity and frequency of allergic diseases, including asthma and hay fever, because of climate change according to a comprehensive report published by the Washington, D.C. -based U.S. Global Change Research Program. “Populations including older[Read More…]

Cigarette smoking drops to an all time low, but the use of all tobacco products remains high among African Americans

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today An estimated 14 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes every day or some parts of the day during 2017, which is lowest rate ever recorded since 1965.the first year the Public Health Services established a clearing house for  smoking and health. In 1964, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General issued its first ever report[Read More…]

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