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Stigma keeps Transgender Women of Color Away from Physicians

  A third are HIV-positive By Marcene Robinson-Buffalo University at Buffalo Discussing sexual history with a doctor can be an uncomfortable experience. But for many transgender people, the conversation never takes place. Social stigma and a lack of affordable health care keep many from pursuing needed health care. “There is evidence that health care providers do tend to be judgmental, and[Read More…]

Segregated Neighborhoods raise Heart Risks if you’re Black

  Health By Nora Dunne Northwestern University African Americans who live in segregated neighborhoods are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease that people who live in integrated ones, new research shows. The opposite is true for white people who reside in predominantly white neighborhoods. There is no association in either direction for people of Hispanic descent. Neighborhood characteristics, social environment, and[Read More…]

New Way to Predict Breast Cancer in African-American Women

    Health It may lead to more black women participating breast-cancer exams By Lisa Chedekel Boston University A new way to predict breast cancer risk may lead to more African-American women taking part in breast cancer prevention trials. Researchers use models to predict risk to determine eligibility for recruitment into prevention trials. The Gail Model, which accurately predicts breast[Read More…]

Black Sociologists to Meet

  They will discuss black life in the age of President Obama The Association of Black Sociologists will hold its 45th annual conference this August in Chicago with a thick catalog of issues that will examine African-American life in the age of President Barack Obama. The conference, scheduled for August 20-22 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, is titled “Race and[Read More…]

Obama’s War on Drug Sentencing

  He says the punishments didn’t fit the crimes By Frederick H. Lowe Saying he wanted to restore fairness at the heart of our justice system, President Barack Obama on Monday commuted prison sentences for 46 men and women who were serving decades, including life behind bars, after being convicted of nonviolent drug crimes. President Obama made the announcement in[Read More…]

Ruling Doesn’t Expand Medicaid

  Medicaid Expansion Deep south states have refused to provide Medicaid Expansion   By Frederick H. Lowe Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the landmark Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, does not affect Medicaid expansion that would provide health-care coverage to the nation’s poorest citizens, many of  whom are African American and live in the Deep South, because an[Read More…]

The Doctor Who Does Your Colonoscopy Matters

  HealthDay News — The doctor performing your colonoscopy makes a difference in whether you’ll develop colon cancer or die from it, a new study finds. Colonoscopy saves lives, and “high quality” colonoscopies save even more, the study authors said. High quality means screening by doctors adept at identifying many precancerous growths (polyps), they said. “The results further suggest that[Read More…]

Mental Health Conference Scheduled

  Southside Together Organizing for Power, STOP, will hold a “Mental Health Empowerment Caucus II” at 1 p.m, June 20 at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago. The meeting will focus on the group’s plan to discuss the future of the Chicago Department of Public Health mental health clinics. For additional information, contact N’Dana Carter at 773[Read More…]

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