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…]

“Real Deal” Holyfield Gets Real about Prostate Cancer.

  By Frederick H. Lowe Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, wants to help black men knock out prostate cancer. Holyfield, the five-time world heavyweight boxing champion and three—time world cruiser weight champion, has filmed a public service announcement urging black men to get checked regularly for prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among them. The 30-second and 60-second PSA[Read More…]

Blood Pressure Vaccine Shows Promise

  Experimental treatment might benefit people who forget to take meds, researcher says (HealthDay News) — Remembering to take your high blood pressure pills every day can be a burden, especially if you’re juggling a list of other prescriptions. So what if, instead, you could receive a vaccination that would lower your blood pressure for months on end? Such a[Read More…]

Depression Tied to Worse Outcomes for Black Patients with Heart Failure

Treating mental health condition might improve cardiovascular health, expert says By Robert Preidt (HealthDay News) — Depression seems to increase the risk of hospitalization and death in black- heart failure patients, a new study finds. Researchers assessed depression symptoms — such as difficulty with concentration, a lack of energy and feelings of hopelessness or helplessness — in nearly 750 black[Read More…]

Howard University Launches African-American Mental Health Discussion

  By Burney Simpson WASHINGTON—-A one-year effort to change negative attitudes in the black community toward those with mental health problems began at a Howard University forum last week with a kick off of the Stamp Out Stigma campaign. A panel of psychiatrists and researchers agreed that negative attitudes can make it more difficult for African Americans to seek and[Read More…]

‘First, You Cry’: Black Press Columnist Battles for Life After ‘Devastating’ Diagnosis

By Hazel Trice Edney ( — For the past 22 years, Jim Clingman has published his cutting edge “Blackonomics” column in black-owned weekly newspapers around the country. The column mainly pushes for economic justice, which he views as a core necessity for black progress in America. But as this award-winning columnist, author of four books, college professor, entrepreneurship expert, speaker[Read More…]

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