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…]

Mark Jordan Muscles His Way to a New World Record in Pull-Ups

Mark Jordan, a 54-year-old man who is a representative for health and wellness company, pulled himself up by his muscles to a new world record in pull-ups, completing 4,321 repetitions in 24 hours. Jordan, of Corpus Christi, Texas, set a Guinness World Record for pull-ups, a body-weight exercise, besting the old record by 111 pull-ups. He began the race for[Read More…]

When Chicago Closed a Mental Health Clinic that Helped Black Men, a Newspaper Founded by a Patient also Folded

This story is the first of a series of articles concerning mental health and black men   By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO —- When the City of Chicago closed the Woodlawn Adult Health Center in 2012, the Woodlawn Connection, a monthly newspaper founded by a client, folded after publishing 93 issues. “I wanted to publish 100 issues,” David Nero-Mailey, a[Read More…]

Dr. Ben Carson Finishes with 7% in a Republican Presidential Preference Poll

By Frederick H. Lowe Ben Carson, M.D., finished with 7% of the vote in a 2016 Republican in a nationwide presidential preference poll released last week by Quinnipac University. Dr. Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, an author and a political conservative, finished behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Walker received 18%[Read More…]

African Americans Who Think Often About Race Suffer from High Blood Pressure

By Frederick H. Lowe African Americans who are hyper-vigilant about racial matters are more likely to suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure, according a study published by Johns Hopkins University. The study titled, “Association of Race Consciousness with the Patient–Physician Relationship, Medication Adherence, and Blood Pressure in Urban Primary Care Patients, was published in the American Journal of Hypertension.[Read More…]

Walking Fights Obesity

For big problems, like obesity in America, solutions can come in small steps like the “walking school bus.” Walking to school has always been good exercise for kids but now it’s not as safe as it once was. Parents throughout the United States are discovering if they lead walks to school and pick up kids along the way, walking to[Read More…]

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