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Prostate cancer summit for black men will be held in Washington
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Prostate cancer summit for black men will be held in Washington

Study: black men receive less aggressive treatment for the disease than white men  By Frederick H. Lowe The 13th annual African-American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit will be held September 21st and 22nd at two locations in Washington, D.C. amid reports that black men receive less aggressive treatment for the disease than white men. “There is currently a prostate cancer crisis […]

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Mechanized underwear fights lower back pain

Posted by Heidi Hall Combining the science of biomechanics and advances in wearable tech, a team of engineers has designed a smart, mechanized undergarment that could help prevent lower back pain. “I’m sick of Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne being the only ones with performance-boosting supersuits.” Well over half of all adults will experience low back pain in their lifetimes, […]

Pharmaceutical companies paid physicians to prescribe opiods
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1 in 12 U.S. doctors got payment from opioid makers

Posted by David Orenstein As public health officials combat the opioid overdose epidemic, in part by reducing unnecessary prescribing, a study shows that drug manufacturers paid more than $46 million to more than 68,000 doctors over a 29-month period. “What we found was astounding…” In a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, Brandon Marshall, associate professor […]

Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus have expressed concern about the merger between Amazon and Whole Foods
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Congressional Black Caucus concerned about Amazon/ Whole Foods deal

By Frederick H. Lowe Online retailer Amazon.com’s agreement to buy Whole Foods Market, the upscale grocery chain, for $13.4 billion has some members of the Congressional Black Caucus concerned because they fear it could lead to more food deserts in African-American communities. In a July 20 letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the […]

Experts: Drug policy needs more science, less punishment
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Experts: Drug policy needs more science, less punishment

Posted by Nathan Collins of Stanford University Drug policy in the United States often goes against the findings of science, instead focusing on cultural attitudes about drug users and addiction, argue neuroscientists and legal scholars. The team says that basing drug policies on scientific information could benefit the fight against widespread opioid addiction and overdoses. “Drug policy has never been based […]

Barbara Gonzaque Boutte
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Barbara Gonzaque Boutte

  Barbara Gonzaque Boutte, widow of the Alvin J. Boutte, CEO of Indecorp, Inc., the holding company for Independence Bank of Chicago, has died. Mr. Boutte also was president of Independence Bank, once the nation’s largest black-owned bank. Mrs. Boutte died July 17 in her Markham, Ill., home from multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. She was 86. Known […]

How Medicaid helps black women
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How Medicaid helps black women

By Dawn Godbolt, Ph.D. Medicaid is absolutely essential for minority women and their families. Minority women are underpaid in comparison to other groups, lack access to care through private insurers, and have worse birth outcomes than their White counterparts. Given that women of color face greater barriers to coverage than most groups, Medicaid is indispensable in providing access to treatment […]

Medicaid provides health coverage for 28 percent of black adults and 57 percent of black children
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Medicaid provides health coverage for 28 percent of black adults and 57 percent of black children

  By Dawn Godbolt, Ph.D. Center for Global Policy Solutions Medicaid plays a significant role in providing health care to communities of color and reducing health disparities. People of color tend to be covered by Medicaid at a higher rate than Whites, often because they face structural disadvantages, which result in less access to private health insurance. Examples of these […]

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Baby teeth link autism and heavy metals, NIH study suggests

  Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers studied twins to control genetic influences and focus on […]