Seattle passes business tax to build affordable housing for the homeless

The Jet City has seen its homeless population explode By Frederick H. Lowe Seattle, home to the nation’s third-largest homeless population and two of the world’s best-known and most-profitable companies, has passed an ordinance that will tax large companies to raise $47 million annually for construction of affordable housing for the homeless. The ordinance, passed on Monday by a unanimous[Read More…]

Climate change’s sickening effect on the black community could spark a strong voter turnout

By Hazel Trice Edney ( – More than a million African-Americans live within a half mile of existing natural gas facilities and that number continues to grow. Because of this, many predominately Black communities “face an elevated risk of cancer due to air toxic emissions from natural gas development,” according to a recent report by the NAACP and the Clean[Read More…]

HIV rates remain high in the black community

By Frederick H. Lowe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was Wednesday, February 7th, but if you missed the parade that acknowledged the day, you’re not alone because there wasn’t one.  There were some panel discussions. But discussions concerning HIV have largely gone silent because many of us erroneously believe the disease has been defeated. Although HIV infections and HIV deaths[Read More…]

To fight the opioid epidemic, take drug makers to court ?

Litigation against drug manufacturers that produce and distribute opioids could be a promising option in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis, according to a new article. In the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Rebecca Haffajee of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, along with Michelle Mello of Stanford University, analyze the history of[Read More…]

Drug that prevents HIV infection is little known in the black community where disease rates are the highest

Spreading word  about PrEP   By Anna Challet New America Media News Report A drug that prevents HIV infection has been available for five years. But even in San Francisco, a city where one might expect information about the drug to be easy to come by, only some people have heard of it – and it’s not the communities that[Read More…]

Mugabe is no longer a WHO good-will ambassador

By Frederick H. Lowe That was quick Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, had his appointment as goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization rescinded less than a week after it was conferred as a result of international outrage. Dr. Tedros Ahanom, WHO’s director-general, said on Sunday that he was rescinding Mugabe’s appointment, which was made October 19. Zimbabwe’s main opposition[Read More…]

Racial and ethnic disparities show up in NICU care

Posted by Erin Digitale   Stanford University Babies’ racial and ethnic identities influence the quality of medical care they receive in neonatal intensive care units, new research in California suggests. The study examined medical care of more than 18,000 of the state’s smallest babies at 134 California hospitals. “For many of these infants, their time in the NICU sets them[Read More…]

Racial microaggressions may reveal deeper beliefs

Posted by Kim Eckart of the University of Washington Whites who are more likely to make microaggressions against black people are also more likely to hold some degree of negative feelings towards black people as a whole, whether they know it or not, a new study suggests. “Our study results offer validation to people of color when they experience microaggressions.”[Read More…]

Breast cancer death rates are higher among black women

  From 1989 to 2015, deaths from breast cancer, the most common form cancer among U.S. women except for skin cancers, decreased 39 percent but non-Hispanic black women die from breast cancer at a 39 percent higher rate than non-Hispanic white women, the American Cancer Society reported Tuesday. In 2017, the American Cancer Society said there would be approximately 252,710[Read More…]

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[Read More…]

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