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Social Media Campaign on HIV Testing Geared Towards Youth

Social Media Campaign on HIV Testing Geared Towards Youth     The HIV/AIDS epidemic has long since had a strong impact on the African American community, and over time, its impact has deepened. Several studies show that Black Americans account for more new HIV cases, people living with the disease, and HIV-related deaths than any other racial group in the United States. In an attempt to curb the l ...

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Improve Your Mental Sharpness

Improve Your Mental Sharpness Staying active physically is important as you age. But exercising the brain can also have some important health and disease-prevention benefits. In fact, a 2014 study conducted by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center found that participants who reported playing memory games at least every other day performed better on standard memory tests compared to those who pla ...

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Former Model, B. Smith, Seeks Greater Awareness of Alzheimers Among Minorities

By AJOYA LONG NNPA Columnist   Former Model, B. Smith, Seeks Greater Awareness of Alzheimers Among Minorities     Smith, the first African American woman to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976, is reaching out to minorities who are battling Alzheimer’s disease. The model, born Barbara Smith, revealed her struggle with the disease in a CBS interview last July. Since then, she ...

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Dreaming, Believing in Prostate Cancer Cure

Dreaming, Believing in Prostate Cancer   Cure Robert Ginyard doesn’t have a cure for cancer nor does he have a concrete solution for preventing the dreaded disease. However, the entrepreneur and prostate cancer survivor has been quite successful in providing a crucial tool for those who are recovering from serious illnesses, setbacks and whatever else might be a source of chagrin. “My message is that you re ...

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Space to Grow: Transforming the Community and Environment, one schoolyard at a Time

Space to Grow: Transforming the Community and Environment, one schoolyard at a Time Commissioner Barbara McGowan, Vice President of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago stated “With summer ahead of us and the increasing chance of heavy rainstorms, we urge residents from the community to join us and learn about flood prevention,” said MWRD Vice President Barbara McGowan. “Space to G ...

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Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

Overmedicating Children in Foster Care On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication – more than four times the rate for all children. Nearly half of children living in residential treatment centers or group homes take psychotropic medications. Children in foster care are more likely to be prescribed multiple psychotropic medications at very high ...

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Study Reveals African Diet Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer

Study Reveals African Diet Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer Consumption of an African diet for only two weeks may reduce the risk of colon cancer, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published in Nature Communications. Researchers selected 20 African Americans in Pittsburgh and 20 rural South Africans to switch diets for two weeks. The Americans ate an African diet high in fiber and low in fat with ple ...

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In Health, Income has Greater Impact than Race

In Health, Income has Greater Impact than Race Being poor can have a bigger impact on your health than your race, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute. “Income is a driving force behind the striking health disparities that many minorities experience,” stated a recent report by the Urban Institute, a research group originally founded in 1968 to study the programs associated with the War on Pov ...

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Four Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

Four Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child By Shantella Y. Sherman Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper   Through advancements in medical science, children can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases, like polio that once injured or killed millions of children, are no longer common in the U.S. The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases n ...

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Marketing Unhealthy Foods Unfairly Targets Children

Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly   It’s another David and Goliath story. A small group of South LA parents, alarmed about companies advertising unhealthy foods to their children, has banded together to draw attention to the problem. The parents recently roamed their own neighborhoods, shooting pictures of fast food restaurants, grocery store soda displays and candy at the checkout stand. Virginia Parks, ...

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