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Ask Dr. Cheryl – Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

By: DR. Cheryl Whitaker Columnist Question: Dr. Cheryl, one of my family members is having a hard time. He used to have a lot of energy and did well at his job. But he began to have mood swings. He would be really happy and then be so sad he couldn’t get out of bed. It’s been so bad that he lost his job, and is now homeless. I saw him recently, and he was talking about seeing things, and hearing voices. I’m ...

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Chicago’s Hip Hop Community Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many survivors, friends and family members of those that have lost the battle with the terrible disease have built a global alliance to educate and to decrease deaths. Few in the Hip Hop community would’ve thought that a young, male artist from their circle would be going through the same ordeal as so many others have suffered. Antwone Muhammad brought ...

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Prostate and Breast Cancers: More Similar Than You’d Think

It’s rare to find the words “prostate cancer” and “breast cancer” in the same sentence. After all, one (prostate cancer) affects only men. The other affects mostly women. But despite their differences, the two diseases actually have a lot in common, particularly in the way those diagnosed with either one evaluate their options and make decisions about treatment. Jim Morning, of Dover, Delaware, got used to ...

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Staying Alive Longer: Medicaid Gets a Facelift

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer     Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, MD, Chairman and CEO of Next Level Health has been awarded the largest African American and Minority owned contract by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to provide care coordination to seniors, persons with disabilities, childless adults and newly insured African American and Hispanic men who now have Medicaid in Coo ...

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A Mother’s Mission: Combating Domestic Violence – Part 2

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer               Struggling on the financial side and seeking assistance; Nova soon realized she was pregnant with their second child-Ava. Although, Loni felt that the support of family would be enough to sustain and help Nova through the hurdles she faced as a single Mom; the decision to approach Curry for child support was necessary. At the ...

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A Mother’s Mission: Combating Domestic Violence

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                                       It was a day that no mother or father ever wants to experience when they receive a call informing them that their child has been murdered. The moment that child enters the world; most parents take on the responsibility of protector, nurturer, p ...

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Ebola Enters America, Continues to Wreak Havoc in Africa

  According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola case fatality rate is around 50 percent, however rates have reached 90 percent in previous outbreaks. The incubation period from time of infection to manifestation of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Typically, the infection is spread via direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes. If one comes into contact with the bodily fluids such as swea ...

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Health Screenings Vital to Black Men

African-Americans More Prone to Prostate Cancer It’s an occurrence that Maryland’s Dr. Sanford Siegel has seen all too often. The longtime physician, president and CEO of Chesapeake Urology Associates, the largest urology practice in the Mid-Atlantic region, said that when he broaches prostate cancer screenings to many African-Americans, most will look away or even pretend that the conversation never occurr ...

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Ebola Virus: A Threat to Humanity

BY HERB BOYD Special to the NNPA FROM THE NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS     The daily death count from Ebola only seems to gain media attention in the West when an American or European is the fatality. Tuesday, a Spanish missionary who contracted the disease while working in West Africa died in a hospital in Madrid. With that lead out of the way, as when two Americans were returned from West Africa last ...

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Practice What You Preach

    BY PRISCILA POWELL STAFF COLUMNIST   As a travel professional, I am always educating my clients on the importance of travel insurance. Travel insurance is a vital part of vacation planning, as it protects your monetary investment in the face of the unknown. If a child becomes ill, a flight is cancelled leaving you in Antigua a few extra days, or you and your boo suddenly split and you sim ...

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