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ABLE Act Could Help Disabled To Save

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As of 2006, more than 2.4 million African Americans receiving Social Security benefits are disabled, or are the spouses or children of disabled, retired, or deceased workers. A new piece of legislation is poised to help address the rising cost of disability, without jeopardizing existing social service benefits. If enacted, the Achievi ...

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Positive Self Talk

by Valecia Weeks Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Let’s use the photo part of our brain and picture that you are doing your weekly weigh-in and you just know in your mind that you’ve lost a pound or two. Everything that you’ve eaten is on point with your new healthy eating habits. You have been more consistent with your exercise than you usually are, doing your “new you”. You inhale with a ...

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Black Families Becoming More Aware of Autism

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Camille Proctor watched her one year-old son, she knew something wasn’t right. He played with others and enjoyed affection, but he never spoke. He also walked on his toes. His pediatrician assured Proctor that was son was probably just developmentally delayed. At 15 months old, she learned that wasn’t the case – he was officially diagnosed ...

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HEALTH STATUS: Insured and Looking to Develop A Doctor Patient Relationship

By Harvey Potts "Under the Affordable Care Act" "many   individuals    will   enter   into the healthcare system for the first time with insurance coverage. For some  of  you,  it  will  be  your  first time  to  have  insurance  coverage that truly covers your illness or disease.   Others   will  continue   to enjoy  their  health  care  as  usual. In  either  scenario,   many  of  you will begin  the phas ...

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Breast Cancer: A Major Health Concern for Black Women

by Zachary Lester and Maria Adebola Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper When Linda Williams first learned that she had breast cancer, she felt doomed. “Cancer seems always associated with death,” Williams said. “I was feeling defeated, like I had to succumb.” October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. National public service organizations, professional medical associations, and gove ...

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Trailblazing Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic Opens New Facility

Trailblazing Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic Opens New Facility at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Illinois VA Director is among those scheduled to celebrate John Marshall’s newly renovated space in downtown Chicago for its veterans legal assistance program. The veterans free legal clinic at The John Marshall Law School becomes the largest such facility in the U.S., with the inaugural ope ...

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Using Life Insurance to Solve Three Needs

By Linda Moore: Term life insurance may be used to accomplish certain business and personal objectives.  That is what some business owners have done. As an example, let’s say “John” is expanding his practice.  He has constructed a larger office and is bringing a new partner, “William,” on board who is also putting some equity into the business.  The expansion of the business activities, along with the ongoi ...

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Men and Their Fear of Doctors

by Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D. Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American To all of the men who have provided sperm for procreation and to the men who more importantly truly lived up to the definition of the word, dad, I wish to express a hearty Happy Belated Father’s Day. For those men who spent time teaching their children how to ride a bike or drive a car, who provided the midnight feedings so their ...

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U.S. Health Worse Than Nearly All Other Industrialized Countries

WASHINGTON – U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialized countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis on the subject. Of 17 high-income countries looked at by a committee of experts sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the United States is at or near the bottom in at least nine indicators. These include infant mortality, heart and lung disea ...

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HIV / AIDS Take Toll on Black Youth

By Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although Black and Latina youth represent only 35 percent of all U.S. teenagers, they accounted for 84.4 percent of all newly HIV-infected teenagers in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Blacks ages 13 through 24 accounted for more than a quarter of new HIV infections in 2010 in the U.S. Of the newly-infected in ...

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