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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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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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