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Blacks Still Trail Whites, Latinos in Getting Treated for HIV

By: Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent   The CDC reported that young Black men who have sex with men (MSM) account for more new HIV infections than any other subgroup of MSM. African American women accounted for 64 percent of AIDS diagnoses among all women in 2010, compared with 17 percent of Latino women 15 percent of White women.  Although Black teens represent only 17 percent of the ...

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Soda Companies Pledge to Reduce Calorie Consumption in Beverages by 2025

  Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group have committed to work together to cut the number of calories Americans consume in soda each year.  The proposal, introduced at the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 23, will reduce the number of calories Americans consumed per person in beverages by 20 percent over the next 10 years.Soft Drinks1 According to TheAssociated Press, this initiative stems ...

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Studies Link – Obesity and Cancer

Studies Link - Obesity and Cancer               Sharon Carter does everything that she can to lose weight. After years of overindulging, she said she eats three healthy meals per day, her snacks are healthy and they are few and far in between. Carter regularly walks and sometimes jogs for exercise, and she also encourages Nichelle, her 15-year-old daughter, to eat only in ...

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare’s “Extra Help” program helps people with limited income pay for their prescription medications             Making ends meet should not mean going without your medications. If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Extra Help to pay for some health care and prescription drug costs. Drug costs in 2015 for m ...

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Exchanges Fail to Protect Colon Cancer Patients

By: Jasmine Greenamyer Contributing Writer Colon cancer will claim more than 50,000 American lives this year. One in 20 people will be diagnosed at some point in their lives. Thanks to better screening and new treatments, the death rate from colon cancer has been dropping for more than 20 years. But even the best screening and treatment can’t help those unable to afford health care. The Affordable Care Act ...

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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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