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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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High Risk Sexual Activity Among Teens Drops Dramatically

By Imani Evans Special to the NNPA News Service from The Dallas Examiner WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new findings that show a “dramatic decline” in risky sexual behavior among Black youth since 1991. The data, which cover 1991 to 2011, was presented by Laura Kann, Ph.D., and Kevin Fenton, M.D. at the recently concluded 2012 International AIDS Conference ...

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Supreme Court Hands Obama a Huge Health Care Victory

By George E. Curry Editor-in-Chief NNPA News Service WASHINGTON (NNPA) – With conservative Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. providing a surprise supporting vote, the United States Supreme Court gave President Barack Obama a major victory Thursday by upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act. In the most watched Supreme Court case since Bush v. Gore in 2000, the justices upheld the ...

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