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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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“DANCE” Therapy for the Soul

Women in Dance Therapy brought together women from all ages (20 to 88 years of age) Every 7 seconds an act of Domestic Violence occurs, every 2 minutes and act of sexual assault occurs. 1 in 4 teens are or will be victims of Domestic Violence. 7 of 10 adult women are or will be a victim of Domestic Violence. The City of Chicago Police Department along receives over 200,000 calls for service daily, 604 of th ...

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Black Men And Prostate Cancer

By Dianne Anderson Special to the NNPA from the Precinct Reporter Since only Black men are dying from prostate cancer earlier and at twice the rate over every other racial group, medical professionals might as well now throw out what many health officials believe is the best test for detecting prostate cancer in Black men. The debate rages on in the medical community under the recent recommendation that doc ...

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Save Black Men – Get Your PSA

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “With the prevalence of prostate cancer disproportionately affecting our men, we must be vigilant to ensure aggressive testing continues for this most vulnerable population.” — Cedric M. Bright, M.D., president of the National Medical Association Last week, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that healthy men should no longer take a routine ...

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Rae Lewis – Still Fighting Aids at 50

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During the of summer of 1992, Rae Lewis-Thornton, barely 30 years old and at the height of a promising career as a political organizer, decided it was time to tell her closest friends and loved ones that she was dying. At the very top of that list were former presidential candidate and civil rights icon Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline ...

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Let It Go, Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

T. D. Jakes explores what he calls “the art of forgiveness,” in which he goes beyond the typical meaning of the word. Rather,he takes if apart, examines every facet of what it means to forgive and to be forgiven, offers examples as to what may have caused the crisis, and provides solutions on how to work through betrayal and  accept true forgiveness. So why an entire book on the topic of forgiveness? Becaus ...

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Making A Visit To The Doctor Without Leaving Home

By Akeya Dickson Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Sometimes you can’t make it to the doctor. You don’t have a way to get there, you’re bedridden, or you may have simply forgotten. Cueing up a Skype session with your physician might be the most efficacious solution to getting immediate care, avoiding a missed appointment (and $40 co-pay), and to skipping the marathon waiting room sessions and  fl ...

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