Milk producer Dean Foods files for bankruptcy

Black men have been urged not to drink milk because many are lactose intolerant   Dean Foods, America’s largest milk producer, has filed for bankruptcy due in part to a continuing drop in the consumption of white milk. Black men have been urged not to drink milk because many are lactose intolerant, which means their bodies cannot properly digest milk.[Read More…]


Website and an App help blacks find doctors, dentists and mental health professionals who look like them

Black men have better health outcomes when their physician is also African American By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Black health practitioners are employing the Internet to assist African Americans in finding physicians, dentists and therapists who look like them. recently relaunched its website and Black Therapy Love launched an App to assist African Americans in finding black mental health[Read More…]

Johnson & Johnson recalls Baby Powder because it contains asbestos

Baby powder is heavily used by black women   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Major retailers have and are pulling 22-ounce bottles of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, a product heavily used by black women, off store shelves after the company said the product may contain asbestos, which causes cancer. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. announced that it recalled[Read More…]

UCLA opens institute to study kindness

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   I was walking down Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue when a woman who was ahead of me unknowingly dropped her wallet when it fell out of her shallow jacket pocket. I yelled “lady in blue coat, you dropped your wallet.” I picked it up off the sidewalk. A woman tapped her on the shoulder, telling[Read More…]

Mental health becomes part of New Jersey’s public school curriculum

  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation requiring the Garden State’s public schools to provide mental health instruction to students beginning in kindergarten through the 12th grade. “We are striving to do all that we can to improve health and wellness for our students,” Governor Murphy said. “By ensuring that children in grades K through 12 learn about[Read More…]

Newark distributes bottled water to a specific neighborhood because of high lead content in tap water

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Newark, N. J. Mayor Ras Baraka announced the city had begun distribution of bottled water to a certain neighborhood because of elevated lead levels in the drinking water caused by corrosive lead pipes. The bottled water distribution is similar to what had occurred in Flint, Michigan, another American city with a large African-American population.[Read More…]

Diets Rich in Blueberries Yield Diverse Benefits

By Todd Kluss A collection of new studies in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences further quantifies how blueberry consumption can contribute to healthy aging. “Since the 1990s, research on the health benefits of blueberries has grown exponentially,” wrote guest editor Donald K. Ingram, PhD, FGSA, in an opening editorial. “Studies have documented that this[Read More…]

San Francisco pushes for free universal mental health care

Homelessness affects the mental health of everyone especially African Americans who represent 40 percent of the nation’s homeless By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a member of the California General Assembly have announced a ballot initiative to provide free universal mental health and substance abuse care to city residents, including[Read More…]

Candidate for Bobby Rush’s congressional seat in Chicago sees gun violence as a public health issue

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Robert Emmons, who announced his candidacy to unseat U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in Chicago’s 1st Congressional District, said he considers gun violence a public health issue. If elected, Emmons said he would advocate more funding for organizations whose work is proven to curb violence at its root causes, according to one news report. Chicago, particularly[Read More…]

Apply for the Journalists in Aging Fellows Program; Deadline Is July 19

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Journalists in Aging Fellows Program is welcoming applications for its 10th cohort of reporters. The deadline is Friday, July 19. Since its founding in 2010, this program has been responsible for nearly 700 news stories produced by 156 alumni. It has two goals: to educate journalists about issues in aging, better allowing them to[Read More…]