Cook County Board president wants gun violence treated as a health issue

By Frederick H. Lowe Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County, Il. Board of Commissioners, has endorsed the American Medical Association’s position calling for gun violence to be treated as a health issue, legislation Congress has blocked at the insistence of the National Rifle Association. “Gun violence, the root cause that leads to such violence and the easy availability of[Read More…]


Father’s Day, a day to celebrate prostate cancer survivors

By Frederick H. Lowe Father’s Day is a happy day when African-American churches celebrate black fathers. It is also a day when a growing number of churches acknowledge African-American men who are prostate cancer survivors, which is another reason to celebrate. African-American men suffer from high rates of prostate cancer. Among black men, it is the leading cause of cancer[Read More…]

Muhammad Ali’s death raises more awareness about Parkinson’s disease

By Frederick H. Lowe Muhammad Ali, the late great world heavyweight boxing champion, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, is being praised by some in the medical community for raising public awareness about the debilitating disorder. But there are still unanswered questions about how prevalent disease is in the black community because a complete study that meets scientific research standards has[Read More…]

Kids put on extra pounds during Great Recession

Posted by Stephanie Desmond Johns Hopkins University Increased unemployment during the Great Recession coincided with unhealthy weight gain among California’s 1.7 million public school students, a new study shows. The finding suggests that family economic trouble has long-term health consequences for children. For every percentage point increase in unemployment in their counties between 2008 and 2012, school children had a[Read More…]

Two reasons dementia risk is higher for African Americans

Posted by Andy Henion Michigan State University African Americans face a much higher risk—2.52 times greater—than Caucasian Americans of developing cognitive impairment, including dementia, later in life. A new study uncovers several reasons why. Much of that racial disparity can be explained by childhood disadvantages, such as growing up poor and in the segregated South, and lower socioeconomic status in adulthood, particularly[Read More…]

Blacks will continue to suffer from high rates of visual impairment

As the nation’s Baby Boomers age, African Americans will continue to suffer from the second-highest rate of visual impairment behind white women, the National Eye Institute reported last week. “African Americans are at disproportionately high risk for developing glaucoma, a potentially blinding eye disease that typically causes the loss of peripheral, but not central vision, so people tend to not[Read More…]

HHS acts to help more ex-inmates get Medicaid

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Administration officials moved Thursday to improve low Medicaid enrollment for emerging prisoners, urging states to start signups before release and expanding eligibility to thousands of former inmates in halfway houses near the end of their sentences. Health coverage for ex-inmates “is critical to our goal of reducing recidivism and promoting the public health,” said[Read More…]