Mugabe is no longer a WHO good-will ambassador

By Frederick H. Lowe That was quick Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, had his appointment as goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization rescinded less than a week after it was conferred as a result of international outrage. Dr. Tedros Ahanom, WHO’s director-general, said on Sunday that he was rescinding Mugabe’s appointment, which was made October 19. Zimbabwe’s main opposition[Read More…]

Racial and ethnic disparities show up in NICU care

Posted by Erin Digitale   Stanford University Babies’ racial and ethnic identities influence the quality of medical care they receive in neonatal intensive care units, new research in California suggests. The study examined medical care of more than 18,000 of the state’s smallest babies at 134 California hospitals. “For many of these infants, their time in the NICU sets them[Read More…]

Racial microaggressions may reveal deeper beliefs

Posted by Kim Eckart of the University of Washington Whites who are more likely to make microaggressions against black people are also more likely to hold some degree of negative feelings towards black people as a whole, whether they know it or not, a new study suggests. “Our study results offer validation to people of color when they experience microaggressions.”[Read More…]

Breast cancer death rates are higher among black women

  From 1989 to 2015, deaths from breast cancer, the most common form cancer among U.S. women except for skin cancers, decreased 39 percent but non-Hispanic black women die from breast cancer at a 39 percent higher rate than non-Hispanic white women, the American Cancer Society reported Tuesday. In 2017, the American Cancer Society said there would be approximately 252,710[Read More…]

Prostate cancer summit for black men will be held in Washington

Study: black men receive less aggressive treatment for the disease than white men  By Frederick H. Lowe The 13th annual African-American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit will be held September 21st and 22nd at two locations in Washington, D.C. amid reports that black men receive less aggressive treatment for the disease than white men. “There is currently a prostate cancer crisis[Read More…]

Mechanized underwear fights lower back pain

Posted by Heidi Hall Combining the science of biomechanics and advances in wearable tech, a team of engineers has designed a smart, mechanized undergarment that could help prevent lower back pain. “I’m sick of Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne being the only ones with performance-boosting supersuits.” Well over half of all adults will experience low back pain in their lifetimes,[Read More…]

1 in 12 U.S. doctors got payment from opioid makers

Posted by David Orenstein As public health officials combat the opioid overdose epidemic, in part by reducing unnecessary prescribing, a study shows that drug manufacturers paid more than $46 million to more than 68,000 doctors over a 29-month period. “What we found was astounding…” In a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, Brandon Marshall, associate professor[Read More…]

Congressional Black Caucus concerned about Amazon/ Whole Foods deal

By Frederick H. Lowe Online retailer’s agreement to buy Whole Foods Market, the upscale grocery chain, for $13.4 billion has some members of the Congressional Black Caucus concerned because they fear it could lead to more food deserts in African-American communities. In a July 20 letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the[Read More…]

Experts: Drug policy needs more science, less punishment

Posted by Nathan Collins of Stanford University Drug policy in the United States often goes against the findings of science, instead focusing on cultural attitudes about drug users and addiction, argue neuroscientists and legal scholars. The team says that basing drug policies on scientific information could benefit the fight against widespread opioid addiction and overdoses. “Drug policy has never been based[Read More…]

Barbara Gonzaque Boutte

  Barbara Gonzaque Boutte, widow of the Alvin J. Boutte, CEO of Indecorp, Inc., the holding company for Independence Bank of Chicago, has died. Mr. Boutte also was president of Independence Bank, once the nation’s largest black-owned bank. Mrs. Boutte died July 17 in her Markham, Ill., home from multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. She was 86. Known[Read More…]

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