Health

How Medicaid helps black women

By Dawn Godbolt, Ph.D. Medicaid is absolutely essential for minority women and their families. Minority women are underpaid in comparison to other groups, lack access to care through private insurers, and have worse birth outcomes than their White counterparts. Given that women of color face greater barriers to coverage than most groups, Medicaid is indispensable in providing access to treatment[Read More…]

Medicaid provides health coverage for 28 percent of black adults and 57 percent of black children

  By Dawn Godbolt, Ph.D. Center for Global Policy Solutions Medicaid plays a significant role in providing health care to communities of color and reducing health disparities. People of color tend to be covered by Medicaid at a higher rate than Whites, often because they face structural disadvantages, which result in less access to private health insurance. Examples of these[Read More…]

Baby teeth link autism and heavy metals, NIH study suggests

  Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers studied twins to control genetic influences and focus on[Read More…]

High blood pressure linked to racial segregation in neighborhoods

WASHINGTON–The findings, reported in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, offer further evidence that policies to reduce residential racial segregation may have meaningful health benefits, especially for African-Americans, who suffer the highest rates of hypertension of any group in the United States. Residential segregation, the separation of groups into different neighborhoods by race, has long been identified as a[Read More…]

Is soda making your brain age faster?

            BOSTON–New research suggests that excess sugar—especially the fructose in sugary drinks—might damage your brain. Researchers using data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus—an area of the brain important for learning[Read More…]

Real Men Cook Cooks Up a New Recipe for Black Men and For Its Father’s Day Event Honoring Them

CHICAGO — Black men are nearly always depicted as criminals, affecting the way we think about ourselves as men, husbands, boyfriends, brothers, uncles and fathers. We’re shown carrying guns not books. We’re followed in stores because workers there assume we have come to steal not to buy. Women tightly clutch their purses in fear because they believe our chief aim[Read More…]

Millions Awarded to Study New Approaches to Food Allergies

WASHINGTON–The National Institutes of Health intends to award $42.7 million to the Consortium of Food Allergy Research to evaluate new approaches to food allergies, a growing problem among black children. The funds will be awarded over seven years to CoFar so scientists can develop immunotherapy approaches to treat food allergies, conditions in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a[Read More…]

Charlie Murphy Dies from Leukemia at 57

NEW YORK–Comedian Charlie Murphy died Wednesday of leukemia, the seventh-leading cause of cancer deaths among black men, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2016, leukemia,  a group of cancers that usually begin in the bone marrow and result in high numbers of abnormal white blood cells, represented 3% or 1,110 cancers deaths among black men behind lung and bronchus[Read More…]

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