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…]

Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap in Test Scores?

Posted by  Gillian Kiley-Brown A decrease in the average level of lead in a preschooler’s blood reduces the probability of that child being substantially below proficient in reading by the third grade, report researchers. And because poor and minority children are more likely to be exposed to lead, the working paper suggests that lead poisoning may be one of the causes[Read More…]

Kidney Failure Among Black Men Gets Attention

Chicago police superintendent is on a transplant list By Frederick H. Lowe Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson became wobbly and nearly collapsed during a January news conference held in a police precinct. Several  police officers and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also attended the event, rushed to help him. They sat him down and had him drink water. After a[Read More…]

February Is American Heart Month

Black men should know about heart disease, the leading cause of death among us By Frederick H. Lowe Heart health awareness is particularly important for black men because we are at a higher risk of dying or becoming physically disabled from coronary heart disease compared to white men. This is because black men suffer from high rates of diabetes, high-blood[Read More…]

Kanye and Mental Illness

By Glenn Ellis The erratic and confusing (although sometimes amusing) antics of Kanye continue to dominate the entertainment industry.  However, recent developments have started to cast a cloud over how amused or concerned people are about Kanye West and his mental health. Truth be told, people have been speculating about his mental and emotional wellbeing for some time. Let me be[Read More…]

Bowel Movement, Weight Loss, and How They Connect

By Glenn Ellis ( – Bowel movements might not typically come up in adult conversation, but their overall nature provides an indication of how quickly your digestive system is working. If you have diarrhea, for example, during which your bowel movements are runny and frequent, your digested food is moving through your system too quickly. In the case of constipation,[Read More…]

Blacks Will be Hard Hit by ACA Repeal

By Viji Sundaram New America Media, News Report President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to repeal and replace Obamacare is bad news for millions of Americans, but the poor and people of color are going to be hit hardest, say health care advocates. “The winners and losers from repealing Obamacare will depend crucially on the details of whatever replacement plan materializes,” said[Read More…]

How history keeps African Americans out of state parks

  Posted by Nathan Hurst at the University of Missouri Recent studies have shown that visitors to U.S. national and state parks are disproportionately white, with low numbers of ethnic minorities, especially African Americans. A new study identifies several reasons why African Americans choose not to patronize public parks in greater numbers, including a racist history that curtailed African Americans’[Read More…]