Johns Hopkins University will name building in honor of Henrietta Lacks

  Her cells led to the development of the Salk Vaccine that cured polio and supported research into leukemia and AIDS By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A new building scheduled for groundbreaking in 2020 at Johns Hopkins University’s East Baltimore campus will be named in honor of the late Henrietta Lacks, who unknowingly was the source the “HeLa” cell, an[Read More…]

David slays Goliath

And it gives Monsanto’s owner, Bayer Aspirin, a major headache after being ordered to pay $289.2 million By Frederick H. Lowe BlacksmansStreet.Today Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a former groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District, in the San Francisco Bay Area, was experiencing severe skin irritation from spraying Ranger Pro, a generic version of Roundup. The product is a weed killer[Read More…]

Cure Sought for the Soaring Cost of Insulin

By Frederick H. Lowe U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Elijah Cummings have asked the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the rise  in the price of insulin to treat diabetes. In a letter dated November 3 to U.S. Attorney General Loretta  Lynch  and FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez,  Sanders, (I., Vt.) and Cummings (D., Md.) asked[Read More…]


  Doctor speculates:  O. J.  Simpson maybe suffering from CTE Forensic neurologist Bennett Omalu, MD, the first person to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of deceased football players, said he strongly believes that O. J. Simpson suffers from CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head and repeated concussions, that makes sufferers volatile[Read More…]

Pill could deliver insulin without the pain

Posted by Sonia Fernandez University of California Santa Barbara Researchers are developing an insulin pill that could soon offer a pain-free blood sugar management option to people with diabetes. “With diabetes, there’s a tremendous need for oral delivery,” says Samir Mitragotri, professor in the chemical engineering department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who specializes in targeted drug delivery. “People take[Read More…]

President Obama declares emergency in Michigan

  By Frederick H. Lowe President Barack Obama has declared an emergency exists in Michigan because of high levels of lead found in Flint’s drinking water that can cause permanent physical damage to the city’s residents. President Obama’s action on Friday authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts to alleviate hardships[Read More…]

New rules mean more kidney transplants for blacks, Hispanics

  Posted by Lauren Nelson Johns Hopkins University New rules for allocating donor kidneys have led to more transplants for blacks and Hispanics, whose access to donor organs had been held artificially low under an earlier eligibility formula. A recent study also identified other “winners and losers” under the new system:  Younger adults gained more access to needed organs, compared[Read More…]

Low vitamin D linked to aggressive prostate cancer

  by Erin White A vitamin D deficiency may increase the chance of developing aggressive forms of prostate cancer for some men who are at high risk for the disease. Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer cases among black men and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among African American men, according to the American Cancer Society. “Vitamin[Read More…]

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