‘Soul Food’ Kills

By Lesley J. Ansley OK, that’s a little dramatic. Nonetheless, my alma mater has delivered, on a scarlet-and-gray platter, the latest nail in the coffin of African-American eating habits. (Emphases and edits, mine): Researchers looking for differences in eating habits of African Americans based on whether or not they had Type 2 diabet

2 Your Health: Skin Cancer Does Not Discriminate

By Carolyn Murray 68,000. That's the number of new skin cancer cases the American Cancer Society estimated for last year. The majority of which stem from overexposure to dangerous rays from the sun. Yet, there are still many who are skeptical about sunscreen. Just walking through the park people will tell you, "No, I don

African American Children More Susceptible to Smoke Than Caucasian Children

By Eric Fleming "African American children suffer from higher rates of tobacco-related disorders, such as asthma, sudden-infant death syndrome, and low birth weight, and we need to know why," said lead author Stephen Wilson MD, from the University of Cincinnati. "So our goal is to understand how certain populations-particul

African American, Latino Children Drink More Sugary Fruit Juice Than Their White Peers

By Juliana Bunin on May 31, 2013 on healthcanal.com The study was the first to compare trends of sugar-sweetened beverages and 100 percent juice consumption in California. “The decrease in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among kids is a promising public health trend,” said Amy Beck, MD, MPH, lead author and pediatri

African Americans Combat A ‘Stigma’

By Suezette Parmley Debra Jackson tried desperately to get the words out yesterday. "My son was . . . my son was . . . murdered recently," the 49-year-old Harrisburg woman said, weeping and gasping for air. "I am still grieving." Those who stood behind Jackson to take their turn at the microphone during the Breaking the

African Americans Not Taking Care of Their Eyes

By Derrick L. Artis, O.D., M.B.A. Like many diseases, vision problems disproportionately affect African-Americans. Glaucoma, a condition where the fluid pressure inside the eye is too high, is one of the leading causes of blindness for Americans. However, glaucoma is five times more common in African-Americans than Caucasians and four ti

African-American Food Pyramid Seeks To Change Habits

By Naeesa Aziz, November 9, 2011 in bet.com It is well known that food choices are at the heart of many health concerns, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, that disproportionately affect African-Americans. Now, a nonprofit food and nutrition organization, Oldways, has adapted the concept of the food pyramid for African-Ameri

AIDS at 25

By Leslie Fulbright When AIDS emerged 25 years ago, it was branded a gay white man's disease. Millions of dollars poured into research and prevention efforts have reduced the number of diagnoses and deaths in the United States over the years. But that success hasn't touched African Americans, many of whom have remained reluctan