Education

Serve and Return – Building Your Baby’s Brain

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Science has shown that healthy brain development depends upon ongoing conversations and interactions between an adult and a child. This process of “serve and return,” where an infant “serves” through gestures, cries or coos, and an adult “returns” by acknowledging and responding in a positive manner, is critical for building neural connections and language development. […read more]

VOA staff: Dorothea Harris, Valorie Jones, Dr. Kevin Brown, Zamzam Ahmed and Monisha Washington
Community

South Side celebrates neighborhood pride, healthy aging

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — South Minneapolis’ unofficial annual community reunion kicked off Saturday, September 1 with an afternoon of family, free food and fun at Phelps Park. The ninth annual Southside Back in the Day Community Celebration was an old (and new) school jam of residents from Phelps, King, Bryant and Central neighborhoods showing off their Southside pride. […read more]

Black History

PRESS ROOM: Pfizer and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Collaborate to Raise Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and Need for Improved Patient Care

Media Contacts: Steven Danehy 212-733-1538 Steven.Danehy@pfizer.com Claudette Perry 212-588-8764 Ext. 2 cperry@nnpa.org Collaboration Aims to Educate on the Importance of Clinical Trials in Developing Potential New Sickle Cell Disease Therapies NEW YORK, NY, March 24, 2017 – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and the National Newspaper Publishers Read More

Health

Mini-Strokes May Lead to PTSD, Study Finds

(HealthDay News) — A mini-stroke may not cause lasting physical damage, but it could increase your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small, new study suggests. Almost one-third of patients who suffered a mini-stroke — known as atransient ischemic attack (TIA) — developed symptoms of Read More

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Is Healthy Obesity a Myth?

[WebMD] WEDNESDAY, April 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Can someone be obese and healthy? A new study and several experts say no. An obese person who has normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol and normal blood sugar levels is still at risk for heart disease, Korean researchers report in the April 30 online edition Read More

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New Cholesterol Drug Guidelines: Q&A

[WebMD} Nov. 14, 2013 — The question of the day is: Should I be on a statin? New guidelines released Tuesday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology change the standards for who should be taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs. As doctors follow the Read More

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Doctors are told to get serious about obesity

MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Next time you go for a checkup, don’t be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight. The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians Read More

Health

Report links antibiotics at farms to human deaths

[SF GATE] The Centers for Disease Control on Monday confirmed a link between routine use of antibiotics in livestock and growing bacterial resistance that is killing at least 23,000 people a year. The report is the first by the government to estimate how many people die annually of Read More

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Rice Diet centre shuts down after 70 years pioneering best foods to fix diabetes, hypertension

[GLOBAL NEWS]   DURHAM, N.C. – Before Atkins, South Beach and Paleo, there was the Rice Diet. Shelley Winters, Lorne Green and Buddy Hackett – all big-name entertainers of their day – made the pilgrimage to take part in the residential weight-loss program that started Read More

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Obamacare blitz: Can US persuade young ‘invincibles’ to buy health coverage?

[THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR] In Oregon, folk singers croon about the state’s health insurance exchange in artsy television ads. Connecticut is passing out “Get covered” sunscreen at the beach, and a Colorado poster features a young man with a “winner” medal, fists pumped, and the slogan Read More

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Study: Hospital infections cost $9.8 billion a year

[CBS NEWS] Americans could save billions of dollars in health care costs each year if hospitals did a better job of curbing preventable infections, according to a new study. Research released today by JAMA Internal Medicine found that infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost Read More

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Study shows African-American women less likely to receive HPV vaccine

[VACCINE NEWS DAILY]   Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine released a study on August 27 that showed African-American women are less likely to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine than white women. The study looked at African-American and white women with access Read More

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Program may help black women avoid weight gain

[REUTERS] A program including self-monitoring, gym access and occasional counseling calls helped black women maintain their weight in a new study. Black women who are overweight or slightly obese are known to have a lower risk of weight-related health problems than white women at the Read More

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Fewer school districts promoting junk food, soda

[THE TAMPA TRIBUNE] There’s been a big shift in how many school districts take money from soda companies and ban junk food from vending machines, health officials say. A government survey found 44 percent of school districts banned junk food from vending machines last year, Read More

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3 Tips For A Tastier, Lower-Fat Smoothie

Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Defender There is a huge difference between a fruit smoothie you blend up at home and the concoctions you can get at your local retail shop. Yes, smoothies are loaded with fruit, and fruit is healthy. They can Read More