“There are 30 million Americans with type 2 diabetes and 84 million with prediabetes. There are 324 million people in this country, so that's half the population right there,” said Viola Davis who joined forces with the pharmaceutical company Merck to narrate “A Touch of Sugar,” which also depicts how the disease affects all communities (Photo: violadavis.net)
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Viola Davis Reveals Diabetes Diagnosis and Campaign to Raise Awareness

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Growing up, we just said they had ‘the sugar’ which didn’t sound that concerning. But, when you look at the facts, there’s nothing harmless about diabetes – it’s a chronic disease that needs to be taken seriously if we’re going to get it under control,” said Viola Davis. […read more]

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Photo: From L-R: Angela Marshall, Chair, Board of Directors, BWHI, Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO, BWHI, Virginia Harris, President, NCBW, Seretha Tinsley, 1st Vice President of Programs, NCBW, Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes, and Mia Keeys, Health Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL)/Courtesy of The Black Women’s Health Imperative
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Black Women’s Health Imperative Announces Strategic Partnership

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our strategic partnerships with progressive and powerful organizations like the National Coalition of 100 Black Women are vital to achieving our mission because they provide the amplification needed to reach more Black women with life-saving information and resources,” said Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO, The Black Women’s Health Imperative. […read more]

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Aspirin’s Risks May Outweigh Benefits: Report

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Heart disease experts assert in a new report that taking a daily dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks may not be as productive as previously believed. The report, from the American College of Cardiology, states that aspirin “should be used infrequently” for the purpose of preventing cardiovascular disease “because of lack of net benefit” for most adults. […read more]

A committed community can achieve food security so that all children have all the delicious, nutritious food they can eat. (Photo by: Guardian of Nigeria)
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Food insecurity increases in the Bayview

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — We all need access to healthy food. Food insecurity, not knowing where your next meal will come from, contributes to multiple risk factors: low birth weight babies and childhood learning difficulties; and hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions in adults. […read more]

Dr. Anisa Shomo is the Director of Family Medicine Scholars at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a health columnist for the NNPA.
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African American Heart Health Is Vital

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Generally, heart disease is considered a man’s disease, but more Black and White women die of heart disease than all cancers combined. About 610,000 men and women die of heart disease each year and it accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in both genders. Coronary Heart Disease is the most common type and accounts for over half of these deaths. Coronary heart disease increases the risk for heart attacks and over 700,000 Americans have heart attacks each year. […read more]

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Living with Heart Sarcoidosis

by Shantella Y. Sherman Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Many fans of the late comedian Bernie Mac recognize sarcoidosis as the inflammatory disease of the lungs that took his life.  Believed to be caused by a bacterial or viral infection that produces Read More

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3 Factors Detrimental to Obesity-Related Heart Disease

[FoodProductDesign.com] BOSTON—High blood pressure, serum cholesterol and blood glucose explain approximately 50% of the increased risk of heart disease and three-quarters of the increased risk of stroke among overweight or obese individuals, according to a new study published in the journal The Lancet. Researchers at Harvard Read More

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GlaxoSmithKline Drug Fails in Late-Stage Study

TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer A potential GlaxoSmithKline heart disease treatment acquired in a key company takeover fell short in a big, late-stage study. The British drugmaker said Tuesday that the treatment, darapladib, failed to produce a statistically significant reduction in major cardiovascular events like Read More

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Vegetarians ‘Cut Heart Risk by 32%’

[BBC] Ditching meat and fish in favour of a vegetarian diet can have a dramatic effect on the health of your heart, research suggests. A study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland showed vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment Read More

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Nobel Laureate Speaks at Statewide Social Business Plan Competition

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE Contact: Teri Sumbry Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing 334-724-4552 334-339-1928 tsumbry@mytu.tuskegee.edu TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 21, 2013) – College students from around the State of Alabama gathered at the Tuskegee University to offer their solutions to some of the area’s Read More