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Parenting:Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is an inherited, neurobiological disorder characterized by repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds called tics. So how do we help as parents? Sponsored by NJCTS

ADHD

Dealing With ADHD

Does your child have trouble focusing or finishing tasks? These are signs of the disorder Is your child in constant motion? Does he or she...

8 Concentration Killers

Learn what interrupts your focus and how to manage distractions All of us have trouble focusing sometimes. Here are eight of the most common concentration...

New Screening Tool for ADHD

Experts say that a new FDA-approved screening tool for ADHD might lead to more accurate diagnoses of children ages 6 to 17 and help...

Diagnosed With ADHD

It was the headline of the week: Rates of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children are skyrocketing. This data, from a Centers for Disease...

Allergies

Alzheimer’s

New Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Common Among Older People Who Had COVID-19

A recent study showed that over 6 million people 65 and older with COVID-19 had a higher risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease within the year....

10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

While there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease, knowing one's risk can help with early detection and treatment which may lead to a better quality...

Cancer

Hematologist Oncologist Myra Rose: What African Americans Should Know About Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Dr. Myra Rose is a hematology oncologist based in Atlanta who has been in practice for over 40 years. She chatted with Black Health...

Living With Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a form of cancer with many different subtypes, which may be treated differently.  Thankfully, treatments for all types continue to improve,...

Why African Americans Should Discuss Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Black people are less likely than White people to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but studies such as this one show that they have poorer outcomes....

FDA Announces Nationwide Ban On Juul Vaping Products

Earlier today, the FDA announced that it is banning the sale of Juul e-cigarettes in the U.S. Currently, Juul intends to seek a stay on the decision...

COPD

COPD Is on the Rise

Breathing is a challenge for people living with this serious lung disease More than 12 million people in this country have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

All About COPD

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that make up COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung...

Coronavirus

Depression

Push 3 For Joy! New Hotline Offers Pep Talk From Elementary Students

Depression and anxiety have skyrocketed over the last few years. Between the pandemic, inflation, etc., we all could use encouraging pep talks now and...

Depression and Loneliness Speeds Up The Process of Aging

Research shows that being depressed or lonely can speed up the aging process faster than smoking or certain diseases. An individual's "biological age" is...

Routine Anxiety Screenings Recommended for Adults Under 65

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggested routine anxiety and depression screenings for adults over the rise of mental health concerns. The agency recommends that adults under 65...

Signs Of Vitamin D Deficiency

Did you know four out of ten people in the U.S. have a Vitamin D deficiency? Not to mention it is surprisingly an overlooked deficiency....

Diabetes

Famous Black Celebs With Kidney Disease and How They Manage Their Health

When Black-ish star Anthony Anderson was diagnosed with diabetes in 2002, he was blindsided, but knew he had to take charge of his health. After...

California Governor Announces Plans For State To Produce Its Own Low-Cost Insulin

Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans for California to produce its own low-cost insulin. This is Newsom's latest effort to make the drug financially accessible for people...

Eye Health

Why You Should Wear Sunglasses Year Round

Sunglasses make you stylish, but that's not the main reason to wear them. They are important when you consider your eye health. For years we've...

What’s Your Glaucoma Risk?

Glaucoma is caused when your eyes can’t maintain an appropriate balance between the amount of internal fluid produced by the eye and the amount...

Your Eye Exam Is Open Now

We’ve been hunkered down for a while, and for many that’s meant delaying routine visits at the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control...

Watch Out for These 5 Summer Eye Dangers

You protect your skin from sunburn and your body from injury, so why not your eyes? During summertime activities, one specialist has simple advice: Protect...

What Your Eyes Say About Your Health

An eye doctor can tell a lot about the rest of your body with one simple exam Your eyes can tell you a lot about...

Low Vision Cases Rise, But There’s Help

As the last of the baby-boom generation approaches the age of 65, the number of cases of visual impairment and blindness is projected to...

HATTR Amyloidosis

My hATTR Amyloidosis Story: A Diagnosis Leads to Advocacy

Jean Williams, 65, has been seeing the same primary care physician for years. Perhaps this familiarity afforded her the ease with which to openly...

hATTR: No Longer a Rare Diagnosis

You’ve probably not heard much about amyloidosis, a group of conditions caused by the buildup in the body of misfolded transthyretin (TTR) proteins called...

Black Health Matters and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals: Understanding hATTR Amyloidosis Series

We Have What? hATTR Amyloidosis: My Family’s Journey Every so often an opinion poll goes around on social media asking if folks would want to...

Black Health Matters and Alnylam Partner to Raise Awareness of Hereditary ATTR Amyloidosis

-- African Americans are at an increased risk of carrying a genetic mutation associated with hereditary ATTR amyloidosis –   -- Partnership is a continuation of...

Headaches & Migraines

New Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Common Among Older People Who Had COVID-19

A recent study showed that over 6 million people 65 and older with COVID-19 had a higher risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease within the year....

10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

While there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease, knowing one's risk can help with early detection and treatment which may lead to a better quality...

High Omega-3 DHA Levels In Blood Lowers The Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease By 49%

A recently published study in Nutrients shows that people with high omega-3 DHA levels in their blood are 49% less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease...

African Americans at Greater Risk to Develop Alzheimer’s Disease

According to CDC, the number of Alzheimer’s disease cases is predicted to rise to an estimated 14 million people by 2060. Unfortunately, African Americans...

Heart Disease

Why You Should Get the Flu Shot If You Have Diabetes or Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease and diabetes can impact outcomes associated with the flu. But vaccination can improve those outcomes, said Dr. Donald Alcendor, an associate professor...

The Missed Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

Did you know about the multiple missed warning signs of an unhealthy heart? Most of us only know to look out for the tightness...

Why Quality Heart Health Care Is Key for African Americans

Cardiovascular diseases, better known as heart disease, is the leading cause of mortality across the globe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This...

Hypertension and Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know

Hypertension is known as "the silent killer," as it frequently shows no signs or symptoms. Unfortunately, African Americans are more likely than White Americans...

Single Parents Have Increased Heart Health Risks

Nobody needs a study to tell them being a single parent is tough. "This is a group of people who are kind of carrying the...

Hepatitis C

CDC Investigates Over 100 Severe Hepatitis Cases In Children Across Two Dozen States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigate over 100 severe hepatitis cases in children across two dozen states, including five deaths. According to the CDC, over 90% of the children were hospitalized, and 14% required liver transplants. The cases occurred over the past seven months across 25 states and territories. Fortunately, most of the patients have fully recovered and were discharged from the hospital.

HIV/AIDS

STD Rates in The U.S. Are ‘Out of Control’ – Syphilis & HIV On The Rise

STD rates are on the rise in the U.S. Health officials are now searching for new solutions for prevention efforts and new treatment protocols. Syphilis cases have...

Federal Judge Rules Against HIV Prevention Drug

Texas Federal Judge Reed O'Conner ruled against the vital provision of the Affordable Care Act that required insurers and employers to cover HIV prevention drugs. O'Conner...

Top 10 Cities With The Highest STD Rates in 2022

Since 2020, the only virus the country has focused on was COVID-19. However, the CDC finally released the latest Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Surveillance Report, and we are...

Judge Rules That U.S. Military Can No Longer Discharge HIV-Positive Service Members

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that U.S. military service members can no longer be discharged or stopped from becoming an officer due to an HIV-positive status. This is one of the strongest rulings for people living with the virus. The Air Force attempted to discharge two service members for their status. As well as Sgt. Nick Harrison of the U.S. Army National Guard was denied a position in the JAG Corps.

Improper Condom Use Is Very Common

Do you know how to wrap it up correctly? Condoms seem pretty easy to put on—and keep on—during sex, but a series of reports show...

What Is FSGS?

Focal segmental glomerculosclerosis, or FSGS, is a rare disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units causing serious scarring, which leads to permanent kidney damage...

Did You Just Test Positive for HIV?

Getting an HIV diagnosis can feel like the worst news in the world. It is common to feel anger, fear, confusion, shock, grief, depression...

Barbershop Interventions Improve Health Outcomes

A safe haven. A country club. A place where people can be themselves: That is how patrons and shop owners describe U.S. barbershops in...

Hypertension

Signs Of Vitamin D Deficiency

Did you know four out of ten people in the U.S. have a Vitamin D deficiency? Not to mention it is surprisingly an overlooked deficiency....

The Missed Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

Did you know about the multiple missed warning signs of an unhealthy heart? Most of us only know to look out for the tightness...

Hypertension and Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know

Hypertension is known as "the silent killer," as it frequently shows no signs or symptoms. Unfortunately, African Americans are more likely than White Americans...

Is Your Blood Pressure Too High?

A new study found that awareness, control and treatment of high blood pressure has dropped among United States adults. Nearly half of adults live with...

What Women Should Know About High Blood Pressure

About 11 million Americans with high blood pressure don't know they have the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This...

High Blood Pressure Common Among Black Young Adults

About 1 in 4 young adults has high blood pressure. But few are getting treated, with new research concluding black young adults are especially...

Kidney Disease

Why Are Black People More at Risk to Develop FSGS Kidney Disease?

FSGS, a rare kidney disease, occurs more commonly in Blacks than Whites, largely because of specific genetic variants prevalent among those of African ancestry. Focal...

Famous Black Celebs With Kidney Disease and How They Manage Their Health

When Black-ish star Anthony Anderson was diagnosed with diabetes in 2002, he was blindsided, but knew he had to take charge of his health. After...

Managing Chronic Kidney Disease

While there is no cure for chronic kidney disease (CKD), those living with the condition can improve their outcome through close monitoring alongside their...

What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

More than 1 in 7 adults in the U.S. may have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—and most people don’t know they have it. Kidney diseases are...

Lupus

African American Women are at a Higher Risk of Developing Lupus and Lack Representation in Clinical Research

Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus) is a genetic, incurable, long-term autoimmune disease that affects many parts of the body. When a person has lupus, their immune...

African American Women and Lupus: The Most Diagnosed and More Likely to Die Prematurely

May is Lupus Awareness Month, and nearly 1.5 million Americans are living with some form of lupus (lupus erythematosus) – a chronic, genetic autoimmune...

Multiple Sclerosis

What African Americans Need to Know About Multiple Sclerosis

Although multiple sclerosis has historically been thought to primarily affect Whites, recent studies show that Blacks in the U.S. are actually more at risk...

Multiple Sclerosis Warrior Dedicated to Helping Others

When Vickie Whyte began experiencing issues with her eyesight in 2007, she wasn’t alarmed. “I thought I’d see an eye doctor and get my...

8 Ways to Manage Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue

Eighty percent of multiple sclerosis sufferers fight fatigue One the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis is fatigue, which affects about 80 percent of those...

Obesity

Slutty Vegan Launches Dips in Select Target Stores

Attention all foodies, food experimenters, and vegans (including vegan allies), popular vegan fast-food chain Slutty Vegan launched its latest dips. Their Hot-Lanta Chik’n & Spinach Artichoke side dips are in select Atlanta Target stores. I am super happy that they now come in a healthier option considering chicken dip and spinach and artichoke dip are popular party favorites.

My Scale Is Broken: 5 Reasons You’re Gaining Weight

Subtle reasons you could be adding pounds instead of subtracting them You've been doing everything right (you think) to drop those pounds, yet the scale...

Single Parents Have Increased Heart Health Risks

Nobody needs a study to tell them being a single parent is tough. "This is a group of people who are kind of carrying the...

Health Risks of Weighing Too Much

Weighing too much raises your risk for certain health problems and may be linked to some emotional and social problems. What are some health risks...

Our Health

Depression and Loneliness Speeds Up The Process of Aging

Research shows that being depressed or lonely can speed up the aging process faster than smoking or certain diseases. An individual's "biological age" is...

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors and Outcomes for Black Men

Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than any other men, with several factors impacting their risk and outcomes. Prostate cancer is marked...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joints Hurt? Here’s the Best 10 Foods for Arthritis Pain

If you’re struggling with pain from arthritis, eating the right food can help ease the hurt. Scientists have discovered that certain foods, along with medication, may...

Scoping Knee Pain? Fuhgeddaboudit

A panel of international health experts and patients just challenged the effectiveness of one of the most common orthopedic procedures and recommended strongly against...

Sexual Health

More Reasons to Keep Your Sex Life Active

Sex is good for a lot of things — strengthening your relationship, intimacy, fun and orgasms reproduction. But did you know it’s actually good for your health? Scientific...

An Active Sex Life Can Improve Your Health and Well-Being

This is just another reason to roll over when you get that shoulder tap. Sex is good for a lot of things—strengthening your relationship, intimacy,...

Sickle Cell

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Receives the Abbey S. Meyers Leadership Award

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America received the Abbey S. Meyers Leadership Award from the National Organization for Rare Disorders. The award honors organizations that serve members with solid leadership in advocacy and education. The Sickle Cell Disease Association will receive its award on June 26th during the National Organization for Rare Disorders' Living Rare, Live Stronger Patient and Family forum. It will be a live ceremony at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

Improving Sickle Cell Care Means Addressing Racism

A new report is calling on the National Institutes of Health to designate sickle cell disease a health disparity to help accelerate research on...

Kennedy’s Sickle Cell Journey

Shavonn Burgess was ecstatic to welcome her new bundle of joy, Kennedy, to the family after her birth in July, 2016. Unfortunately, a postcard...

Sickle Cell Disease in the Classroom

About 100,000 people in the United States live with sickle cell disease—most of them African American. But every baby born here is tested for...

Stroke

Healing Through Music

Music therapy may be more than “music to the ears” for stroke survivors. It can: Improve your balance and gait as well as speech,...

Young Women Face Greater Stroke Risk Than Young Men

Young women are more likely than their male peers to have a stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed a claims database of insured people...

Stroke Risk Doubles for African Americans Who Smoke

Stroke risk more than doubles for African Americans who smoke compared to their nonsmoking peers, according to a new study. "That risk becomes higher as...

The Day the Blood Vessel Burst in Her Brain

As a caretaker for her aging and ailing parents, Deborah Brown took on many responsibilities. At work, she dealt with extreme cases of child...

Racial Gap in Who Gets Critical Stroke Treatments

Black and Hispanic people having a stroke are less likely than their white counterparts to get treatments proved to reduce death and improve quality...

My Mother Is Speechless: I Must Lift My Voice

The Malveaux family and about 200 guests celebrated my mom’s ninth decade on the planet on May 5, 2018. Her birthday was in February,...

Vaccines

Los Angeles Becomes The Next City to Enforce Strict Vaccine Mandate 

Los Angeles becomes the next city to enforce a strict vaccine mandate. The city of angels now requires that individuals provide proof of vaccination...