U.S. Congressman’s Statement Questions Science Cited to Support School Vaccine Bill (Video)

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – New information coming out of Washington, D.C., is confirming the worst fears of Californians who opposed the state’s new “School Vaccine Bill.” On the flip side, it is also arming them with the strongest argument yet against mandating vaccination for all school-aged children — with exemptions only for medical conditions — across […]

Former NBA Star Introduces his invention for chronic pain sufferers at local event

SACRAMENTO – After his career was benched by several knee injuries, former NBA star Jonathan Bender is scoring points off the court, inventing a training and rehabilitation device for other chronic pain sufferers. Bender will introduce his invention, the JBit MedPro, to locals on Saturday, July 18. The MedPro Mobile Clinic will be held at […]

Lupus Disproportionately Affects Black Women

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(NNPA) – Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic and often debilitating autoimmune disease that impacts more than 1.5 million Americans. Characterized by intense fatigue, exhaustion, joint pain, and memory problems, lupus is three times more common among the Black female populations than any other group. And, while lupus affects women in their childbearing years, […]

California’s new school vaccine law now one of the strictest in nation

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The governor of California has signed a contentious bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says in a statement Tuesday that science clearly shows vaccines dramatically protect children against infectious diseases. The bill strikes California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, requiring nearly […]

Minister Tony Muhammad Calls on Black Elected Officials to Oppose Supporting SB 277

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) –  Minister Tony Muhammad, a Western Regional Representative of the Nation of Islam, decried Senate Bill 277 at a rally in front of the California state capitol on Tuesday. Muhammad said he spoke for Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, when he criticized the legislation commonly called the “School Vaccine Bill.” He […]

Vaccinations: Losing the Option to Opt Out

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(CBM) – Singer Chaka Khan’s sister, Tammy McCrary, believes there is a link between her 17-year-old son’s Autism and a Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) shot a pediatrician gave him when he was a two-year-old toddler. Before agreeing, with reluctance, to the doctor’s recommendation for the multi-dose vaccine, McCrary says she preferred a holistic approach to […]

Prepping for Pregnancy to Avoid Complications

Overweight women and those suffering from hypertension have increased rates of pregnancy-related deaths. (Courtesy photo)

(NNPA) – Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she can manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life.  Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the Centers for Disease Control, and the […]

Black Infant Health Aims to Improve Health Among African American Mothers

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ARDEN-ARCADE — When Alexis Senegal, already four months pregnant, arrived in Sacramento three years ago from the Bay Area, she immediately sought out the Black Infant Health program (BIH). One month from making that call to inquire about the program, Ms. Senegal enrolled in BIH classes. From there, she and her unborn daughter at the […]

More and More Senior Citizens Maintaining an Active Sex Life

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(NNPA) – The month of May is designated “Older Americans” Month. This little-known designation is not new. Initially established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the month exists to highlight a variety of important is­sues for the United States’ older population. One such topic is sex. And for older Americans, more and more are […]

Report Reveals Fewer Minorities are Uninsured

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Recent health care reports show declines in the uninsured rates for both African-Americans and other minorities nationally, while highlighting that Washington continues to be among cities where blacks and Latinos have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act. Among ethnic groups, Latinos and African-Americans saw the biggest declines in uninsured rates, with […]