Susan G. Komen offers free mammograms

SACRAMENTO – A free mammogram screening will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, located at 201 29th Street, Suite B, courtesy of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Participants must be uninsured or underinsured, age 40 or over, low income, and have not had a mammogram in […]

Black Women Endure Menopause Longest

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour. She even wakes up in the night with so much perspiration that she looks like she just left working out at a gym, she said. “Hot flashes are very annoying,” said Finney, a married mother of […]

California Offers April 30 Health Insurance Sign-up Extension for Uninsured

SACRAMENTO (AP) – California will offer a special extension to buy health insurance through the state exchange for people who say they weren’t aware they would face a tax penalty for being uninsured. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee announced the extension until April 30. He said Friday that as many as 600,000 residents may […]

California’s Medi-Cal program for poor grows to 12 million

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them. Medi-Cal, the $95 billion joint federal-state […]

California lawmakers aim to limit vaccine exemptions

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child’s health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions. Parents could no longer cite personal beliefs or religious reasons to send unvaccinated children to private and public schools under a proposal […]

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities

OPINION – Like so many Americans, I have seen the tragedy first hand, of friends lost to HIV/AIDS. I’ve also seen the hope of those living with HIV as we continue to work toward an AIDS free generation. Each February 7, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for all of […]

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of […]

Lawmakers pursue right-to-die for terminally ill California patients after high-profile death

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication nearly a decade after similar legislation failed. Terminally ill patients can legally take their lives in […]

Sagging Pants of Today Could Hurry Hip Replacements of Tomorrow

ST. LOUIS (NNPA) – Some of the same activities and behaviors that can cause disease can cause health problems in your bones, joints and your neuromuscular system. “For every one pound of weight that you gain, you put three pounds of pressure on your knees; so the opposite of that is, for every pound that […]

Health Enrollment Numbers Up For 2015

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The first detailed analysis of enrollment into the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – has yielded good news, particularly for those who may require financial assistance. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services in Southwest said 87 percent of those who selected 2015 plans through in the first […]