RUDOLPH LONCKE: Courts could do more to save our children

OPINION – As an African American judge, now retired, I bring the perspective of a member of the judiciary to the Steering Committee on the Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD). Working within a system that has been afflicted with bias against African Americans and other minorities, it has been my life’s work to […]

ALICE BANKS: Education is the key to saving lives

OPINION – I am a single parent, raising five children here in Del Paso Heights. As a registered nurse, I have worked in various capacities in Sacramento. In all of the areas that I have worked, I have taken care of children. I see the situation of poor, uneducated, stressed out, homeless individuals, trying to […]

California Dental Association Foundation offers free dental care

SACRAMENTO – The California Dental Association Foundation (CDA) is offering free dental care to those who need it on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. CDA Cares-Sacramento will be held at Cal Expo-Building D, 1600 Exposition Drive. Services offered include cleaning, fillings, extractions, temporary partial dentures, dentures, and health education. Participants can also get […]

What is Your Obesity Costing You?

(NNPA) – Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. The overall impression is universal: Being severely overweight is taxing on almost every level, says Dr. Eleazar Kadile, who specializes in treating patients […]

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 […]