University of California Tackles Hunger, Nutrition

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BERKELEY — University of California President Janet Napolitano wants to leverage the state’s role in agriculture and research to tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems: food. The former Homeland Security secretary is unveiling an initiative Tuesday that she says will deepen the university’s commitment to eradicating hunger and improving nutrition at home and […]

California Expands Medi-Cal While Continuing Cuts

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SACRAMENTO – California has been praised for its early embrace of the federal health care expansion. But the new budget has raised questions about the state’s commitment to getting its poorest residents into doctors’ offices and dentists’ chairs. The spending plan signed Friday provides extra money for more low-income residents enrolling in Medi-Cal, the state’s […]

Uncovering The Truth Behind Nutritional Studies

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ATLANTA –  Do you often feel confused by the multitude of sensational nutrition studies in the media? When it comes to feeding your family, being able to break down the scientific research process to make informed nutrition choices is essential. Conflicting information It’s only natural to wonder about nutrition studies mentioned in headlines. One moment […]

Seniors Need Extra Care to Beat the Heat

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WASHINGTON – Summer is fast approaching. The days will be long. Your grandchildren will be out of school. You will want to spend time outdoors enjoying barbecues and other activities that are part of this season. You should have a wonderful time. But you also need to be careful. Daytime summer high temperatures are often […]

Insufficient Vitamin D Linked to Prostrate Cancer in Blacks

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WASHINGTON — The relationship between melanin and vitamin D—the nutrient that sunlight provides—may explain why African American, Caribbean, and men of African ancestry have the highest rates of prostate cancer than anyone in the world, according to a new study. The study by a team of researchers at Northwestern University, which appears in this month’s […]

HealthCorps Hosts Highway to Health Fair

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SACRAMENTO – A national organization is helping locals make the journey to good health. HealthCorps hosts its Highway to Health Fair at the Sacramento Convention Center on Saturday, March 29. The free interactive health fair is scheduled to run from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Activities may include fitness demonstrations and competitions; cooking demonstrations and nutritious […]

Women of a Certain Age presents Health & Wellness Seminar For African American Women 50 & Over

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NORTH SACRAMENTO – Age ain’t nothing but a number. The local group, Women of a Certain Age presents its Health & Wellness Seminar For African American Women 50 & Over on Saturday, March 15. The seminar will be held at the Hilton Sacramento, 2200 Harvard Street, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coffee and registration […]

Not Enough Blacks Staying in HIV Treatment Programs

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WASHINGTON – Even though Blacks get tested for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that causes AIDS more than other group, health care providers continue to struggle to get Blacks into treatment and keep them there, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During a three-year period, Blacks accounted […]

PHIL WILSON: Reducing the Risk of HIV by 90 Percent

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OPINION – This Friday, February 7h, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for the nation to take a look at the AIDS epidemic in Black America from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. Given the demographics of the AIDS epidemic in this country, this is a very important day. […]

Gallup Poll Finds Modest Drop in Uninsured Rate

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WASHINGTON – The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The […]