National Abortion Rates Highest Among African-American Teens and Twice the National Average


NATIONWIDE – A new study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute shows that African American teen abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average. According to the study, the national average is 18 abortions per 1,000 women among 15-19-year olds. The African-American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women among that age […]

It’s Time to Take Mental Health Seriously


NATIONWIDE – Though attitudes are changing slowly, many people still don’t like to talk about mental illness. Yet, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans 18 and older (about one in four adults) suffer from some kind of mental illness. It’s also the leading cause of disability in […]

Study Shows Declining Life Span for Some US Women


NEW YORK – A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can’t explain. The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation’s counties – many of […]

Environmental Food Justice Conference Hosted in Oak Park


OAK PARK – They’ve planted the seeds, but aren’t satisfied with simply sitting back and watching them grow. The local organization, Freedom Farms is seeking to cultivate a movement, one that will lead to a healthier community. Freedom Farms sponsored its Environmental Food Justice Conference last week. The event was held at the Guild Theater […]

Prescription for Ending AIDS in Black America


WASHINGTON – A new study by the Black AIDS Institute says that the end of the AIDS epidemic is within reach, but to get there it will cost the federal government roughly $300 million, a tough sell at a time when a fractured Congress stumbles toward the next fiscal deal. The report, titled “The Light […]

Youth Org: Students Need Better Sports Safety


WASHINGTON — Student athletes need access to health care professionals, better-trained coaches and up-to-date equipment, a coalition of groups recommended Wednesday in a call to action aimed at protecting the nearly 8 million students participating in high school sports each year. The Youth Sports Safety Alliance of more than 100 groups released the proposed rules, […]

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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WASHINGTON – Thursday, Feb. 7, will be observed as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. And according to activists, there is plenty that African-Americans need to observe. There are more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, including more than $510,000 African-Americans. “It has been 31 years since the Centers for Disease […]

New Lingo For Consumers: Health Overhaul Glossary


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law has spawned its own jargon. With the law finally about to take full effect, consumers might want to get familiar with some of the terms: Affordable Care Act – The most common formal name for the health care law. Its full title is the Patient Protection […]

NBA Encourages Healthy Lives During ‘FIT’ Week


NEW YORK — The NBA is encouraging fans to live healthy, active lives during its annual “NBA FIT live healthy week.” Running Thursday through Feb. 1, the week features special programs and events in arenas and online to inspire families and kids. Players are wearing specially designed warm-up shirts, headbands and wrist bands, and fans […]

Coca-Cola to Address Obesity for First Time in Ads


NEW YORK — Coca-Cola became one of the world’s most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it’s taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity. The Atlanta-based company on Monday will begin airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, […]