Whole Foods & thinkThin Give Mothers Something to Think About

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SACRAMENTO – Whole Foods is giving area women something to “think” about this Mother’s Day. thinkThin LLC, the producers of popular weight management bars, will be giving special thanks to moms all over the country this week as part of Whole Foods gifting program in celebration of Mother’s Day. Taking place at participating Whole Foods […]

Study: Health Law to Significantly Raise Claims Costs

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WASHINGTON – A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. What does that mean for you? It could increase premiums for at least some Americans. If you are uninsured, or you buy your policy directly […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]