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Cancer chat: Hookah, sweeteners, prostate cancer and more

Cancer chat: Hookah, sweeteners, prostate cancer and more

Earlier today, TheGrio’s Dr. Ty discussed your questions with cancer specialist Dr. Otis Brawley on Twitter! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the Twitter chat held earlier today on cancer and African-Americans. If you want to read it verbatim as it happened live, click on the Twitter hashtag #TheGrioCancerChat. Dr. Brawley is as professor of hematology, oncology, […]

Homicide 'directly affecting' racial gap in U.S. life expectancy, study shows

Homicide ‘directly affecting’ racial gap in U.S. life expectancy, study shows

Americans are now living longer than years prior — with a life expectancy of 78.7 years — according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But overall, African-American males continue to die younger, with heart disease and homicide shortening their lives. White females have the longest life expectancy at 81.3 years, black […]

'Crack baby' study ends with unexpected but clear result

‘Crack baby’ study ends with unexpected but clear result

Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development – gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her […]

HPV Vaccine: What’s All the Fuss About?

HPV Vaccine: What’s All the Fuss About?

What’s all the fuss about the Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) Vaccine? There is some controversy about whether or not school age children should be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease with many parents choosing not to vaccinate. It is a touchy subject for many patients and their children. Given the cost of the vaccine, general […]

Obesity is now a disease: What it means for blacks

Obesity is now a disease: What it means for blacks

Obesity is now classified as a disease. This was the final decision at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), the organization that represents doctors nationwide. Despite their own Council on Science and Public Health releasing a report earlier in the meeting which indicated that obesity was not a disease process, the AMA […]

Breaking Medicine’s Color Barrier

Breaking Medicine’s Color Barrier

On Jan. 7, 1863, just six days after the Emancipation Proclamation authorized African-American men to serve in the Union Army and Navy, Dr. Alexander T. Augusta, a freeman born in Norfolk, Va., wrote to President Lincoln requesting to serve as a surgeon “to some of the coloured regiments, or as physician to some of the […]

Hampton University to Lead Minority Male Health Initiative

Hampton University to Lead Minority Male Health Initiative

After pulling together a group of historically Black institutions with notable experience in minority-focused health research, Hampton University officials have announced that the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is awarding the university a five-year, $13.5 million grant to lead an HBCU consortium to combat and reduce health disparities in minority men. The […]

HPV Vaccine Might Shield Women Against Throat Cancer: Study

FRIDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) — Young women who are vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) not only protect themselves from cervical cancer, but from throat cancer as well, a new study suggests. Many of the increasing number of throat cancers, seen mostly in developed countries, are caused by HPV infection and the HPV vaccine […]

‘Death By Zip Code’: Health Disparities Between Rich And Poor Areas Are Only Getting Worse

‘Death By Zip Code’: Health Disparities Between Rich And Poor Areas Are Only Getting Worse

      On Tuesday, a new report revealed that Americans are in “mediocre” health, and the United States has significantly worse health outcomes than other wealthy countries. But in addition to the gap between the U.S. and other developed nations, the new research also documented the widening gulf between different areas of this country — […]

Never Lose Sight

Never Lose Sight

Sometimes I like to take snapshots of myself and my environment before life changing events take place. One of those still shots came when I received my acceptance to medical school in 2004 (wow, that was a long time ago!). Those around me wondered why I was not frantically jumping up and down screaming like […]