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AMERIGROUP Public Policy Institute, Black Leadership Forum, Inc. Convene Summit to Examine Preterm Birth Policy Solutions

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- National leaders in maternal health, health disparities and public policy will look for ways to combat the devastating impact of preterm births on communities of color at a summit today co-convened by The AMERIGROUP Public Policy Institute and th...

Five Hypertension Genes Found in Black Americans

Could be targets for new treatments, researchers say FRIDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Federal researchers have identified five genetic variants associated with high blood pressure in black Americans that could hopefully become targets for therapy to prevent and treat this major risk...

Lilly Celebrates Its 35th Year as a Supporter of the Indiana Black Expo

INDIANAPOLIS, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) is planning something a little different for this, its 35th year of support for the Indiana Black Expo (IBE) Summer Celebration, including a partnership with Dress for Success Indianapolis and a presence at ...

New Villanova University Online Course Enables Black Belts to Attain Lean Master Black Belt Certification

TAMPA, Fla., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Villanova University , the leader in Lean Six Sigma education, is enhancing its professional education offerings with the world's only 100% online Advanced Master Certificate in Lean Six Sigma. In addition to enabling those with Black Belt training to achie...

New Media-Led Effort Responds to AIDS Crisis in Black America

GREATER THAN AIDS Promotes Unity, Power of Community Multi-Platform Campaign Incorporates PSAs, Integrated Content and Community Activities MENLO PARK, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, leading U.S. media companies announced a new coordinated national campaign to mobil...

Many Black Women Refuse Breast Cancer Treatments

Poverty, fear play roles in skipping lifesaving therapies, researchers say,,,, FRIDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 25 percent of black women with advanced breast cancer refuse the chemotherapy and radiation treatments that could save their lives, a new study finds. Black women...

Parental guidelilnes, consequences may be why fewer black teens smoke than whites

It's a curious paradox. Black adults are more likely to smoke than white adults and most smokers start as teenagers. But statistics show that fewer black youths than whites begin smoking as adolescents. A new University of Washington study indicates that lower rates of smoking among black tee...

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield to Serve as Host Sponsor for 100 Black Men of America 23rd Conference

Conference returns to roots in NYC, to discuss African-American education NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire BlueCross BlueShield announced today that it will serve as host sponsor of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 23rd Annual Conference to be held June 10-14 at the New York Hil...

Researchers identify stroke predictors in black patients

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Predictors of atrial fibrillation (AF or afib) might offer physicians a better way to prevent stroke in blacks, according to a new study done by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. AF is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor...

Medicare Change May Impact Black Kidney Patients

Single payment plan for dialysis and meds could put many at disadvantage, study suggests WEDNESDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Black kidney patients may have more difficulty getting dialysis under a new Medicare payment policy, researchers warn. The Centers for Medicare & Medi...

New Research Suggests Drinking as Little as One Cup of Black Tea Per Day May Help Maintain Cardiovascular Function and Heart Health

NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study conducted at the University of L'Aquila in Italy and supported by the Lipton Institute of Tea, is the first to show that black tea consumption - depending on dose - simultaneously increased blood vessel reactivity and reduced both blood pressure and ar...

Risk of aggressive breast cancer subtype 3 times higher for black women

Lifestyle, age and weight have all been considered as risk factors for breast cancer. Now a study published in the open access journal Breast Cancer Research has found that even taking these factors into consideration, black women face three times the risk of developing an aggressive 'triple neg...

Stress May Raise Diabetes Risk for Obese Black Women

Surge in anxiety-linked hormone worsens blood sugar level, researchers suggest THURSDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- Stress may play a key role in the development of type 2 diabetes in obese black women, U.S. researchers say. "Much attention has been given to the role of obesity in ...

Half of Black Teens May Be Vitamin D Deficient

More foods should be fortified with the essential nutrient, experts say WEDNESDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Many teens today, especially black teens, aren't getting enough of vitamin D, the so-called sunshine vitamin that is essential for cells to function, say researchers from Wei...

Apollo Health Street Has Earned the Number One Spot in the BPO Healthcare Providers Segment in the Prestigious Black Book of Outsourcing Customer Satisfaction Survey, 2008

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Apollo Health Street has earned the Number One spot in the BPO Healthcare Providers segment in the prestigious Black Book of Outsourcing Customer Satisfaction Survey, 2008. Andrew DeVoe, CEO and President of Apollo Health Street, states, "We apprecia...

The Network Journal Announces it's 2009 List of "25 Influential Black Women in Business"

The Network Journal, an award-winning business magazine providing news and commentaries on issues that affect the growth of businesses and the advancement of professionals in the workplace for an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and small-business own...

Volunteer work in grade schools produces persistent health benefit for older black women

A Johns Hopkins study reveals that older black women who spend time with young children in the classroom are not only more active than similar women who don't volunteer, but seem to stay active. Building on results of a 2006 Hopkins study showing that 15 hours of volunteer work a week at a grad...

Parental Distrust May Explain Lack of Black Children in Clinical Trials

They express more doubt as to safety, transparency of medical research, study finds TUESDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Black parents are more likely than white parents to distrust medical research, which may explain why black children are frequently underrepresented in studies. So ...

Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare Awards Grant to Center for Black Women's Wellness

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare announced today that it awarded a $7,500 grant to The Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc. (CBWW) to support Journey to Wellness, a program designed to address the disparity of mental health among black women. ...

YWCA Survey Shows Greater Economic Concerns Among Black Women Than White Women

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Black women stand apart from White women on a range of worries about workplace, education and health care issues. Major obstacles to their own progress over the next decade cited by greater proportions of Black women than White women include: -- Majo...

Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes

Brisk walking, limiting TV seems to benefit this high-risk group FRIDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Less TV and more exercise may help reduce incidence of type 2 diabetes, especially among black women, a new report shows. Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Cen...

Southern Research Wins $37 Million Black & Veatch Sub-Contract for Biological Threat Reduction Program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southern Research Institute -- a not-for-profit scientific organization that conducts basic and applied research in the areas of preclinical drug discovery and development, advanced engineering, environmental and energy production -- today anno...

Hypertension May Hit Black Males Earlier

Different tests may be needed to detect rising blood pressure in these men, experts say MONDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Young black American men have higher central blood pressure and stiffer blood vessels than white males, indicating that black men are developing high blood pressu...

Lung Cancer Genetics Different in Black Patients: Study

Finding may explain why treatment and outcomes are different among races FRIDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Non-small cell lung tumors tend to have a different genetic makeup in blacks than in whites, a finding that may explain why treatment and outcomes are different among races, a n...

Don't Disturb Your Circadian Rhythm This Black Friday 'Sleep In, Nap Later,' says Specialty Sleep Association

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you one of those shoppers who wake up at 4am on Black Friday? Not this year, stresses the non-profit Specialty Sleep Association (SSA). "It is important not to disturb your circadian rhythm and to maintain your regular sleep schedule," notes Dale Read, P...

National Hemophilia Foundation's (NHF) CEO Featured in Black Enterprise Magazine

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Val Bias, Chief Executive Officer of the National Hemophilia Foundation is featured in the November 2008 issue of Black Enterprise magazine in the "On the Move" section of the Powerplay Department. The department highlights African-American men and women who h...

Messages of hope work better in motivating black patients to seek early screening for cancer

ST. LOUIS News articles that stress African-American health disparities, like higher cancer mortality rates than other groups, may discourage black patients from being screened for cancer, according to a Saint Louis University study. Instead, they are more likely to be tested for cancer after hea...

National Diabetes Month Book Suggestions From Black Expressions(R) Book Club

NEW YORK, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million Americans suffer from diabetes. The African American community is one of the groups hardest hit by this disease, with over 3.7 million diagnosed. With November being National Diabetes Month, Black Exp...

UNC Lineberger launches 44-county study of breast cancer in black women

CHAPEL HILL A new study seeking to improve scientists' understanding of breast cancer, including why the disease's fatality rate is higher in African-American women, is getting underway in 44 counties in North Carolina. The project, named after the late Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, a North Carolina s...

Lilly to Sponsor Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference

Lilly is first-ever company to be designated as ALC's premier sponsor; Working for Better Health exhibit will be showcased at the conference INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) today announced its sponsorship of the Congressional Black Caucu...

CDC awards Clemson researcher $700,000 to study black lung prevention

CLEMSON Black lung disease is not a problem of the past: members of the mining work force continue to die from it and associated ailments. In response, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has awarded John R. Saylor, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson University, a three...

DNC 'Party Crashers:' Police Arrest 1 Pro-lifer at Black Caucus; Eject Operation Rescue Leader from DNC Interfaith Gathering at Colorado Convention Center

DENVER, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Civil Disobedience Planned at Pepsi center for Tuesday, August 26, between 2:00 - 2:30 P.M. to protest Obama's and Biden's support for child-killing by abortion. Two Catholic Priests, one Evangelical Pastor among those who plan to be arrested. Ran...

Aurora Health Care Employee Named YMCA Black Achiever of the Year

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Maggie Beckley of Aurora Health Care has been honored as YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee's YMCA's Black Achiever of the Year. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080806/AQW060 ) "As Black Achievers, our adult volunteers serve as mentors to teenag...

Consumer Alert: Black Henna Tattoos Can Cause Serious Skin Reactions

CHICAGO, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Dermatologists are warning consumers that the harmless-looking, henna tattoos that are being sold everywhere from summer carnivals and open-air malls to cruise ships and vacation hot spots could contain a harmful chemical known as para-phenylenediamine, or PPD,...

LegalView Reveals Details of the FDA Mandated Black Box Warning For Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Such as Cipro and Levaquin

LegalView reported of a recent FDA warning for antibiotics under the fluoroquinolones drug family that will now require a black box warning, the strongest warning issued by the FDA. The FDA instituted the mandate due to the greater risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture among patients prescribed t...

FDA Mandates Black Box Warning for Some Antibiotics

Fluoroquinolones, which include Cipro, can cause tendinitis and tendon rupture, agency says TUESDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones will need to carry a black box warning alerting physicians to the increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture associ...

Aflac Named as a Top Company for Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine

Notable workforce diversity lands the insurer on the annual listing for the fourth consecutive year COLUMBUS, Ga., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Black Enterprise magazine applauded Aflac's outstanding achievements in workplace diversity for the fourth consecutive year on th...

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice to Hold National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality

WASHINGTON, June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reverend Carlton W. Veazey, President and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), announces the Coalition's 12th Annual National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality, to be held July 9-11, 2008 at the Howard University School...

No Matter the Doctor, Black Diabetics Fare Worse Than White Counterparts

Study found doctors with patients of both races still showed disparities in outcomes TUESDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that black patients with diabetes tend to fare worse than white patients do, even if they see the same doctor. In other words, the gap can't b...

Family History Plays Role in Black Colon Screen Rates

Reason unclear, but study says doctor recommendation key to higher participation MONDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks with a family history of colorectal cancer are less likely to be screened than either their white counterparts or other blacks at average risk for the disease, a...
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