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The opioid crisis in Shelby County is very real

by Brian Clay In Shelby County, opioid use has gone from a mild concern to a full-blown crisis affecting all Memphians regardless of economic, social, racial or even spiritual background. The opioid crisis has become serious enough for Shelby County Commission Chairwoman Heidi Shafer to make...

TSU Medical researcher leads fight against against brain tumors

by Michael McClendon NASHVILLE -- (TSU News Service) People suffering from brain tumors could receive better medical care as a result of research currently being done by one of Tennessee State University’s leading medical scientists. Dr. Quincy Quick, TSU associate professor of Biology, said by investigating the protein Microtubule...

PositiveWhilePOZitive: ‘‘I have HIV. HIV not gon’ have me’’

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Jeremie McClain received his HIV diagnosis nine years ago – while going to get tested with a friend. “The nurse said, ‘Jeremie, come here,’ ” he remembered. “I was thinking something was wrong with my friend. Turns out, I was positive.” It took a while for...

Teen puts his mental health ahead of football career

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Saw this before I came in today. It's important. Y'all know in our communities, we almost never bring up the words "mental" and "health" in the same sentence. So seeing Isaiah Woods on Megyn Kelly Today talk about his own struggles . . . well,...

Ask Dr. Kevin: Understanding Clinical Trials and Sickle Cell Disease in the Black Community

By Dr. Kevin Williams (Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Rare Disease Unit) This article is the third installment in the “Ask Dr. Kevin” series, brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell...

Tennessee State University health experts to everyone: Get your flu shots!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – If you’re still unsure about whether or not to get a flu shot, Tennessee State University researchers have a message for you: Stop thinking about it, and get one. This comes as the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC)...

PositiveWhilePOZitive: ‘You definitely can thrive with (HIV)’

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“I wasn’t expecting it to be me.” Former Friends For Life counselor Eddie Wiley was supposed to take an HIV test with a friend, who feared he might be positive. It was supposed to be a simple home test. His mind and heart racing, Wiley worried...

PositiveWhilePOZitive: AIDS Survivor Mildred Richard works to help others cope

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“To some I’m a mother, sister, aunt,” Mildred Richard said in a happy, joyful tone when The New Tri-State Defender sat down with her. She has been HIV-positive since Oct. 30, 2000. That’s 17 years of living with the virus that causes AIDS, 17 years...

#PositiveWhilePOZitive: The purpose behind the project

Thanks to The New Tri-State Defender for allowing me to embark on this special project – “Positive While POZitive.” It highlights the lives of a few African-American Memphians who are living with HIV/AIDS while embracing the goal of living his/her life to the fullest. Why...