Health/Healthcare

BLACK VOICE NEWS — Although all racial, ethnic and age groups saw significant increases in opioid-and synthetic opioid-involved overdose deaths between 2015 and 2017, death rates among Blacks in large metropolitan areas is cause for growing alarm in these communities.
CHICAGO CRUSADER — According to a recent Alzheimer’s Association survey, people overwhelmingly agree (91 percent) that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia should be a group effort among family or close friends, yet one out of three caregivers are not engaging others in caregiving tasks. More than four...
After a recent decision by the FDA a better day could be coming for those living with sickle cell disease. This week, Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Novartis announced in a press release that the US Food and Drug Administrationhad approved Adakveo a medicine they believe will help, “reduce the frequency of...
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By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests. Almost half of adults surveyed believed they were likely to develop dementia. The results suggest many didn’t understand the connection between physical health...
by Michael McLendon, TSU News Service NASHVILLE – Child care providers in Tennessee will have the opportunity to receive additional training thanks to a new $11.4 million federal grant secured by Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences. The university believes better trained daycare providers will mean better...
As results emerge from water tests conducted in Tennessee schools under a new state requirement, concerned parents are asking what they should do next. Both state and Memphis officials provided suggestions and resources on Friday after Tennessee's largest district reported that 24 schools had at least one unsafe water source...
Wednesday Chalkbeat reported that 10 Memphis schools had high lead levels, and on Thursday Shelby County Schools officials released a list of 14 additional schools with at least one water source that has tested positive for unsafe levels of lead. District officials told reporters Thursday that they are waiting on...
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON — More Americans are going without health insurance, and stable premiums plus greater choice next year under the Obama health law aren't likely to reverse that. As sign-up season starts on Friday, the Affordable Care Act has shown remarkable resiliency, but it has also fallen...
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Every 34th time a clock ticks, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Statistics show people living in Southern states, such as Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, show higher than average rates of cardiovascular problems. Through a tighter lens, Memphis is the fourth most obese city in America and No....
Friends For Life is well-known in the Mid-South as a lead organization fighting the spread and stigma of HIV/AIDS. “We have served over 25,000 people living with or affected by HIV,” said Eric Paul Leue, Friends for Life's director of prevention. “Within Shelby County, we have about 267 new HIV infections...