Health/Healthcare

by Stacy M. Brown --  News of Pfizer and BioNTech’s announcement that their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among those without previous infection arrives as the United States continues to realize record-breaking new cases. Last...
NASHVILLE – Tennessee State University (TSU) and Meharry Medical College, two historically Black academic institutions in Nashville, have formed a new partnership focused on establishing a pipeline of African-American doctors and dentists to provide essential care to underserved communities. The...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris kicked off Tuesday’s (Nov. 10) COVID-19 Task Force update by calling for more uniformity and “aggressive intervention” to curb the pandemic from state officials. “We are still in the fight against COVID,” Harris said.  “We...
Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center working with colleagues at the University of New Mexico have identified three drugs, already approved for other uses in humans, as possible therapeutics for COVID-19, the illness caused by the...
A fresh lesson in patience -- Six months ago, The New Tri-State Defender began an ongoing account of how three Memphians were coping with the coronavirus amid government-directed restrictions to slow the virus’ spread. Restaurant entrepreneur James Cook and barber William...
Dr. Ramesh Narayanan, a professor in the Department of Medicine and the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $455,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute for a two-year study...
by Franklin G. Berger -- theconversation.com --  The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman at age 43 following a four-year battle against colorectal cancer underscores two important public health concerns. First, the incidence of colorectal cancer has risen dramatically among adults under age 50...
The BlueCross Foundation has doubled the number of BlueCross Power of We Scholarships it is awarding for 2020, bringing the total to six. This year’s recipients include two from the Memphis area and a University of Memphis student from Franklin,...
by Florence M. Howard -- The expression for joy of living in French is joie de vivre. It is the life philosophy and commitment of Dr. Betty Harville, a trailblazing eye doctor who grooved a trail across the country for...
Barely two years out of nursing school, John James Jr. found his way onto the pages of The New York Times, as part of an expose’ titled “In Harm’s Way.” The article spotlights healthcare professionals all over the country, featuring...