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Our fight with fat: Why is obesity getting worse?

by Kenneth Cusi The Conversation via AP Gyms across the country will be packed in the new year with people sticking, however briefly, to their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Most of them do not know that the cards are stacked against them and that...

Slow death: Is the trauma of police violence killing black women?

By Christen A. Smith, University of Texas at Austin Diamond Reynolds’ live stream of Philando Castile bleeding to death after being shot by Officer Jeronimo Yanez shocked and dismayed the nation in 2017. It is difficult to imagine the pain of witnessing and archiving the death of...

#PositiveWhilePOZitive: HIV/AIDS – numbers, treatment and prevention

David Sweat is chief of the Shelby County Health Department’s Office of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. As part of the Positive While POZitive project by The New Tri-State Defender, Sweat laid out the numbers of those living with HIV/AIDS In Shelby County. According to the health...

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...

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...

High blood pressure redefined: 130 is the new high

By Lee R. Watkins, Special to TSDMemphis.com The number of U.S. adults considered to have high blood pressure will increase dramatically under new guidelines implemented by medical experts on Monday. The guidelines, published by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, were presented...

A Million Black Americans Face Health Risks From Living Near Industry

More than a million black people face an increased risk of cancer and asthma thanks to air pollution resulting from oil refineries or natural gas facilities in their backyards, a troubling new report has found. The report, released by the NAACP on Tuesday in partnership...

Why Black Faith Leaders Must Lead the Fight for Healthcare Access

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) First of all, despite the Trump Administration’s efforts to kill (“repeal and replace”) the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is still the law of the land, and because of the federal mandate, everyone is required to have some form...

Enrollment window open for 2018 Healthcare.gov

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Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) on Wednesday took to the House floor to remind his constituents and the country that the much-reduced time period for enrolling in health care through Healthcare.gov (“The Affordable Care Act”) has begun. This year’s open enrollment is half the length of...

COMMENTARY: Love your heart…eat seafood

Dr. Clarence Davis, M.D., Special to The New Tri-State Defender As a child growing up in Florida, I have very fond memories of crabbing with my father. There is no smartphone app that can replace the quality time spent with him on those beaches. At the...
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