Health

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 at the association’s 2017 Scientific...
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 with the Clean Air Task...
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 of health insurance. However, since...
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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 time – six weeks shorter...
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 time, it seemed like a...
For Rainbow PUSH Coalition President Joseph Kyles, a recent trip accompanying Rainbow PUSH Coalition Rev. Jesse Jackson to the hurricane-devastated island of Puerto Rico was extremely humbling. Fifty-one deaths had been associated with the destruction as of Tuesday (Oct. 24). At one point, less than nine percent of the island...
by Jerome Robinson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender On November 10th of 2016, Dr. Trevor K. Thompson’s life came to an end. Trevor is how most people know him. He was the guy with the big smile, the big heart and big dreams. He dedicated his life to helping people...
The Senate Republicans’ latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is dead. Republican leadership announced that they would not be holding a vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, the party’s latest attempt to get rid of Obamacare as the law of the land, after Senator Susan Collins announced on...
Former First Lady Michelle Obama may be a huge advocate for eating fresh fruits and vegetables, but she recently revealed there's one vegetable she just doesn't like: beets. In a recent interview with Food & Wine, Obama shared that, while she'll eat just about anything, she's "not a fan" of the...
Lowering inflammation using a drug called canakinumab cut the risk of heart attacks and stroke and also lowered lung cancer risk, independent of cholesterol. Researchers say they've proven a long-held theory about heart disease: that lowering inflammation may be nearly as important as cutting cholesterol levels. They showed that using a...