If you ask Bernie Wooden, he'll tell you straight out that a simple blood test saved his life. The test in question is the PSA (for prostate specific antigen) and Wooden, a 68-year-old African American man living near Washington, DC, had been getting it done every year. "My doctor had been comparing my PSA levels from year to year," he says. "After one of my physicals he calls and tells me that the levels had gone up since the year before, and he referred me to a urologist." The urologist ran some tests, took several small tissue samples, and found seven cancerous tumors.
Hayden, Anderson awarded for creation of Healthy Eating, Here at Home initiative
Thursday, 17 September 2015 11:24
Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-62) and Rep. Sarah Anderson (R-44A), who championed legislation to promote healthy, local eating among low-income families and seniors were recognized at the Minneapolis Farmers Market by a coalition of hunger advocacy organizations.
Pneumococcal vaccine can help protect you from serious infections
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:58
Last winter Samuel thought he had caught a bad cold, but after two weeks of being sick, his health took a sudden turn for the worse. Samuel, only 35 years old, started having chest pain and trouble breathing. In a panic, his wife rushed him to the hospital while his children stayed with a neighbor. At the hospital they learned that Samuel had pneumonia, and he needed to stay in the hospital to get well.
Oral Contraceptives Cut Down Endometrial Cancer Risk, Provide Long-Lasting Protection
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:43
Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper
Oral contraceptives provide long-term protection against endometrial cancer, according to new research published by scientists studying the beneficial side effects of birth control pills.
The study, published in the Lancet Oncology medical journal, revealed that oral contraceptive use for approximately five years can significantly impact the health of women as they age and become more susceptible to endometrial cancer.
Entrepreneurs address community health concerns with businesses that focus on wellness
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:21
Curtis Bunn, Urban News Service
Bad knees forced fitness enthusiast Kendra Blackett-Dibinga to quit her passion of running and training. But those same knee troubles ultimately lead her to a business that has not only relieved her pain, but also provided her Washington, D.C.- area African-American community a haven for improved health.