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Nov 23rd

Health

Public awareness and HIV testing opportunities scheduled in Minnesota

Nearly half of the total AIDS cases reported in the U.S. occur among African-Americans, even though they represent just 13 percent of the U.S population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost half of the one million Americans currently living with HIV are African-American.
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Prison gardens

Dear EarthTalk: We’ve all heard about the abysmal food served in prison, as well as the economical, nutritional and even therapeutic value of growing one’s own food.  Are there any agricultural programs or garden projects in U.S. prisons? -- Jerry Mullins, Tennessee Colony, TX
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Environmental concerns in Haiti's earthquake aftermath

Environmental concerns in Haiti's earthquake aftermathDear EarthTalk: What are the primary environmental concerns in the aftermath of the big earthquake in Haiti?-- Frank Dover, Portland, OR
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Mental illness from a sibling's perspective

Even though I have always known that something was a “little off” with my sister, learning that she had a mental illness was devastating. This is something I hear many times from folks in the community about their loved ones.  As Black people, we don’t mind saying our family member is “a little off” or “a little crazy,” but when our loved one gets an actual diagnosis, it becomes real. There are many questions we ask ourselves:  Will I get sick, too? Can I pass this on to my children? What will my friends think of me? Will the church think that I am not a Christian?
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Freeport West launching new housing initiative supporting teen mothers

Freeport West , a 39-year-old nonprofit providing services to at-risk, runaway and homeless youth,  recently announced that in partnership with Freeport Saint Paul Youth Center, it will now offer secured housing in Saint Paul.  The house dedicated to assisting parenting youth and those impacted by domestic violence is made possible by the City of Saint Paul and the United Way.
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A request on Dr. Martin Luther King Day

A request on Dr. Martin Luther King Day Hello, my name is Jennifer Jones Austin. I am a 41 year old mother of two young children. On September 23 of this year, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Just days before I was walking around feeling fine, taking care of my family, going to the gym daily, and working professionally as an advocate for children and families living in poverty. I had no medical history of health problems. Things were good.
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It hurts and five other myths about bone marrow donation and registration

"Is it painful?" It’s the most commonly asked question of bone marrow donors, and it’s often asked rhetorically, because people believe they know the answer. In fact, most people believe that bone marrow donation is about as painful as childbirth or passing a kidney stone. But, while bone marrow donation isn't completely painless (you wake up feeling as if you just took a spill on the ice), it's nearly so. Doctors now harvest bone marrow while patients are under general anesthesia, so you don't feel a thing until you're already in recovery. Here are the five other common myths about bone marrow donation which is one of the most fascinating, but misunderstood, life-saving missions.  
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