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Apr 17th


What you don’t know about sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic diseases in the United States. It is estimated that more than 70,000 people have sickle cell disease and more than two million people carry the gene that allows them to pass it on to their children.

The feeding tube?

The feeding tube?For the first time, researchers have found an association between TV viewing and future eating habits in older adolescents.

High school kids who watched a lot more television than their peers at age 16 were likely to have worse eating habits five years later, a new University of Minnesota study indicates.


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome advocacy matures

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a well known disorder, yet the far reaching societal ramifications need continuous highlighting until everyone realizes its deep societal impact, as well as how easily it can be prevented.

Patient navigators: Breaking down the barriers to cancer care

When Brenda was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she was scared. Unsettled by the news and overwhelmed with complicated information, she was unsure about what to do next.

Use these tips to lower heating costs

Use these tips to lower heating costs

When we finally moved all of our belongings from Georgia to Minnesota we had so much stuff, that it completely filled an 18-wheeler.  Although the movers were hardworking, friendly fellows, the inevitable still happened; they broke a couple of things, namely two of the legs on my sofa.   I didn’t let it bother me, I simply called for the furniture repair company to come over and fix it.  (Our contents were insured, so it was no problem.)  A very chatty gentleman was sent out and in between his masterful repair skills, he asked me where I was from and what brought me to the Twin Cities.


What killed 20,000 Americans in 2008?

What killed 20,000 Americans in 2008?

"Radon gas was responsible for more than 20,000 American deaths in 2008. Most of the victims never knew they had a radon problem. January is National Radon Action Month. Testing for radon in 2009 will save lives."

The Health and Press Association is encouraging Americans to test their homes for the invisible killer, radon gas. Radon causes more than 20,000 preventable deaths each year in the United States. All areas of the country are at risk; so all homes should be tested. It is easy and inexpensive to test for this deadly gas. Since you cannot see it, smell it, or taste it, the only way to know if a home is affected by radon is to test.

Not a crime, but an illness: Black folk and depression

Words cannot contain my admiration for Terrie Williams, a sister who has put her pain on “front street” with her book, Black Pan – It Just Looks Like We Aren’t Hurting (Schribner, 2008).  In this book, Williams reminds all of us that depression is not a crime, but an illness.
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