• Health and Fitness

    Going harder with your workouts may reduce risk of aggressive prostate cancer

    December 10, 2015

    Vigorous exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking may dramatically reduce a man’s risk for aggressive prostate cancer, new research suggests. Nearly half of lethal prostate cancer cases in the United States would be prevented if men over 60 followed five or more healthy habits, lead author Stacey Kenfield, an assistant professor in the urology… [Read More]

    The eight people you need on your diabetes care team

    November 12, 2015

    By Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE,CDN Because diabetes is a disease that affects so many parts of your body (your eyes, your pancreas, your kidneys, your feet) and demands attention in so many aspects of your daily life (your diet, your fitness routine, your medication schedule), one single doctor—even a great one—may not be able… [Read More]

    Love is…helping Black men speak up about prostate health

    November 12, 2015

    By Gwendolyn Harris For BlackDoctor.org In my circle of friends, it’s not uncommon to get a text from one of my girls asking about a recommendation for a good OB/GYN or a therapist. We can mix these bigger health talks into our every day conversation like it’s nothing. For men, on the other hand, these… [Read More]

    Week 3: American Diabetes Awareness

    November 12, 2015

    American Diabetes Month is observed every November to draw attention to diabetes and its effects on millions of Americans. Diabetes is a disease that leads to high levels of blood sugar (glucose). It happens when the body does not make any or enough insulin, or does not use insulin well. Diabetes can lead to serious… [Read More]

    It’s time for your flu shot

    November 6, 2015

    The start of flu season is just around the corner and U.S. health officials are urging everyone aged 6 months and older to get their yearly flu shot. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu, said Dr. Lisa Grohskopf, a medical officer in the… [Read More]

    Obama administration takes aim at epidemic of heroin, painkiller abuse

    November 6, 2015

    New initiative involves government, medical groups, media, drug store chains and more President Barack Obama on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 announced a major new initiative aimed at fighting the ongoing epidemic of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse. Speaking Wednesday in Charleston, WVA — an area hit hard by the crisis — Obama said that heroin… [Read More]

    Local eye care specialists answer top 6 questions about diabetic eye disease

    November 6, 2015

    By Cheryl L. Dejewski With diabetes at epidemic levels, you probably know (or are) one of the 29+ million Americans with the disease. Whether or not the cause is due to lifestyle (poor diet, lack of exercise), genetics or both, be aware: Diabetes does more than affect blood sugar levels. Without proper precautions, it can… [Read More]

    Fall prevention: Simple tips to prevent falls

    October 23, 2015

    By Mayo Clinic Staff Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of… [Read More]

    Autumn safety tips for seniors

    October 23, 2015

    As the air turns cooler and leaves drop from the trees, keeping in mind fall season safety tips helps keep you and your family protected from seasonal dangers. Home heating • Make sure your home heating system is in good working order. • Have a professional evaluate the system and address any potential problems. •… [Read More]

    Black women and breast cancer

    October 23, 2015

    Surviving breast cancer through early detection and diagnosis October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some facts about black women and breast cancer to help better educate yourself and help get you the right treatment sooner. The issue Nothing speaks more clearly to the shocking breast cancer health disparities than the fact that Black… [Read More]