Beware of these asthma and allergy triggers this holiday season

December 10, 2015

There are a number of steps people with allergies and asthma can take to deal with the challenges they may face over the holidays, an expert says. “Two-thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, so it’s not just a matter of the first freeze hitting and your symptoms disappearing,” Dr. Bryan Martin, president of the… [Read More]

THIS WEEK IN Black History

November 20, 2015

Thursday, November 19 After nine years of exile in Cuba, Algeria and France, Eldridge Cleaver returned to California in 1977, to face charges of attempted murder following a 1968 shootout with Oakland police. He returned to the United States and surrendered to the F.B.I. under a deal with the government by which he pleaded guilty… [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 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]

This Week in Black History

November 12, 2015

Thursday November 12: The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., was founded by seven young educators who sought to raise the standards of school teachers in 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. These individuals included Mary Lou Allison Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dublin Redford, Bessie M…. [Read More]


November 6, 2015

November 5: A record number of nine African Americans were elected to U.S. House of Representatives on this day in 1968. Along with eight men, Rep. Shirley Chisholm became the first black congresswomen. Sen. Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass.) had been elected two years previously giving African Americans a record total of 10 members of Congress…. [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]


October 23, 2015

Transform your house into Frankenstein’s lab with a few party tricks and Halloween treats. Set the scene with a mad scientist-themed sweets table and carry it home with a crazy good menu featuring frightfully yummy appetizers, mocktails and, of course, treats.   Tricks for Your Treats n Chili Mac Cup Concoction: Use a regular muffin… [Read More]