Health and Fitness

Diabetes and African Americans

August 13, 2014

In 1998, 2.3 million African American adults over 20 had diabetes. In other words, 10.8 percent of the African American population had diabetes. African American adults are about 1.7 times as likely to get diabetes as white adults, whose rate of diabetes was 7.8 percent of the population in 1998. As the following graph shows,… [Read More]

Third hand smoke: The new cancer risk for children1

August 13, 2014

Raising children in a smoke-free home isn’t enough to keep them away from cancer-causing toxins. “Third hand” tobacco smoke may be in your home, hiding in plain sight, according a recent study. Researchers behind a York University study published in the journal Environmental International found that carcinogens from tobacco smoke can enter the home from… [Read More]

Health risks lurking at the nail salon (part 1 of 2) While a day at the salon might be relaxing, you could be putting your fingers, toes and more at risk

August 13, 2014

Molly Dannenmaier, of Galveston, Texas, visits a local salon every three weeks. She regularly gets a pedicure and occasionally treats herself to a manicure – but the pedicure is a staple. It wasn’t until both she and a friend developed toe infections that she considered the health risks. “[My friend] got a terrible infection, and… [Read More]

Health risks lurking at the nail salon (part 2 of 2) While a day at the salon might be relaxing, you could be putting your fingers, toes and more at risk

August 11, 2014

Molly Dannenmaier, of Galveston, TX, visits a local salon every three weeks. She regularly gets a pedicure and occasionally treats herself to a manicure – but the pedicure is a staple. It wasn’t until both she and a friend developed toe infections that she considered the health risks. “[My friend] got a terrible infection, and… [Read More]

Combination of alcohol and tobacco increases risk of esophageal cancer

May 1, 2014

The rate of developing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) nearly doubles in those who both smoke and drink compared to those who only smoke or drink, according to new research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Although multiple studies have identified risk factors for the development of ESCC, notably, exposure to alcohol and tobacco,… [Read More]

BHCW to hold 11th Annual African American Walk for Quality Health

May 1, 2014

On Saturday June 7, 2014 Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc. (BHCW) will have their 11th Annual African American Walk for Quality Health. This year’s theme is “Women’s Health.” Event co-chairs are Dr. Earnestine Willis, Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Bevan K. Baker, FACHE Commissioner of Health for the City… [Read More]

Mighty minis: The fascinating trace minerals (part 2)

May 1, 2014

With health delivery in such chaos and uncertainty, we at Carter Drug Store suggest arming yourselves with the latest up-to- date information, which hopefully will prevent minor problems from escalating into major problems. You and your loved ones deserve the best treatment possible to survive in these difficult times. COPPER (Cu): Important to enzyme structure,… [Read More]

Why disability insurance is critical

May 1, 2014

Most people understand why having life insurance is a good idea: Nobody wants to leave their survivors in a financial lurch if they were to die suddenly. But what if you suffer an accident or illness and don’t die, but rather, become severely disabled? Could you or your family make ends meet without your paycheck,… [Read More]

The pain of loneliness (conclusion)

May 1, 2014

“…God will break the chains that bind his people…” – Isaiah 9:4a This month we have been addressing the topic of loneliness and the pain that is associated with it. All of us have felt loneliness at one time or another. Loneliness, as we use the term during this series, means unwanted physical or emotional… [Read More]

Three groups miss out on colon cancer survival gains, study says

April 17, 2014

Blacks, Hispanics and elderly have benefitted less from treatment advances Survival rates for white and Asian patients with advanced colon cancer have improved significantly, but the benefits haven’t extended to blacks and Hispanics, according to an American Cancer Society study. The researchers also found that survival rates for white patients aged 65 and older did… [Read More]