Health and Fitness

Study: Childhood obesity quadruples chances of adult hypertension

October 3, 2013

Obese children have a four times greater risk of having high blood pressure when they reach adulthood compared to normal weight kids, new research shows. The study authors also found that overweight children had double the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, later in life. “We’ve shown that the risk for hypertension starts in… [Read More]

Black women murdered by men at a rate more than two and a half times higher than white women, study finds

October 3, 2013

Black women are most often killed by a gun and almost always by someone they know   Washington, DC — Black women face a disproportionate share of fatal domestic violence in America, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data.” In 2011, 492 black… [Read More]

The Affordable Care Act: What African Americans confronting cancer should know

October 3, 2013

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) enters a new implementation stage when the Health Insurance Marketplaces open for enrollment on October 1. The more than 6.8 million uninsured African Americans who are eligible for health coverage under the law will be able to fill out an application to find and enroll in coverage that fits… [Read More]

Healthy blood pressure (part 1)

October 3, 2013

Talking Health with Dr. Carter By Dr. Lester Carter Owner, Carter Drug Store  Heart disease, cardiovascular disease (CVD), is the leading cause of death for all Americans age 35 and older. This means men and women among all racial and ethnic groups. According the Centers for Disease Control, over 600,000 people died of heart disease in… [Read More]

Bee well: Health from the hive (part 3)

May 11, 2013

Talking Health with Dr. Carter By Dr. Lester Carter Owner, Carter Drug Store When we think bees, most of us think of honey. For millennia, people have enjoyed honey’s sweetness and other benefits. What is little known is that the hive is the source of three more health enhancing substances. These are pollen, propolis, and… [Read More]

Women smokers more likely to get colon cancer than men: study

May 11, 2013

Just a few cigarettes a day raises their risk, researchers say By Steven Reinberg Smoking’s connection to cancer is well-established. Now, researchers say cigarettes increase the odds for developing colon cancer, especially for women. Women who’ve ever smoked have an almost 20 percent increased risk for colon cancer, compared with women who never smoked, according… [Read More]

Younger men biggest eaters of added sugars

May 11, 2013

Sweetened food and beverages are source of too many empty calories, experts say By Denise Mann Young U.S. adults are consuming more added sugars in their food and drinks than older — and apparently wiser — folks, according to a new government report. Data released from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed… [Read More]

Bee well: Health from the hive (part 2)

May 3, 2013

Talking Health with Dr. Carter  By Dr. Lester Carter Owner, Carter Drug Store When we think bees, most of us think of honey. For millennia, people have enjoyed honey’s sweetness and other benefits. What is little known is that the hive is the source of three more health enhancing substances. These are pollen, propolis, and… [Read More]

Survey: Prescription drug abuse up among U.S. teens

May 3, 2013

More than 5 million, nearly 25 percent, said they had abused these medications The United States appears to be in the throes of a prescription drug abuse crisis among teens, with a new survey showing that 24 percent of high school students — more than 5 million kids — have abused these medications. That’s a… [Read More]

Health Tips: Broil Fish for a Healthy Dinner

May 3, 2013

Follow these cooking guidelines Broiling is a healthy way to cook fish that also provides great flavor. If you haven’t broiled before, a few basic tips can help you broil your fish to perfection. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics lists these tips for broiling delicious, healthy fish. Understand how the technique works — broiling… [Read More]