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Findings from a new study on fast food availability appear to turn previous research on its head.

Lag In Brain Donation Hampers Understanding Of Dementia In Blacks

Aug 9, 2017
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The question came as a shock to Dorothy Reeves: Would she be willing to donate her husband’s brain for research?

‘Bureaucratic Ninjas’ Slice Red-Tape To Battle Health Disparities

Aug 7, 2017
Kristian Foden-Vencil / Oregon Public Broadcasting

When a receptionist hands out a form to fill out at a doctor’s office, the questions are usually about medical issues: What’s the visit for? Are you allergic to anything? Up to date on vaccines?


Harsh life experiences appear to leave African-Americans vulnerable to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, researchers reported Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.

Several teams presented evidence that poverty, disadvantage and stressful life events are strongly associated with cognitive problems in middle age and dementia later in life among African-Americans.

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This year’s Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is in full swing. The event is the Expo organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, which runs through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center.

How Disease Rates Vary By State — And What States Can Do About It

Dec 13, 2016
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By many measures, Hawaii is one of the healthiest states in the union. Yet only Mississippi has a higher rate of flu or pneumonia deaths than the Aloha State.

West Virginia, which is usually among the bottom dwellers in state health rankings, is in the middle of the pack when it comes to deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Side-By-Side Kansas Counties Are Worlds Apart When It Comes To Health

Mar 21, 2016

At her home studio in Westwood, Kansas, yoga instructor Marilyn Pace leads a class of 5-to-8-year olds. With the help of songs, games and other kid-friendly teaching methods, she guides her small students through poses like the cobra, the triangle and the downward-facing dog.

Tatjana Alvegard takes her daughter, Kaya, to Pace’s classes regularly.

In Freddie Gray's Baltimore, The Best Medical Care Is Nearby But Elusive

Feb 15, 2016

The Baltimore health system put Robert Peace back together after a car crash shattered his pelvis. Then it nearly killed him, he says.

A painful bone infection that developed after surgery and a lack of follow-up care landed him in the operating room five more times, kept him homebound for a year and left him with joint damage and a severe limp.

"It's really hard for me to trust what doctors say," Peace said, adding that there was little after-hospital care to try to control the infection. "They didn't do what they were supposed to do."

At A Kansas City Library, Residents Check Out Their Health

Jan 20, 2016
Fitness instructor Nicki Jones leads an exercise class at Lucile H. Bluford Library in Kansas City.
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 On Tuesday evenings, the hush of the Lucile H. Bluford Library on Kansas City's east side is transformed by the boom of Hip Hop and R&B. The center's small conference room is filled with about 40 people—mostly middle-aged women, and a few men, all wearing spandex and sneakers. Fitness instructor Nicki Jones stands at the front of the room, braids pulled back and wearing a sports blazer. She shouts over the music to lead the crowd through a set of squats, bicep curls and lunges.

State Refor(u)m

  "A new Mason-Dixon Line has been forming in our health care system," writes Cecilia Vichier-Guerre in an editorial for HoustonChronicle.com. The 2012 Supreme Court ruling that changed Medicaid expansion from mandatory to optional for states led to the current landscape, where a majority of Southern and Midwestern states have opted out, says Vichier-Guerre. With people of color making up three quarters of Texans without health insurance, she argues that her state's decision not to expand Medicaid is contributing to worsening inequality. 

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