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Mississippi Votes No on Initiative 26, but Zygote-Rights Zealots Press On

Mississippi Votes No on Initiative 26, but Zygote-Rights Zealots Press On

by Akiba Solomon on November 9 2011, 3:18PM

Like the Energizer Bunny, the eggs-as-people movement plans to keep going and going and going. Thankfully, so do the folks who continually defeat them.

Topics: Gender, Health, Personhood

Here's How Deadly Breast Cancer is For Women of Color in the U.S. Infographic

Here’s How Deadly Breast Cancer is For Women of Color in the U.S.

by Stokely Baksh on November 1 2011, 10:00AM

The National Cancer Institute has begun a new campaign to raise breast cancer awareness among black women.

Topics: Health

Walmart Can't Lead Us Out of the Food Desert

Walmart Can’t Lead Us Out of the Food Desert

by Joseph Jung on October 27 2011, 9:45AM

Efforts to get affordable healthy foods into deprived communities are finally spreading around the country. Unfortunately, legislators have focused on courting corporate supermarkets rather than supporting local alternatives that would be truly healthy.

Topics: Health, How We Eat

New Disparity in Nursing Homes: Whites Leave,  Elders of Color Enter

New Disparity in Nursing Homes: Whites Leave, Elders of Color Enter

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 1:36PM

Changing demographics and stubbornly consistent gaps in health care access are to blame.

Topics: Health

The Dubious, Dangerous Science of Race Lives On, Says Scholar

The Dubious, Dangerous Science of Race Lives On, Says Scholar

by Julianne Hing on September 23 2011, 9:51AM

Northwestern University’s Dorothy Roberts warns in a new book that too much mainstream science still accepts the idea that human beings are divided into fundamentally different groups. She explains to Colorlines.com why that’s a problem.

Topics: Health, Technology

Half of Latinos in U.S. Live in Country's Most Polluted Cities

Half of Latinos in U.S. Live in Country’s Most Polluted Cities

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2011, 2:03PM

Latinos face major health risks from delayed implementation of new EPA air pollution rules.

Topics: Health

Baltimore Firm Sued for Testing Lead Levels on Black Children in 1990s

Baltimore Firm Sued for Testing Lead Levels on Black Children in 1990s

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2011, 2:23PM

More than 100 children were endangered by high levels of lead dust in their homes arranged the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Topics: Health

Of Mice and Medicine: How Investing in Medicaid will Create Jobs

Of Mice and Medicine: How Investing in Medicaid will Create Jobs

by Yvonne Yen Liu on September 13 2011, 8:50AM

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund highlights the dangers lawmakers face when they approach health care policy without the bigger picture in mind.

Topics: Health

Jennifer Hudson Talks About Her Body, Curves and Lack Thereof

Jennifer Hudson Talks About Her Body, Curves and Lack Thereof

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 1:00PM

The actor says she didn’t lose weight because she disliked her body, but rather as “a good example for my son.”

Topics: Health

Federal Health Officials Push 'Strength Through Affirmation' of Black Gay Men

Federal Health Officials Push ‘Strength Through Affirmation’ of Black Gay Men

by Kyle Bella on August 19 2011, 9:34AM

“We wanted to show black gay couples who are loving and supportive and, at the same time, we wanted to document a diverse range of strong men in community,” says CDC’s Richard Wolitski. Kyle Bella reports on the new campaign.

Topics: HIV/AIDS, Health

All NYC Public Middle and High Schools Will Now Have Sex-Ed

All NYC Public Middle and High Schools Will Now Have Sex-Ed

by Jorge Rivas on August 10 2011, 1:30PM

New York City Mayor Bloomberg launches sex-ed program that includes safe-sex lessons in NYC public schools.

Topics: Health

Study: Nutritious Food Costs Thousands a Year, But Fat's a Bargain

Study: Nutritious Food Costs Thousands a Year, But Fat’s a Bargain

by Jorge Rivas on August 5 2011, 2:50PM

Study finds following USDA’s updated balanced diet guidelines would add hundreds of dollars to the average consumer’s food costs.

Topics: Health

Medicare and Medicaid Are Not Safe From the Debt Deal Cuts

Medicare and Medicaid Are Not Safe From the Debt Deal Cuts

by Amara Nwosu on August 5 2011, 10:46AM

Both programs are enormously important to health coverage for people of color.

Topics: Health

Magic Johnson Wishes He Hadn't Retired Because of HIV

Magic Johnson Wishes He Hadn’t Retired Because of HIV

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2011, 2:46PM

Michael Johnson opens up to the LA Times about his decision to retire, the hard work he had to do to survive HIV, and what he’s learned since his diagnosis.

Topics: Health

HIV Epidemic Growing Fastest Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

HIV Epidemic Growing Fastest Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

by Kai Wright on August 4 2011, 12:30PM

An alarming study reveals HIV infections grew by nearly 50 percent among black gay and bisexual men in recent years. There are many complex causes for the trend, but there are also some clear solutions if we commit to them.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, HIV/AIDS, Health, Kai Wright

An Obama Victory: Co-Pay Free Birth Control Becomes a Reality For Women

An Obama Victory: Co-Pay Free Birth Control Becomes a Reality For Women

by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2011, 10:23AM

The Obama administration said yes to full insurance coverage for women’s contraceptives, STD screenings and other preventive measure. Fine print aside, they’ve done the right thing.

Topics: Gender, Health

Natalie Cole Tells The Root About Living With Hep C for 25 Years

Natalie Cole Tells The Root About Living With Hep C for 25 Years

by Jorge Rivas on August 1 2011, 4:08PM

The performer is taking on a campaign to raise awareness about the disease in black and Latino communities, where death rates are far higher than the population as a whole.

Topics: Health

Michelle Obama: Major Chains Can Make Healthy Foods Affordable

Michelle Obama: Major Chains Can Make Healthy Foods Affordable

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2011, 10:04AM

With Wal-Mart and Walgreens signing on to the deal, an apple a day might be easier to get these days for the country’s poor communities.

Topics: Health

Birth Control Without Co-Pays and 4 Reasons to Care About Health Reform

Birth Control Without Co-Pays and 4 Reasons to Care About Health Reform

by Akiba Solomon on July 22 2011, 12:59PM

A new report recommends that the feds force insurance companies to fully cover birth control pills, STD screenings and other women’s health musts under health reform. It’s up to us to make them listen.

Topics: Gender, Health

2011 Already Sets Record Of Anti-Abortion Laws

2011 Already Sets Record Of Anti-Abortion Laws

by Bryan Gerhart on July 19 2011, 3:06PM

This year, just 19 states have enacted a total of 162 new laws relating to reproductive health. Unsurprisingly, 49 percent of these work to restrict access to abortion services

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health