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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

In the Fight Against HIV, a Breakthrough for Women of Color

In the Fight Against HIV, a Breakthrough for Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on July 15 2011, 1:49PM

Two new studies involving heterosexual women and men reveal that taking a daily dose of HIV meds can decrease infection risk by well over 50 percent. That’s a “yay” for women of color who bear the brunt of the global pandemic.

Topics: Gender, HIV/AIDS, Health

Who's Gonna Care for the Aging Boomers? Poor, Immigrant Women

Who’s Gonna Care for the Aging Boomers? Poor, Immigrant Women

by Shani O. Hilton on July 13 2011, 10:39AM

As the GOP pushes Medicare and Medicaid cuts, advocates urge Congress to make the programs work for three million home-care givers making poverty-wages—and the ballooning number of people who depend upon them.

Topics: Economy, Health

Latina Transgender Beauty Queens Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS

Latina Transgender Beauty Queens Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2011, 2:00PM

An all-Latina transgender diva race brings HIV/AIDS prevention and health messages to Orange County’s Latino community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Indiana Can't Defund Planned Parenthood, Says Federal Judge

Indiana Can’t Defund Planned Parenthood, Says Federal Judge

by Asraa Mustufa on June 28 2011, 11:12AM

But the right is plowing ahead with its state-level movement to block the group’s reproductive health services, which are crucial to women of color in many cities.

Topics: Health, Planned Parenthood, Politics

Why Is HIV Still Going? One Reason: 1 in 5 Don't Know They Have It Infographic

Why Is HIV Still Going? One Reason: 1 in 5 Don’t Know They Have It

by Asraa Mustufa, Stokely Baksh on June 27 2011, 1:18PM

We break down some of the most alarming stats showing how and why HIV is still spreading 30 years later.

Topics: HIV/AIDS, Health

Urban Foodies Look to Their Past and Find Recipes for Healthy Futures

Urban Foodies Look to Their Past and Find Recipes for Healthy Futures

by Rae Gomes on June 22 2011, 10:17AM

Food revolutionaries in immigrant neighborhoods want to reclaim the healthy foods of their ancestors. They just have to find the ingredients.

Topics: Health, How We Eat

Chicago Activists Push for Trauma Center on the South Side

Chicago Activists Push for Trauma Center on the South Side

by Asraa Mustufa on June 17 2011, 3:21PM

Residents demand that one of the world’s premier hospitals also help save the lives of its neighbors.

Topics: Health