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CURRENT RESEARCH: Preterm birth complications, pneumonia are leading causes of death in children under five years

5 Oct

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Complications from preterm (premature) births and pneumonia are now the leading causes of death in children under five years, together responsible for nearly 2 million deaths in 2013, according to the latest estimates.

Researchers led by Professor Robert Black, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, used the latest available data and modelling methods to examine what caused an estimated 6·3 million deaths of newborn babies (neonates) and children under five years in 2013.

They found that complications from preterm birth were the largest single cause, responsible for 965000 deaths in under-fives, with pneumonia responsible for a further 935000 deaths, and complications from childbirth (intrapartum complications) the next leading cause, responsible for 662,000 deaths.

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CURRENT RESEARCH: ADHD Diagnoses Up 70% Among African-American Children

7 Aug

According to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, more African-American kids are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some experts believe this trend is a result of increasing numbers of African-American parents getting their children evaluated for the disorder. However, there is a concern that children with histories of trauma, violence and abuse are being misdiagnosed (often post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can be mistaken for signs of ADHD).

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Kidney Disease, an Underestimated Killer

7 Aug


While kidney disease does not get as much attention, funding or concern as many other health conditions, it kills 90,000 Americans per year. Even when it is not fatal, the cost of treating end-stage kidney disease through dialysis or a kidney transplant is astronomical, more than fivefold what Medicare pays annually for the average patient over age 65. African Americans are at highest risk for developing kidney disease.
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HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Black Health Rx: Finding A Cure For America’s Health Disparities

30 Jul

Social determinants of health lead to complex health disparities that cost our country around $1.24 trillion every year. Many black communities are faced with high levels of poverty, unemployment, and unhealthy food options: if one is born into a circumstance that provides less-than-optimal access to basics like healthy, fresh food; safe areas to exercise; and accessible medical care, it stands to reason that one’s health will suffer in the long run.

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CURRENT RESEARCH: Salty snacks, extra pounds send blood pressure soaring in US kids

23 Jul
New research shows that high blood pressure is becoming more common among American children, which can be connected to increasing body mass index and sodium intake (more than a third of children and teens in this country are overweight or obese). The rate is higher for African-American girls compared to boys or other racial/ethnic groups. The damage is both long-term (as risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke increases) and short-term (early atherosclerosis and an enlarged heart ventricle).

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CURRENT RESEARCH: Suicide rates among baby boomers increases

23 Jul

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate for adults aged 50 to 64 rose 45 percent between 1999 and 2010, with higher increases for men in their 50’s and women 60 to 64. Notably, African-American men are three times more likely to commit suicide than African-American women (who are the least likely to commit suicide among nearly all demographics).


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CURRENT RESEARCH : Soda Fanatics May Lose Potassium and Gain Heart Problems

18 Jul


People who drink soda consistently and little to no water can lead to dangerously low potassium levels and ultimately erratic heartbeats (as potassium regulates contractions of the heart).

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