“America is hemorrhaging talent. We can no longer waste the skills and dreams of countless young men and boys of color.” That truth was echoed throughout a two-day national town hall in Los Angeles to address the health disparities facing boys and young men of color across California and the nation. Researchers and community leaders [...]
Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder-CEO shares her thoughts on the controversy over mammograms and how often women should be screened.
I didn’t expect to get this disease. Although my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her thirties, I felt that I had mitigated my risk by following the general guidelines for risk reduction. Babies before thirty, check. Breastfeeding, check. Organic food, check. But it happened, and at the age of 31, with my two [...]
HHS secretary de-bunks some of the myths that still surround the landmark bill.
Recent reports about the rising rate of obesity are alarming. More adults are using canes and grab bars at younger ages to cope with obesity. New research shows that the impact of childhood obesity reaches into adulthood and affects a person’s social and economic outcomes. And even weight-gain during pregnancy is not off-limits. Citing an [...]
My earliest memories of even thinking I might be depressed were met with warnings by my mother that if I ever dare seek professional help for depression, even as a kid, my employers would one day find out and fire me. It did bother me that being depressed-but-employed versus happy-and-unemployed was the better of the [...]
In my previous guest blog post for this site I described a hidden burden of poverty and illness resulting from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world’s poorest countries. In addition to representing the most common infections of the “bottom billion” — people who live on less than $1.25 per day — I revealed that [...]
I really enjoyed talking with Tavis today on the show. When you only have ten minutes to explain things as complicated as the oceans, over-fishing and fish-farming, you always kick yourself after the fact. “Tavis, I meant Atlantic bluefin tuna,” you say. Or, “Tavis, you can have the salmon–but Alaska wild salmon is better for [...]
50 Million Pound Challenge founder talks about his new book and his efforts to combat rising obesity rates in the U.S.
What makes a community healthy? That was the question posed to teenagers by Youth UpRising in Oakland, CA. The mostly African-American youth responded that it is a place where bullets don’t fly, where their friends are not buried before they’re old enough to vote, where there are fewer liquor stores than there are grocery stores. [...]