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Want to quit smoking? Health department has free resources

Want to quit smoking? Health department has free resources

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES A new year is a new opportunity to set health goals and stick with them. For many, it is a chance to quit tobacco. Fortunately, Volusia County residents don’t have to do it alone. The Florida Department of Health and the Tobacco Free Florida program have free, proven-effective resources that can […]

How Medicaid expansion would help Blacks

How Medicaid expansion would help Blacks

Health care would increase significantly if states accept federal funding BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – As families prepare to choose health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period, a recent report by the Urban Institute shows that Blacks have the most to gain from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) […]

Smartphone-free bedroom could help kid sleep better

Smartphone-free bedroom could help kid sleep better

BY DEBORAH NETBURN LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS) If you want your kid to sleep better, consider taking the smartphone away from them at least an hour before they fall asleep — to a different room entirely. Kids who sleep with smartphones by their bedside get less sleep on average than kids who fall asleep in […]

Fitness app helps keep at-risk dieters on track

Fitness app helps keep at-risk dieters on track

BY ERYN BROWN LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS) Qiana Sago knew she had a problem. Three years ago, at age 30, she weighed 269 pounds. She was taking pills for high blood pressure. Her triglycerides were “the highest you can have,” she said. Working as an LAX airport custodian, she was surrounded by fast food, which […]

Pill to fight HIV stirs controversy among gays

Pill to fight HIV stirs controversy among gays

BY ERYN BROWN AND ADOLFO FLORES LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS) It would have seemed the stuff of fantasy in the dark days of the 1980s, when an AIDS diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence: a pill, taken daily, that could protect against HIV infection. But today, such a drug exists. The blue tablet, marketed […]

Many more to reach in HIV battle

Many more to reach in HIV battle

Blacks still trail Whites and Latinos in getting treated BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – Blacks who have been diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continue to lag behind Whites and Latinos when it comes to getting linked to care, increasing the chances that they could spread the disease to others. Just […]

Obamacare sign-up help is on the way

Obamacare sign-up help is on the way

Health insurance enrollment event to be held Sunday BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry is encouraging every uninsured resident to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act this weekend. Henry, along with the City of Daytona Beach and Halifax Medical Center, will host an enrollment event […]

‘Fresh Prince’ star talks about color and beauty

‘Fresh Prince’ star talks about color and beauty

By Valerie Whitney Special to the Daytona Times When actress Janet Hubert first read the script for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire” it noted that the prototype for the role of Aunt Vivian was a “Denise Nicholas type,” which in industry lingo meant a fair-skinned Black woman. When Hubert showed up at the audition, Nicholas […]

Improved quality of Medicare plans, steady premiums great news as Open Enrollment begins

Improved quality of Medicare plans, steady premiums great news as Open Enrollment begins

Marilyn Tavenner Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Fall is a wonderful time of year. Changing leaves. Cooler weather. It’s also the season for people with Medicare to review their current Medicare coverage, as Medicare Open Enrollment begins. As we prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which began on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7, Medicare […]

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Free screenings available locally for the uninsured and underinsured ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease – the second-leading cause of death in women. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan […]

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