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Being overweight costing more than extra food

Being overweight costing more than extra food

BY SHARELLE D. LOWERY NNPA NEWS SERVICE Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. The overall impression is universal: Being severely overweight is taxing on almost every level, says Dr. Eleazar Kadile, […]

Racial and ethnic disparities persist in teenage pregnancy rates

Racial and ethnic disparities persist in teenage pregnancy rates

BY TERESA WILTZ STATELINE.ORG WASHINGTON — It’s a problem once thought to be intractable, and yet pregnancy and birth rates for Black and Latina teens have dropped precipitously in the past two decades — at a much faster clip than that of White teens. Despite this, Black and Latina girls are more than twice as […]

Volusia residents urged to get vaccinated against measles

Volusia residents urged to get vaccinated against measles

COMPILED BY TIMES STAFF The Florida Department of Health is working with other state and federal officials to monitor individuals who may have been exposed to measles cases across the state. In the past two weeks, four cases of measles have been identified and reported among travelers with unknown or no measles vaccinations who visited […]

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 […]

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