In life, Virginia-born Henrietta Lacks did not aspire to international renown—she didn’t have the luxury. The great-great-granddaughter of a slave, Lacks was left motherless at a young age and deposited at her grandpa’s log cabin by a father who felt unfit to raise her. Never a woman of great means, Lacks wound up marrying a cousin she had grown up with and tending to their children—one of whom was developmentally impaired—while he served the 1940s war effort as a Bethlehem steelworker. Continue reading Famed for “Immortal” Cells, Henrietta Lacks is Immortalized in Portraiture
New CVS Health initiative seeks to solve one of the nation’s most pressing problems and a major source of consumer financial worry. Continue reading CVS Health Fights Back on High Cost Drugs by Launching Industry’s Most Comprehensive Approach to Saving Patients Money
By Joseph Hammond, Urban News Service
When Pat Raynor developed cataracts she hoped her optometrist would simply refer her to a qualified eye surgeon. But the 65-year old Virginia woman said the optometrist who handled her routine eye exams seemed more interested in business than medicine. He pressured her to accept a form of care known as co-management in which he – rather than the surgeon – would handle post-operative checkups.
Continue reading African-Americans at risk from unusual optometry practice
A healthful diet can reduce risk for disease and increase longevity
Good nutrition plays an important role in how well you age. Eating a healthful diet helps keep your body strong and can help reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis. Continue reading This Geriatrician Says To Do These 5 Things to Live Longer
Choosing a health insurance plan can be complicated. Knowing just a few things before you compare plans can make it simpler. Continue reading 3 Things to Know Before You Pick a Health Insurance Plan
Fund in memory of Stuart Scott focuses on poor survival rates among African-Americans Continue reading The V Foundation is helping fund cancer research in the black community
We may know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn’t mean we are taking it to heart and having a hearty breakfast. In fact, although 97 percent of Americans agree breakfast is the most important meal of the day, only 44 percent eat it every day. Continue reading Why Aren’t More People Eating Breakfast?
The civil rights activist said he will be making “lifestyle changes” to slow the disease’s progression. Continue reading Rev. Jesse Jackson Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease
Jamaican-born Olympic sprinter and three-time bronze medalist Novlene Williams-Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2012, weeks before the London Games. She was 30 years old. Williams-Mills endured four surgeries and went on to win two more Olympic medals. Continue reading Novlene Williams-Mills: Cancer Survivor Promoting Body Image
In July 2016’s edition of ‘How I got into…’ we find out how US world champion and world record holder Richard Browne started out in Para athletics. Continue reading How I Got Into…With Richard Browne
Wednesday is National Coming Out Day, which is an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) awareness day observed on Oct. 11. Continue reading National Coming Out Day 2017: 11 Quotes To Celebrate LGBT Life
Patients may hear some — or all — of these words while speaking to their doctors about breast cancer. Understanding these terms and how they can affect you may be key to getting the help you need. Continue reading National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Key terms you should know