Coalition declares ‘HIV war’

The Coaliton of Mental Health Professionals Inc. reports that there are more than 52,000 people living in Los Angeles with HIV and half of them take advantage of healthcare. About 16 percent of those infected don't know that they are, ...

New poll tracks perceptions of Sickle Cell disease among Blacks

Pfizer Inc., the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), and scholars from Howard University have announced results from a new national poll designed to deepen understanding and gauge perceptions around Sickle Cell disease (SCD) among African Americans.

Centinela Medical Center receives ‘Seal of Approval’

Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood has announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart

Jenesse Center launches Purple Purse fundraiser for domestic violence

Since 1980, Jenesse Center Inc. has been helping families to escape and overcome the trauma of domestic violence.

Women’s health group celebrates its 20th year

Black Women for Wellness (BWW) on Oct. 19 will host an anniversary celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. at Traxx Restaurant at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, 800 N. Alameda St.

Woman awarded $417 million in Johnson & Johnson suit

A Los Angeles jury this week awarded $417 million to an ovarian cancer patient who alleged her disease was caused by the use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.

Medical group advocates for increased Black breastfeeding

This week marks the fifth annual Black Breastfeeding Week, a health awareness program presented by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) based in Washington, D.C. The NACCHO has launched an initiative, R.O.S.E. (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere), ...

Sickle cell researcher honored

The County Board of Supervisors this week honored a researcher who developed the first drug approved in the U.S. to treat sickle cell disease in children. Pioneering hematologist Dr. Yutaka Niihara—who works at county-operated Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a nonprofit ...

‘Leap of faith’: Will health care ministries cover your costs?

Martin Estacio was shelling out $800 per month for a health plan that didn’t fit his two-state lifestyle. The retired San Bernardino firefighter lives between Oklahoma and California. But his health insurance policy, purchased in Oklahoma, didn’t cover non-emergency care ...

Kidney Disease May Boost Risk of Abnormal Heartbeat

People with failing kidneys are at increased risk of developing a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, a new report suggests. Chronic kidney disease can as much as double a patient's risk of atrial fibrillation, a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can ...

Congress revamps HIV housing program to benefit areas where virus is spreading

In a bipartisan push, Congress has restructured a federal housing program for HIV patients to funnel more money into areas struggling to control the spread of the virus. While legislators and housing advocates say the adjustments will better target regions ...

Lag in brain donation hampers understanding of dementia in Blacks

The question came as a shock to Dorothy Reeves: Would she be willing to donate her husband’s brain for research? She knew dementia would steadily take Levi Reeves’ memories of their 57-year marriage, his remaining lucidity and, eventually, his life. ...

Exercise Not Making Dent in Most Seniors' Down Time

Regular exercise does little to reduce the amount of time that seniors are sedentary, researchers say.

Women Who Gain Weight Between Babies at Higher Risk for Diabetes

Women who gain weight after having a baby may be more likely to develop diabetes during their next pregnancy, a new study suggests.

AV Hospital first in area to offer TIF procedure for acid reflux

Antelope Valley Hospital is the first hospital in the area to offer a surgical procedure called transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Also known as chronic acid reflux, GERD is a condition where food or liquid ...