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Health network apologizes for discriminatory past
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Health network apologizes for discriminatory past

GREENSBORO, N.C.,(PRNewswire)– Cone Health has apologized to the last living plaintiff and others involved in a lawsuit that desegregated hospitals nationwide. The establishment of a scholarship fund came during a Sept. 15 ceremony before the start of Cone’s annual medical and dental staff meeting.Cone Health honored Dr. Alvin Blount, one of nine African-American physicians and…

Former nurse exposes racism in the profession
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Former nurse exposes racism in the profession

NEW YORK – Author Melvina Semper interviewed 50 nurses whose personal stories reveal the ill treatment and lack of promotion, diversity, moral support and other barriers minority students and nurses face on the job. All are explored in her new book, “Discrimination Experienced in the Nursing Profession by Minority Nurses: Fifty True Stories from Nurses…

Minnesota sees significant drop in obesity rate
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Minnesota sees significant drop in obesity rate

Minnesota’s adult obesity rate saw a statistically significant drop between 2014 and 2015, from 27.6 percent in 2014 to 26.1 percent in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Minnesota was the only state in the region, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa, to succeed in keeping its obesity…

Mayo Clinic expands emergency telemedicine practice
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Mayo Clinic expands emergency telemedicine practice

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is expanding in the telemedicine arena through its newly announced strategy of a converged emergency telemedicine practice. Emergency telemedicine provides acute medical assessments through video communications to people who need immediate emergency care. A Mayo Clinic medical specialist located at a distance from the patient connects via technology with local…

Fit4Fun Day Sept. 17
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Fit4Fun Day Sept. 17

Enjoy a day of fitness and fun at the Fifth Annual Fit4Fun at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, 1313 Penn Ave. N, Minneapolis. This free family event is packed with activities that will help individuals move, and learn while connecting with community. More than a fitness event, this year’s theme is food justice, highlighting the…

Estrogen patch may reduce Alzheimer’s risk
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Estrogen patch may reduce Alzheimer’s risk

By Susan Barber Lindquist, Mayo Clinic Network ROCHESTER, Minn. — Can estrogen preserve brain function and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease when given early in menopause? Newly postmenopausal women who received estrogen via a skin patch had reduced beta-amyloid deposits, the sticky plaques found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a Mayo…

Taking a closer look at Black mental health
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Taking a closer look at Black mental health

By Dr. Patricia Maryland NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist Good physical and mental health help drives success and enjoyment in our lives. But when it comes to overcoming some of our society’s biggest health challenges – from HIV/AIDS to cancer to diabetes to behavioral health issues – the African-American community unfortunately shoulders a disproportionate share…

Fertile after 40
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Fertile after 40

By Michelle Mitchum, MPH HHP – I am a Gen Xer, born in 197? (ha), and within the last five years, I have been to more than five 40th birthday celebrations. Just when did 40 get so close? When I was a child, I thought being 40-years-old meant that a person was OLD. And here…

Organic food: Facts and fluff
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Organic food: Facts and fluff

Written by: Michelle Mitchum, MPH, and HHP –  The organic food trend has exploded in popularity within the last 10 years, and the industry has grown exponentially. Organic food sales have increased from $1 billion in 1996 to $26 billion in 2016. The belief is that organic food, (foods free of additives, chemical pesticides, and…

‘Black don’t crack’, but it does burn, says Atlanta doctor: Internist stresses sun safety for all skin tones
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‘Black don’t crack’, but it does burn, says Atlanta doctor: Internist stresses sun safety for all skin tones

Each year more than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer; and according to 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the skin cancer rate was 1/100,000 for African Americans and Asian Pacific Islanders. All ethnicities and races are susceptible to damage by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UVA and…

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