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April is National Minority Health Month: Ophthalmologists urge African-American seniors to get routine eye exams

To help curb vision loss among at-risk communities, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding African-Americans about race-related risk factors for eye disease during National Minority Health Month in April. African-Americans are more than twice as likely to develop diabetic retinopathy compared to Caucasians and are four times more likely than Caucasians to go blind from glaucoma. African-Americans also face a greater risk for cataracts.
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Summer time shouldn't be hungry time

Summer time shouldn't be hungry timeHelp feed hungry kids through USDA's Summer Food Service Program
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HPV, a cancer that is killing our youth and young adults

HPV, a cancer that is killing our youth and young adultsApril is Oral Cancer Awareness month.

In 2013, 42,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer. This particular type of cancer has historically been caused by alcohol and tobacco use. But today, a new version of oral cancer is on the rise called Human Papilloma Virus or HPV-16.
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Gardening: Fresh air for brain health

Gardening: Fresh air for brain healthGardening has long been known as a great way to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. And gardening has hidden benefits that can boost your overall health including better brain health.
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Office of Minority Health seeks to improve Black lives

Office of Minority Health seeks to improve Black livesDuring National Minority Health Month, BET.com talks to J. Nadine Gracia about new programs within the department.

It is an office within the executive branch of the federal government that is little known, but the Office of Minority Health has been playing an active role in raising consciousness about health disparities while helping to educate millions of Americans to live healthier lives.
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6,700 pounds of unwanted medicines collected in medicine drop boxes during the first year

6,700 pounds of unwanted medicines collected in medicine drop boxes during the first yearThe Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Hennepin County Environmental Services have collected 6,700 pounds of unwanted medicines since medicine disposal drop boxes were made available in March 2012. Hennepin County urges residents to properly dispose of their unused and unwanted medicines at six drop boxes located in Sheriff and county facilities.
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Nearly five children die a day from child abuse, neglect

Nearly five children die a day from child abuse, neglectApril was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month approximately 30 years ago by Ronald Reagan in a presidential proclamation. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge and raise awareness about the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. The statistics are staggering and in the United States alone, nearly 5 children die every day from child abuse and neglect. According to the National Children’s Alliance, there were 287,000 reported cases of abuse and/or neglect in 2012. Of these cases, many were for children most were under the age of 6 and involved sexual abuse. Due to underreporting, the actual number of children abused is likely higher. For the 1,161 cases reported in MN from July thru December 2012, most were female victims of sexual abuse, and usually, most perpetrators were relatives of the victim.
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