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Feb 14th

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Event set for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Saturday, March 10 at Center for Families, Minneapolis

In observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), local organizers will host an event to help raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in Minnesota. The event will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at the Center for Families, 3333 Fourth Ave. N., Minneapolis.

"A local coalition of agencies has dedicated itself to reaching women and girls about protecting themselves from HIV," said Peter Carr, manager of the STD and HIV Section, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). "Nationwide, as well in Minnesota, more and more women are becoming infected with HIV and we want to make sure our local communities become aware of the situation."

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Health disparities cause fi nancial burdens for families, communities and health care system

Health disparities cause fi nancial burdens for families, communities and health care system

 

WASHINGTON—Health disparities are creating economic burdens for families, communities and the nation’s health care system. Across the country, infant mortality and chronic diseases continue to affect people of color at rates far higher than those for whites.

In recent years, the focus has increased on the impact of disparities on minority communities, with public officials, community activists, civic leaders and health care experts proposing ways to improve access to medical care and raise awareness of positive benefits of preventive care. But health experts say the economic toll of health disparities and substantial costs associated with lost productivity are being overlooked.

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Lewis, Goins run to raise funds; raise awareness

Lewis, Goins run to raise funds; raise awareness

Last year Bianca “Cali” Lewis decided she would run a charity marathon, in part, to help raise money for her cousin who was at the time battling leukemia.

Before Lewis could participate in her first 26.2 mile run her cousin, Sabrina “Bucky” Walton, succumbed to the cancer. Walton was 43-years-old. Lewis decided she would still make the trip to San Diego and run – not to help her cousin, but to honor her memory. In the process, Lewis raised $3,548 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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The National Cancer Institute: What it is and what it means to you in addressing cancer's impact on communities of color

If you've been following Lifelines articles about your health, you've been connected to information from the National Cancer Institute, or NCI for short. NCI is a U.S. government agency and part of the National Institutes of Health. More than 40 years ago, the National Cancer Act gave NCI new authorities as the government's principal agency for cancer research and training, including the responsibility for coordinating the National Cancer Program. What does this mean? It means that NCI has an important federal mandate to direct programs that investigate all aspects of cancer, from prevention and early detection to treatment and survivorship. In addition, NCI was charged with ensuring that doctors, patients, and the public receive the latest information about cancer.

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Walking Your Way to Better Health, Wealth and Well-Being

Winter Walkoff 2012 Promotes a Walk a Day During February

One of the easiest, safest and least expensive forms of exercise and getting around doesn’t require a fancy gym membership, designer clothing or special training. In fact, you’ve been doing it practically your entire life: it’s walking!

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New automobile fuel economy standards

New automobile fuel economy standards

Dear EarthTalk: I read that car makers had agreed to up fuel economy standards to an average of about 55 miles per gallon by the year 2025, and that specifics were due to be hammered out by the end of 2011. Did this happen and where do things stand now?  -- Scott Ellis, Norwalk, CA

After years of wrangling on the issue, auto companies, regulators and policymakers have finally come to terms on increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicles plying American roads. According to the plan as formulated by the Obama administration, automakers will double the average, unadjusted fuel-economy rating of their car and light truck vehicle fleets to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 from today’s standard of 27 miles per gallon. Automakers which don’t meet the standards will be penalized $5.50 per 0.1 miles per gallon they fall below, multiplied by their total production for the U.S. market. Congress is likely to sign the new rules, which will start taking effect for the 2017 model year, into law this summer.



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Disease clusters

Disease clusters

Dear EarthTalk: There are many areas around the U.S. where “disease clusters” have occurred, whereby unusually large numbers of people have gotten sick, usually because of proximity to a polluter. What if anything is being done to remedy the situation?  -- Michael Sorenson, Natick, MA

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) defines a disease cluster as “an unusually large number of people sickened by a disease in a certain place and time.” The organization, along with the National Disease Clusters Alliance (NDCA), reported in March 2011 that it had identified 42 disease clusters throughout 13 U.S. states: Texas, California, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas, all chosen for analysis, states the report, “based on the occurrence of known clusters in the state, geographic diversity, or community concerns about a disease cluster in their area.”

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