Cervical Cancer Deaths Higher among Black Women

  Regular Pap Tests, HPV Testing Vital for Prevention, Survival Rates By Kimberly N. Alleyne Reporting on Disparities Approximately 4,200 women die from cervical cancer each year and research shows when African-American women are diagnosed they are twice as likely to die as their Caucasian peers. Regular Pap smear testing is vital in preventing and…

Law Enforcement Gaps Leave Native Women Vulnerable to Rape and Domestic Violence

  By Kimberly N. Alleyne WASHINGTON—A gap in law enforcement on Native American lands creates an environment in which Native women suffer a higher rate of violence than any demographic in the United States, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Census Bureau and advocacy organizations. The Justice Department has…

Vaccination and the Flu: Your Best Shot for Health

  The flu is here. Are you ready? Approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. Those with chronic diseases are even more susceptible to these complications. For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working hard to ensure that high-risk communities are educated about the benefits of vaccination. People…

African-American Elders Growing in Numbers, but Who Will Tend to Them?

  African-Americans are living longer, and the number of individuals age 65 and older will triple by 2050. This population boom has deep implications for long-term medical care and the needs for aging elders. The demand for caregivers is also expected to swell. Despite the availability of nursing and assisted living facilities, historically, African-Americans have…