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Hands in a heart shape
Tags: African American women, heart disease, healthy lifestyle, minority and underserved populations, diabetes, obesity
As an African American woman, I am aware that I’m in one of the highest-risk groups for dying from heart disease but my non-inherited risk factors are manageable.Heart disease, diabetes, obesity and inactivity are risk... (read more)
Female meditating
Tags: meditation, Cancer, depression, caregivers, mental calmness, prostate cancer, Breast cancer, mind-body health
A cancer survivor responds to stress in various detrimental ways, including psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical issues, such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate and elevated blood... (read more)
Tags: Breast cancer, depression, stress, Latinas, underserved population, caregivers, telephone
Caring for a loved one with a cancer diagnosis can influence every aspect of a family's quality of life. It also can lead to depression, the most common mental health disorder in the world, according to the Centers for... (read more)
Wine and Chocolate
Tags: Cardiovascular Health, heart health, whole foods, diet, chocolate, alcohol
When it comes to decisions of the heart, February can be a complicated month. Do you follow your heart health and stick to your mostly whole food, plant-based diet – or do you feel pulled in the direction of the heart-... (read more)
Pregnancy and oral health
Tags: oral health, pregnancy, pre-term deliveries, low birth weight, perodontitis, dental care, heart disease, new-born health
Good oral health is more than just a nice smile. Having good oral health improves a person’s ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew and eat. Untreated tooth decay leads to needless pain and... (read more)
Tags: prostate cancer, African American men, aging, genetics, vitamin D, UV light, sun
Prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in men. However, the chance that someone will get prostate cancer depends on a lot of different factors.On average, about 13 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate... (read more)
Tags: sports, sun protection, skin cancer, dehydration, heat stroke, nutrition, safety gear, head injuries, eating disorders
The start of a new school year can only mean one thing: fall sports season is here. As a family nurse practitioner with the Mobile Health Program, I am seeing lots of eager, young athletes at our family practice and pediatric... (read more)
Tags: Atrial Fibrillation. AFib, heart health, stroke risk, pacemakers
It’s a common scenario in a cardiology clinic when the cardiologist informs the patient they have atrial fibrillation (AFib), an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating. Shock and fear take over,... (read more)
Tags: Teen pregnancy, poverty, mental health, diabetes, contraceptives, family planning, high-risk births
Unintended pregnancies, especially teen pregnancy and its social consequences, are a significant cause of inter-generational poverty and poor health outcomes. Teen mothers are less likely to finish high school or college, meaning... (read more)
Tags: hospice, family, Patient Care, home care
As a hospice nurse for more than 15 years, I know how difficult accepting an incurable diagnosis can be. Considering hospice care for a loved one or yourself can feel scary and overwhelming. Often, these feelings are heightened... (read more)

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