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  • OxyElite Pro Supplements Recalled

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    Following actions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a Texas-based company has agreed to recall and destroy a dietary supplement linked to dozens of cases of acute liver failure and hepatitis, including one death and illnesses so severe that several patients required liver transplants.

    In addition to the recall of certain OxyElite Pro products, USPLabs assured FDA officials that it will destroy warehouse stocks of the supplement, with a retail value of about $22 million. FDA will oversee the destruction of the product.

  • The African American Health Coalition 

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    3:00pm-4:30pm

    United Way Conference Center – 50 Waugh Dr. , Houston, TX 77007 

    Members & non-members invited. 

    Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic would like to invite the community to Protect their family from the FLU with FREE FLU SHOTS for the community December 7th from 9a-12p at Moran Health Center  2615 Fannin  Ste. 2857 Houston, TX 77002 . No requirement needed. We appreciate your support in keeping our communities healthy.Nancy Bocanegra | Administrator/Coordinator | CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic
    2615 Fannin Suite 2857, Houston, TX  77002
    Dir 713.803.1883 | Main 713.803-1880 | Fax 713.652.5192CHRISTUSFoundation.org
  • Is Bottled Water Making You Fat?

Do chemicals lurking in bottled water and canned food increase your abdominal fat? A new study found that commonly-found toxins in plastics are linked to both general obesity and abdominal obesity.Read More

  • 50 Cent Launches “Formula 50” Workout

50 Cent launches exercise video

First albums, movies, vitamin water, energy drinks, books and a clothing line. Now, the popular rapper is launching his “Formula 50″ workout video series, and sharing his workout secrets with the world.Read More

The FDA is investigating reports of five deaths and a nonfatal heart attack in people who drank high-caffeine energy drinks made by the Monster Energy Company. Read More

  • Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products

  • German Drug Maker Apologizes to Victims of ThalidomideBy JOHN F. BURNS, The New York Times
    Published: September 1, 2012
    LONDON — Decades of campaigning by victims of thalidomide, a morning sickness drug, have taken a new turn, with the first apology in 50 years to the victims and their families by the drug’s German manufacturer — and an incensed rejection of the apology as too little and too late from many of those it was intended to placate. Read more…
  • Dr. Rahn Bailey Named 113th President of National Medical Association
    Dr. Rahn Kennedy Bailey, MD. FAPA, was installed as the 113th president of the National Medical Association (NMA) during the NMA 2012 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in New Orleans, LA. The official ceremony was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.  READ MORE
  • Inspector General: Law Prohibits Free Gifts for Medicaid Clients
  • Dr. Edith Irby Jones Wellness Retreat Center

  • Houston/Harris County-Community Transformation Initiative (CTI)
    Gateway to Care, as part of the Community Engagement process of the Houston/Harris County Community Transformation Initiative, will hold a group session on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Leon Grayson/Baldree Community Center, 13828 Corpus Christi, Houston, 77015.
    Please RSVP to Gateway to Care, Angel Rivera-Gonzalez  (281) 400-3650 or e-mail:  cti@gatewaytocare.org

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

  • 1,632 New Whooping Cough Cases in the Last Week Examiner,
    Charles Simmins, 07/05/2012
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have released their weekly report on the number of whooping cough cases in the nation. This data and that from three states with data posted on their own websites, show a total of 17,596 reported cases of pertussis in the United States this year. That number is an 8.9 percent increase from last week.
  • © 2012 All rights reserved.People with Medicare Beware: COBRA Is Not Coverage as a “Current” Employee
  • HEADLINES Romney would face tough road trying to repeal ‘Obamacare’ if electedUnless Republicans gain huge numbers in Congress, Mitt Romney likely would not have the votes to simply repeal the entire law.        » Read full article
  •  HHSC Targets Premature Births in Quest to Cut Costs
    photo by: Caleb Miller Bryant

    Natasha and Mark Rosen, of Austin, with baby Matthew, who was born 3 months premature, in Seton Medical Center Austin’s neonatal intensive care unit. Texas lawmakers are looking for ways to curb prenatal births and the high costs they present for the state’s Medicaid program.

    by Shefali Luthra
    A new state health program launched this week aims to reduce the number of women on Medicaid whose newborns require costly neonatal intensive care.

  • Breastfeeding Military Moms Spark Controversy

    May 30, 2012 · By itsbits

    From the public controversy over the latest Times breastfeeding cover, it may be no surprise that the pictures of two breastfeeding military moms is fueling some outrage.

    These photos were taken for a Breastfeeding Awareness  campaign by Mom2Mom of Fairchild Air Force Base, led by Crystal Scott, a military wife and mom-of-three.

    “A lot of people are saying it’s a disgrace to the uniform. They’re comparing it to urinating and defecating [while in uniform],” Scott angrily said. “It’s extremely upsetting. Defecating in public is illegal. Breast-feeding is not.”

    “I’m an X-ray tech and I breastfeed in my uniform all the time,” Scott also added. “Granted they’re scrubs. But people do it all the time in their uniforms. If you have a hungry baby, why would you take the time to change completely?”

    Terran Echegoyen-McCabe who was photographed nursing her twin daughters was shocked by the reactions.

    “I have breastfed in our lobby, in my car, in the park … and I pump, usually in the locker room,” Echegoyen-McCabe explained. “I’m proud to be wearing a uniform while breast-feeding. I’m proud of the photo and I hope it encourages other women to know they can breastfeed whether they’re active duty, guard or civilian.”

    “There isn’t a policy saying we can or cannot breast-feed in uniform,”  she also adds. “I think it’s something that every military mom who is breast-feeding has done. … I think we do need to be able to breast-feed in uniform and be protected.”

    While there are other breastfeeding photos, only the ones of Echegoyen-McCabe and her friend Christina Luna have sparked criticism.

    The pictures are not endorsed by the Air Force. In fact, Air Force spokesperson Captain Rose Richeson recently released a statement,  “Airmen should be mindful of their dress and appearance and present a professional image at all times while in uniform.” While there are no specific policies against breastfeeding, the military has been specifically strict about seemingly trivial activities while in uniform (e.g., Military personnel are not allowed to chew gum or carry non-black umbrellas while in uniform)

    So why do these images shock people? “I think a lot of people think that you can’t be a mom and be a soldier,” Scott explained. “This is not something that’s out of norm for them. They breastfeed in uniform all the time — it’s just not something that’s usually captured on film.”

    While there may and should be certain protocol for people in uniform, we can’t forget that these women are also mothers. What are your thoughts on the photos? Interestingly, only Echegoyen-McCabe’s photos have been specifically called out.

  • THE SHAVE SURVEY ASKS MEN WHEN, WHY AND HOW THEY WORK A RAZOR The Shave Survey asks men about their likes and dislikes, routines and experiences of shaving.Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) —  Bump Patrol and The Source magazine are conducting a brief survey to find out what men think about shaving:  what they like about it, and what bothers them, do they “manscape,” when, why and how they shave, and who taught them how to finesse a razor across their face for the very first time. The Shave Survey can be found online at www.ShaveSurvey.comthroughout the month of June. Results will be made public Fall 2012.Men who take the survey will be automatically entered to win a $250 WalMart gift card or a set of shaving gels and aftershaves from Bump Patrol.About Bump Patrol Bump Patrol was introduced in 1993 and is now the No. 1 razor bump treatment brand in the market, according to IRI Data.  Recommended by barbers and dermatologists and formulated to work with a wet razor, electric razor or clippers, Bump Patrol aftershave treatment effectively eliminates and prevents razor bumps and burn. For shaving tips and information about Bump Patrol, visit www.bumppatrol.com.

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  • Chagas Disease: ‘AIDS of the Americas’?
  • 5 Diseases Doctors Misdiagnose In Blacks
    www.blackdoctor.org
    1.  Lupus
    2.  Sarcoidosis
    3.  COPD
    4.  Hepatitis C
    5.  Hypothyroidism
  • A free pair of eyeglasses from Target for any child ages 12 and under who brings a valid prescription for glasses from their doctor. You can find stores with optical departments at www.target.com.
  •   FDA panel recommends approval of drug to prevent HIV infection
    An FDA advisory panel for the first time recommended that a drug be approved to prevent HIV infections. The drug, Truvada, could be marketed to uninfected men who have sex with men and uninfected partners of HIV-infected individuals, the panel said.

Read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/

  • Hepatitis Risk Found At Barbershops & Nail Salons 
    Before going to get a fresh cut or your “nails did,” you may want to consider this potential health concern. Customers in nail salons and barbershops may be at risk for hepatitis infection.
  • Fibromyalgia – May 2012
    Up to six million Americans have fibromyalgia (FM) — an often misdiagnosed pain condition with widespread muscle pain — yet half may not know they have it. Timely diagnosis and management of FM is a real barrier for many people living with the condition, even though scientific understanding of FM has increased and FDA-approved treatments are now available.
  • African Pride® Hair Care introduces Their “BACK TO NATURAL” COLLECTION – Shea Butter Miracle
    Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) —  Strength of Nature® Global introduces their newest addition to the African Pride Hair Care Family of Brands – the all new, moisture intense African Pride® Shea Miracle Collection. African Pride®’s Shea Butter Miracle Collection is for Mixed Textures(TM) Curly, Kinky-Coily, Wavy, Frizzy & Transitioners. Following African Pride’s successful re-launch of the Olive Miracle Collection and introduction of the DreamKids line, the bar is set high for Shea Butter Miracle.  Compiling extensive consumer research and intense product development, Strength of Nature® Global has developed a line extension that maintains affordability and true effectiveness in the mass market category.
  • Spiritual Crossroads: Faith, Mental Health and the African American Community

Abuse complaints at state hospitals to get more scrutiny after Austin case
ByAndrea Ball and  Eric Dexheimer
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Now you need a photo ID to purchase Sudafed in Texas.

Kidney Health Screening
Saturday, March 24, 2012
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
3rd Ward Mlti-Functional Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston TX 77004
Contact: Dathan Johnson 1-214-351-2393 or via email: dathan.johnson@kidney.org

Hope Through Grace 6th Annual Walk-a-thon.

“ON THE MOVE TO STAMPING OUT COLON CANCER”

March 26th, 2011
8:00am – 12:00pm

Tom Bass Park III
Pavilion 6
15108 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77047

Will you help us “Stamp Out Colorectal Cancer?”

Hepatitis C Death Rate Creeps Past AIDS More people in the United States now die from hepatitis C each year than from AIDS, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 3.2 million people are currently infected with hepatitis C. Using data on more than 22 million deaths and their causes, researchers found that hepatitis C death rates increased to almost 5 per 100,000 people in 2007 from fewer than 3 per 100,000 in 1999. Over the same period, the H.I.V. death rate declined to a little more than 4 per 100,000 from more than 6 per 100,000. There were 15,106 deaths due to hepatitis C in 2007, almost 75 percent of them among people ages 45 to 64. The report appears in the Feb. 21 issue of The Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. John W. Ward, director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the C.D.C. and an author of the study, said that there was now a treatment that was about 70 percent effective at clearing the virus from the body. But, he said, most infected people are unaware of their condition and do not receive treatment. “The declines in H.I.V. reflect the accomplishments in building a public health response to the epidemic that improved screening and provided means of access to effective treatment,” he said, adding that having a similar program for hepatitis C would help achieve similar results. From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation News Digest: Public Health e-mail, 2/29/12

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