Health

Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Environmental activists at Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust in the air. The dust has been linked to an uptick in premature deaths now estimated at 2,700 every year. Greenpeace is pushing its campaign in the wake of […]

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A rap to the bladder

A rap to the bladder

| September 9, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. MPH  Just below the navel on your body is the area where the bladder lies internally. Tenderness in this area can often signal that a bladder infection may be in progress. The bladder of course, is the storage space for urine that is derived from both kidneys. When the bladder […]

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Vitamin D is desirable

Vitamin D is desirable

| August 28, 2014

Dr. Gerald Deas By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Recently, it has been reported that an increase in the intake of vitamin D has resulted in preventing an early death  caused by heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Although it is not certain exactly how much vitamin D should be taken on a daily basis, it is […]

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Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

| August 28, 2014

(GIN)–An airlift of emergency supplies needed for those treating Liberians with the virus Ebola was launched this past weekend by the U.N. children’s fund–known as Unicef. “The largest component of the supplies was chlorine,” for disinfection, said Unicef’s representative in Liberia, Sheldon Yetts. Other supplies in the airlift were oral rehydration salts and sodium lactate […]

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Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross

| August 27, 2014

FORT WAYNE—The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease […]

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Wellness, fitness classes at McMillen Center

| August 26, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Transitional Health Inc. is scheduled to host two nutrition and fitness educational classes—dubbed Back To Basics—from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 9 and Sept. 11 at McMillen Park Community Center, 3901 Abbott St. Back To Basics is a health and wellness class that provides nutritional and fitness guidance towards a healthy lifestyle. Participants […]

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A hard head makes a soft tail

A hard head makes a soft tail

| August 26, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I was a kid, and I performed an antisocial act, my parents would say, “A hard head will make a soft tail.” Not fully understanding this statement, I would continue unintentionally aggravating my parents and suddenly without warning, I would get a firm slap (at least two), on my […]

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Mental illness, violence no laughing matter

Mental illness, violence no laughing matter

| August 24, 2014

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times “For too long we have swept the problems of mental illness under the carpet… and hoped that they would go away.”―Richard J. Codey “…of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”—1 Chronicles 12:32 […]

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Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

| August 21, 2014

(GIN)–A commission hearing testimony on last year’s deadly miners’ strike, heard that white employees at the Lonmin mine got preferential treatment at the expense of their black counterparts, provoking anger and resentment. “There is still segregation in the mines based on race,” rockdrill operator Shadrack Zandisile Mtshamba told the commission in Pretoria. “All white people […]

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Health halo around sports drinks has dark side

| August 21, 2014

By Viji Sundaram Special to the NNPA from New America Media Researchers at the school’s Atkins Center for Weight and Health studied 21 sugary drinks popular with young people that were touted by their manufacturers as enhancing “health and strength.” They concluded that the manufacturers were putting what researchers called a “health halo” over the […]

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