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Healthy Recipe: Black Bean Burgers

Black beans make the best veggie burgers. They are a delicious, nutritious, low-fat alternative to regular ground beef burgers. Their rich taste and meaty texture makes them a favorite among vegetarians and carnivores alike. Corn, cilantro, cumin, and a little kick of cayenne give our bean burgers an irresistible hint of Tex-Mex style that is only improved by a slice of creamy avocado.
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Low Vitamin D Levels Found in Young People of Color

Vitamin D levels were low in most otherwise healthy Black and Latino adolescents, according to a new study from the University of Houston (UH) College of Nursing. What’s worse, those levels continue to drop as these youths age. “Black and Hispanic populations have a markedly high prevalence of vitamin...
HOUSTON, TX

Assessing the HIV Community’s Needs and Concerns About Long COVID

COVID-19 and long COVID continue to impact people’s lives, including those of people living with HIV. A recent survey, report and webinar assessed the HIV community’s concerns regarding COVID-19 and offered community leaders recommendations for meeting the needs of the HIV population at this moment in history. Titled...
PUBLIC HEALTH

100 Million People in America Are Saddled With Health Care Debt

Elizabeth Woodruff drained her retirement account and took on three jobs after she and her husband were sued for nearly $10,000 by the New York hospital where his infected leg was amputated. Ariane Buck, a young father in Arizona who sells health insurance, couldn’t make an appointment with his doctor...
HEALTH

Long COVID Symptoms Linked to Inflammation

The effects of COVID-19 can persist long after the initial symptoms of the illness are gone. These effects, called post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (or PASC), can include brain fog, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Long COVID—when symptoms last weeks or months after the acute infection has passed—affects about 2.5% of COVID patients. While patients who were hospitalized are more susceptible, even those with mild cases can experience Long COVID.
PUBLIC HEALTH

Why Are Black and Latino Children at Greater Risk for Asthma?

The likelihood of developing asthma was higher for children raised in more densely populated or poorer neighborhoods, while Black and Latino children had a higher incidence of asthma regardless of neighborhood income. The multi-institutional study spanning 40 years was published in JAMA Pediatrics and analyzed data from nearly 6,000 children...

Native Americans Must Travel Farther to Access Cancer Care

American Indians and Alaska Natives travel some 40 miles more than other racial and ethnic groups in order to access radiation therapy for cancer, according to study results published in the journal Value in Health. “Up to 60% of cancers require access to radiation therapy, which can be delivered only...
ALASKA STATE

National HIV Testing Day 2022

Monday, June 27, marks National HIV Testing Day (#HIVTestingDay and #NHTD) 2022. Knowing your HIV status is a vital step in both taking care of your own health and preventing HIV transmission, hence this year’s theme: “HIV Testing Is Self-Care.”. The Centers for Disease Control reports that HIV...
HEALTH

Mood and Cognition Improve After Hepatitis C Cure

People who were successfully treated for hepatitis C with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy experienced improvements in their mood and cognition, according to study results published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. Over time, chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can lead to severe liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer....

Healthy Recipe: Southwestern Kale Salad

This is one tasty, easy meal. Softer salad greens like lettuce would wilt from sitting in citrus juice, but raw kale actually gets better. The citrus dressing “cooks” the kale, softening the tough leaves, while adding a tangy flavor to the whole salad. Creamy avocado, sweet roasted corn, and protein-packed black beans round out this filling and colorful salad.
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Latinas Experience Highest Rate of Inaccurate Mammogram Results

Researchers from UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, discovered racial disparities among mammography results and found that Latinas have the least accurate results. The multi-institutional study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention reviewed over 265,000 diagnostic mammograms from 98 facilities; women were followed for one...
CHAPEL HILL, NC

Patient Navigation Plays a Role in Improving Cancer Outcomes

Patient navigation, trained individualized assistance that guides patients, families and caregivers through a complex care system, is one of the only evidence-based interventions to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity across the cancer continuum. A new supplement to the journal Cancer, “A Decade Later: The State of Patient Navigation in Cancer Care” published [June 14] by the National Navigation Roundtable (NNRT) includes 13 free articles outlining the impact of patient navigation and the critical role it plays in improving outcomes for cancer patients.
CANCER

A Proposal in the Senate to Import Drugs From Other Countries

Harmony is not often found between two of the most boisterous senators on Capitol Hill, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But it was there at [the June 14] Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee markup of legislation to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration’s user fee program, which is set to expire September 30.
CONGRESS & COURTS

Over 100 HIV Groups Urge Congress to Fund a PrEP Program

Over 100 HIV organizations cosigned a letter to Congress requesting that members fund a program to expand access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, the daily pills and long-acting injections that prevent HIV. The letter was addressed to leaders of the Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal spending and is currently working...
U.S. POLITICS

Hospital Patient Data Secretly Sent to Facebook, Alleges Lawsuit

Facebook has been receiving private medical data thanks to the tracking tool Meta Pixel, which is installed on many hospital websites, according to a report published June 16 by The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom. The next day, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook parent company Meta, alleging that the company violated health privacy rules.
LAW

U.S. Awards $115M Through Ryan White Funds to End HIV

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $115 million to 60 recipients to help end the HIV epidemic through efforts to prevent transmission and to connect people living with HIV to care and treatment. The funding arrives through the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides services to low-income people living with and at risk of HIV, according to an HHS press release.
HEALTH