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Is there more to see in your family tree?

Find out if glaucoma runs in your family

It may be easy to see that beauty is deeply rooted in your family tree. But some things that are passed down from generation to generation are not as easily seen — like glaucoma, an eye disease that runs in families and often has no warning signs. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals to the brain. It can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of this disease. Continue Reading →

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Understanding how food affects the body


Happy New Year! I pray that my last column (MSR, Dec. 11) gave you insight into how to live healthier and longer by understanding three simple concepts, including increasing vegetable and water intake and decreasing complex carbohydrate intake. I was hopeful that you were able to start using the three concepts as you move into this new year. This month, I want to help you understand what happens when you eat food. Continue Reading →

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New year, new career?


I witnessed several acquaintances embark on new career journeys in 2014. Some returned to college, others obtained new jobs, and others switched to new careers. In each case, calculated risks were taken, values were identified, and transferable skills were marketed. To be exact, in every case they had to identify their next job or career target. Some had just reached the conclusion that their current field no longer met their needs and they chose to act on that awareness. Continue Reading →

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With new ideas, things can change


A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. I currently have four years remaining of a 24-year sentence. Throughout this time I have witnessed many changes. As the years passed, it seemed to be the norm for a memo of a new rule or policy change that usually wasn’t beneficial for many. As discouraging as it all can be, I have in ways found myself numb from the “take-take” effect, but it has always been a fundamental core belief of mine to give voice when the opportunity presented itself. Continue Reading →

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Affirmations for African American health

MSR Health

In 2015, many people will make various New Year’s resolutions, from losing weight to going into business for themselves. While it’s a proven fact than many people don’t keep their resolutions after the second month, what needs to happen is that people move from making resolutions to declaring affirmations they will embrace throughout the year. And you don’t have to wait until 2015 to declare these personal oaths. Here 12 affirmations to enhance the mental, physical and spiritual health of the African American community:

1. We will value the life of all persons regardless of race, creed, color, nationality, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Continue Reading →

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