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Depression: A silent killer?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 13.3 minutes another person dies from suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death in America. Robin Williams had been very public about his long struggle with depression and substance abuse, and we all felt a great sadness when he recently took his own life. A statement from the Association of Suicidality is as follows:

“On behalf of the American Association of Suicidality (AAS) our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Robin Williams. The sad reality is that severe mental illness has claimed another life, and while nearly all of us are familiar with the great work of Mr. Williams, we are perhaps less aware or impacted by 107 other suicides that occurred yesterday (or the 108 that will occur today, based on the national average). “Robin Williams was the consummate ‘funnyman’ who brought joy, laughter and pleasure to millions around the world. While we won’t dare speculate on contributors to recent events in a life that we know little about, Mr. Williams’ challenges related to substance abuse and mental illness were public knowledge.”

Other high-profile suicide deaths include Don Cornelius of Soul Train, the movie, and Fame, and more recently, Lee Thompson Young, former Disney star “Jett Jackson.” It can sometimes be difficult to understand why people take their own lives. Continue Reading →

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June is Men’s Health Month

In 1994, Congress declared June as Men’s Health Month to recognize men’s health as a family issue and highlight its impact on wives, mothers, daughters and sisters. Men’s Health Month also heightens awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among males. One of the keys to good health is preventive care with routine screenings for diseases such as: Diabetes; Cholesterol; High Blood pressure; Prostrate Cancer and Heart Disease. Heart disease is the number-one cause of death for both men and women. Below is a list of risk factors for heart disease:

• Age 45 or older? Continue Reading →

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Local churches take up fight against diabetes

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Diabetes is the “gateway disease” that often can lead to other health concerns, especially for Blacks. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one of every three Blacks in this country either has diabetes or is pre-diabetic, and nearly 39 percent of Black Minnesotans’ deaths are caused by diabetes. As a result, Stairstep Foundation/His Works United, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health, has partnered with 11 local Black churches to host classes to help people avoid becoming diabetic. “My church has been doing this way before other churches,” claims local school nurse Beverly Propes, a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Her church and Wayman AME Church have been partners in this effort for about five years. Continue Reading →

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Blacks are four times more likely to develop kidney disease

Early detection essential to controlling the condition

By Robin James

Contributing Writer

Eliminating health disparities is hard work, particularly when it comes to tackling the list of disparities directly related to the African American population. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is linked to that list of health challenges. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has designated March as National Kidney Month to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure. The risk of kidney disease is linked directly to higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, two of the leading causes of kidney disease. This increase is thought to be closely linked to rising rates of obesity. Continue Reading →

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Retired baseball player brings attention to autism


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



One in 88 U.S. children — boys are about five times more likely than girls — is diagnosed with autism according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, the federal research agency also points out that the greatest rate of increase is among Blacks and Latinos. According to, there are several reasons why Black children are not diagnosed and treated earlier, including lack of access to health care, distrust of medical professionals, racism and class. It also reports that too often Black children with autism are more often misdiagnosed with other disorders or behavioral problems, especially young Black boys at school. “There are so many dynamics to autism,” says former major league baseball player Reggie Sanders, who started the Reggie Sanders Foundation in 1992 primarily to help provide resources and promote more public awareness on autism. Continue Reading →

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