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What is depression?






By Dr. Dionne Hart, MD

The brain is vital to thinking, personality, mood, and daily function. Much of the brain’s functions remains a mystery; however, there is evidence depression is related to chemical changes in the brain. Depression is a medical illness that affects an individual’s mood, thought process, and function. A patient with depression may experience sadness most days, crying spells, anxiety, irritability, and an inability to feel enjoyment. Depressed patients often have difficulty concentrating, making decisions, completing goals, performing well at work or school, and recalling events. Continue Reading →

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How to get all the vitamin D you need




Welcome, MSR readers, to a new section you will see appear regularly in these pages, something we call Green2Green. Most of you by now have heard of the green movement to clean up our planet, stop the waste of precious natural resources, and get climate change under control. What is not always clear is just what this movement means to each one of us in our everyday lives. Nor is it always clear how this movement includes environmental justice issues of particular concern to communities of color. And finally, it is not always clear how the green movement can also save us green, as in Benjamin green, and is creating new opportunities for productive careers. Continue Reading →

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African American lupus ambassador shares her personal battle

Fifty-nine percent of Americans have limited knowledge about lupus and its destructive impact, yet one in every 200 individuals is estimated to live with lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune condition that is invisible to others but can cause extreme fatigue, painful and swollen joints, unexplained fever and skin rash. These attacks by the immune system can also lead to kidney failure, heart and lung inflammation, central nervous system abnormalities and blood disorders. Between 1.5 to two million Americans are currently diagnosed with lupus; 20 percent are children and 80 percent are girls. African American women are three times more likely to get lupus and tend to develop lupus at a younger age with more severe symptoms.

There is no single diagnostic test for lupus. Continue Reading →

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