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WASHINGTON (AP) — Several of the nation’s largest food companies say they will take 1.5 trillion calories out of their products by 2015 in an effort to reduce childhood obesity.

From the NY Times: In a controversial change to a longstanding policy concerning the practice of female circumcision in some African and Asian cultures, the American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting that American doctors be given permission to perform a ceremonial pinprick or “nick” on girls from these cultures if it would keep their families […]

From ABCNews.com: Taut abs and rippling muscles aren’t exactly the stuff grandmothers are known for. But then again neither are marathons and cell phones that play the theme to “Rocky.”

JOHANNESBURG — A leader in the search for a vaccine against HIV, which causes AIDS, said Friday that recent advances have given scientists new reason for hope.

Despite a recent article on The Root (and aggregated here on NewsOne) suggesting that recent reports of very high levels of herpes infection among Black women were inaccurate, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stands behind its findings. According to data gathered by the National Health and Nutrition Survey, 48% of African-American women are infected […]

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Alzheimer’s is just one of many illnesses and conditions that disproportionately affect Black people in America. Many such disparities could be corrected with the implementation of a more equitable health care system, and one that devotes adequate attention to preventive medicine.

Because of a disproportionate gap in health care coverage, among other things, African-Americans tend to be at higher risk for many life-threatening illnesses, including but not limited to breast cancer and heart disease. They also, often, lack access to treatment options and donors. To find out how you can help bridge this gap and to […]

CHICAGO – The odds of obesity appear stacked against black and Hispanic children starting even before birth, provocative new research suggests.

From Business Week: A new study finds a racial disparity in flu and pneumococcal vaccination rates among U.S. nursing-home residents: Blacks were 13 percent to 15 percent less likely to get vaccinated than whites.

CHICAGO — Paris Woods is hardly a poster child for the obesity epidemic. Lining up dripping wet with kids on her swim team, she’s a blend of girlish chunkiness and womanly curves.

From the NY Times: For years, Allison Ross rubbed in skin-lightening creams with names like Hyprogel and Fair & White. She said she wanted to even out and brighten the tone of her face, neck and hands.