Tag: African American

Peanut Allergy more Prevalent in Black Kids

Peanut Allergy more Prevalent in Black Kids

American researchers have recently conducted a study which suggests that black children may be more susceptible to developing peanut allergy. After studying the genetic profiles of a group of children from diverse racial origins around three years old, the researchers have concluded that black children were more prone to develop peanut allergy. The reason for [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Lupus disease

Lupus disease

Lupus is a disease of the autoimmune system affecting the skin, internal organs, joints, and circulatory systems. Some of the statistics concerning lupus disease include the following – It is eight times more likely to affect women than men The usual age of sufferer is between ten and fifty years of age It appears to [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Predicting your menopause age

Predicting your menopause age

It is very common for women to wonder what their menopause age will be, especially as they get older. It may even be somewhat of a concern if you are considering starting a family later in life. Why predict menopause age For some women it may be out of curiosity but for others roughly knowing [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Gleason Score

Gleason Score

Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that originates in the prostate, a small walnut-sized gland that is a part of the male reproductive tract. Gleason score is used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer to estimate the spread of the disease. Salient Features Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men over the [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Inflammatory Breast Disease

Inflammatory Breast Disease

Inflammatory breast disease is quite rare, is not easy to detect and this disease is more dangerous because of all of this. Breast cancer will normally start as one single tumour that is usually a painless and hard lump appearing in the underarm or breast area. This disease does not have what we would consider [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Lymphoma cancer

Lymphoma cancer

Lymphoma cancer is a disease of the lymphatic system, studies indicate that around 70% of those affected by this particular cancer are aged 50 or over; the condition appears to affect more men than women and is less prevalent amongst the African-American population than the Caucasian population. What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Breastfeeding May Cut Risk of Some Breast Cancers

Breastfeeding May Cut Risk of Some Breast Cancers

There is an aggressive form of breast cancer known as ER-negative. Although rarer than the ER-positive it is much harder to treat successfully. One professional says of ER-negative breast cancer, “It has a worse outlook”. ER-negative means estrogen receptor-negative and ER-positive means estrogen receptor-positive. This means that estrogen is required for the ER-positive cancer to [...]

November 12, 2012 More

Menarche

The average age of menarche, or first menstruation, in the United States is 12.88 years for Caucasian girls and 12.16 years for African American girls. A popular misconception is that menarche marks the beginning of puberty; in reality, menarche occurs later in puberty. According to the widely used “five Tanner stages” of pubertal development, the [...]

September 17, 2011 More
Keloids

Keloids

Keloids are a benign skin tumor characterized by excessive proliferation of scar tissue. They usually arise at sites of trauma or prior surgery, but occasionally arise spontaneously in areas prone to high skin tension. They develop as a result of increased activity of fibroblasts, the cell type responsible for the production of scar tissue collagen [...]

September 15, 2011 More
Gender Role

Gender Role

Gender roles are generally defined as sex-based categories that specify appropriate rules of conduct for males and females in a particular culture or society. Although grounded in biological differences between males and females, gender roles are social constructs. Simply put, based on the anatomical difference between men and women, each is prescribed varying and often [...]

September 12, 2011 More
African American womens

African American womens

African American (AA) women’s health care has been and continues to be unacceptably poor. Some AA women are numbered in the lowest socio-economic status for both wealth and education. Many of them live and raise their families under conditions of poverty with a primary concern for the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Health [...]

July 28, 2011 More

State of the HIV/AIDs epidemic

Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates that the number of people living with HIV/AIDS is rapidly approaching 50 million, of whom almost 50% are women. In several regions of the world, the proportion of women exceeds 50%. The United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) program estimates that 5 million new HIV infections occurred in 2001, or approximately [...]

July 28, 2011 More

Social/Psychosocial challenges and needs

Many social/psychosocial issues, including homosexuality, drug use, mental illness, racism, homelessness, and poverty, are linked inextricably to the context of HIV/AIDS by association with the communities that it has heavily impacted, in addition to the clinical challenges of the disease itself and its toll on the health and well-being of those infected. For many women [...]

July 28, 2011 More