Prepping for Flu Season: CHLA Reactivating Wing to Accommodate Increased Patient Volume
8/29/2018 9:58:05 PM

LOS ANGELES—Last winter, the United States experienced one of the worst influenza (flu) seasons in nearly a decade. Thousands of children ended up in hospitals across the country, including at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), which set new records for inpatient census—the total number of patients admitted on a given day—during this period. In preparation for the upcoming 2018-2019 flu season, and to help manage patient admissions that continue to increase every year, CHLA has greenlighted a short-term construction project to renovate and reactivate 17 patient...

Washburn Professor: Langston Hughes Was Year Older
8/22/2018 10:22:33 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)—A professor in Kansas says that poet Langston Hughes may have been born a year earlier that what's on record. Hughes is commonly thought to have been born in 1902, spending his childhood in Topeka and Lawrence, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. But Washburn University professor Eric McHenry said he unearthed evidence that Hughes was actually born a year earlier. He said a Black newspaper called The Plaindealer had an entry from 1901 that indicated “Little Langston Hughes” was under the weather but improving. The “ephemeral...

New Study Provides Critical Insights On Unique Health Needs of African Americans
8/22/2018 9:22:21 AM

ORLANDO, Fla.—African Americans express more motivation to pursue a healthier lifestyle than non-African Americans, yet are less likely to describe themselves as being in good health, according to recent findings from the African American Health Engagement Study (AAHES), a collaboration of Pfizer, the National Medical Association (NMA) and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The AAHES study examines the health attitudes and behaviors of African Americans and reveals important health-related cultural differences compared to other non-African American respondent groups. Areas of...

Synthetic Pot Seen as a Public Health Danger
8/22/2018 9:19:24 AM

By Mike Stobbe   A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing on a batch of synthetic pot. A look at the issue:   WHAT IS IT? While states have moved to legalize traditional marijuana, synthetic marijuana has become a public health threat. Synthetic pot is a mind-altering drug made by taking plant...

Rent Control Fuels Costliest Fight on California 2018 Ballot
8/15/2018 8:42:46 PM

By Sophia Bollag   SACRAMENTO (AP)—A Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures is waging an expensive battle with the real estate industry over rent control in California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has poured more than $12 million into a November initiative it's spearheading to let cities and counties regulate rental fees in buildings that state law currently shields from such control. A $10 million contribution the foundation reported Wednesday made the initiative the most expensive on the 2018 ballot so...

Queen Latifah & Common Join at The Hollywood Bowl
8/15/2018 8:35:06 PM

The ever-versatile Queen Latifah returns to her throne for a soul-driven set showcasing the emotional power of her voice and her sophisticated presence as a singer. Fresh off his second Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Song – an award he won in 2013 for “Glory” – rapper, poet, and actor Common fuses social justice and large-hearted positivity for a highly charismatic performance. Their performance is next Wednesday night, August 23rd at 8pm at the Hollywood...

Music Festival to Honor Charles Neville
8/15/2018 8:32:40 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP)—Charles Neville, the legendary saxophone player for the Neville Brothers, is being honored by an annual music festival in Massachusetts. The fifth Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that opens Saturday has been designated a living monument to Neville, who died in April at age 79. The festival was co-founded by Neville's wife, Kristin Neville. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Nevilles' home city of New Orleans, Kristin worked with musicians and nonprofits there to help get artists back on their feet. Struck by the historical, cultural,...

No Easy Answers on Best Heart Check-Up for Young Athletes
8/15/2018 8:29:36 PM

By Lauren Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn't detect signs of trouble in some athletes who later died—yet allowed others at risk to get treated and back in the game. At issue is cardiac arrest, when the heart abruptly stops beating. It is rare in young people, especially athletes thought to be at the peak of health. But sometimes the strenuous exertion triggers an underlying heart problem and how to find the young...

As Trump Distorts NFL Players’ Messages Let’s Instead Join Together
8/15/2018 8:08:34 PM

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. As teams gear up for the NFL season, President Trump is reviving his destructive and diversionary attacks aimed at turning fans against players. The league office stepped in it, by unilaterally declaring that players who do not wish to stand during the national anthem, should stay in the locker room. The NFL players association had little choice but to force negotiations over that insult. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is a decent guy. But he stuck his foot in it as well, when he recently announced that the Cowboys had to stand for the anthem...

Getting Real About High School Graduation for Black and Brown Students
8/15/2018 8:06:25 PM

By Nate Davis   Our nation’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. The national figure shows 84 percent of young people, overall, graduating from high school within four years after first entering the 9th grade, a trend that has been on a consistent upswing since the 2010-2011 school year. Still, despite much progress with that indicator, major gaps still exist. And there is great concern that the graduation rate hype not only masks those gaps, but distracts us from what must be our ultimate goal: ensuring all students earn a high school diploma and are college and...