Shedding Light on the ‘Invisible Symptoms’ of Sickle Cell Disease
10/24/2018 3:53:20 PM

What I’ve heard time and time again from people living with SCD is that they often feel isolated in their journey. Kyle, a patient living with SCD, recently summed it up nicely when he said, “Sometimes it is hard to just get out of bed. What it means to live in pain is not something that many can truly understand.” For Kyle and many others who struggle with the invisible symptoms of SCD, I want to focus this column on the mental health challenges of SCD. It’s an important aspect of the disease that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. Only by increasing...

“The Trial of the Century” from a Black Journalist’s View
10/17/2018 9:16:07 PM

By Erick Johnson   The “Trial of the Century” in Chicago is over. No more morning rush hour drives to the courthouse and going through metal detectors. No more early-morning reports on Chicago’s iconic WVON radio station, called in from a musty parking garage across from a building where so many Black males have gone through and which too few bad cops have stepped foot in.  But for all the sacrifices and headaches of covering the murder trial of Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, it was worth it. Finally seeing a police officer led out of the courtroom left...

White Privilege and Sexism Merge at the U.S. Supreme Court
10/17/2018 9:14:47 PM

By Austin R. Cooper   As I sat in my hotel room in West Africa watching Justice Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, I was reminded of what several Africans have said to me since the election of President Donald Trump: “So my American friend, how does it feel to live under a dictator? Welcome to the African way.” On the afternoon of September 27th, I posted on Facebook: “Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is not only poised, but also credible. Without a doubt, she is being truthful. The Brett Kavanaugh nomination is dead.” Clearly, I was...

Who Will We Welcome? Will We Welcome the Children?
10/17/2018 9:12:58 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34) Every third weekend of October many thousands of people of faith come together all across America for the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® celebrations launched by the Children’s Defense Fund to unite congregations across religious traditions to respond to the divine mandate to nurture, protect,...

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Fails to Forgive
10/17/2018 9:04:01 PM

Across the nation and multiple generations, student loan debt now surpasses $1.5 trillion. The anxiety shared by borrowers from all walks of life seeking ways to lift this unsustainable consumer debt affects multiple life dimensions. In some cases, these burdensome debts threaten the future of America’s middle class. recent developments hold potential for struggling consumers. On September 28, the independent and nonpartisan General Accounting Office (GAO) released findings on the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Eligible student loan borrowers who have...

“Two Takes on Kavanaugh Elevation to Supreme Court”
10/10/2018 11:03:07 PM

Senator Kamala Harris WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on her vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: “When Judge Brett Kavanaugh was first nominated, I said that he represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise inscribed above the Supreme Court, ‘Equal Justice Under Law.’ In the weeks since then, the basis for my concern has been confirmed. Senate Republicans used raw power to rush an unfit nominee...

Don’t Believe the Hype – Vote, Our Lives Depend on It
10/10/2018 10:55:56 PM

By Derrick Johnson President and CEO of the NAACP   In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we were wrong. Political forecasters, pollsters, elected officials, and even media told us that the 45th President of our nation would be a woman named Hillary Clinton, but they were wrong. In many cases, the margin between who became president and who lost the race was a slim few thousand votes. For example, in the 2016 Presidential election, the winning margin was less than 2 percent in Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and two other states. Though the popular vote was won...

Dialysis Clinics, Union Fight Over California Proposition 8
10/10/2018 9:59:21 PM

By Sophia Bollag   SACRAMENTO (AP)—A ballot measure restricting profits at dialysis clinics has overtaken initiatives on the gas tax and rent control to become the most expensive California proposition this cycle. The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West has poured roughly $20 million into Proposition 8 on the November ballot. The measure would cap profits for dialysis clinics, which provide vital treatment for people without functioning kidneys. The largest for-profit dialysis providers—DaVita, Fresenius, and U.S. Renal...

LAC+USC HOSTS 5th ANNUAL KIDZ HEALTH FAIR
10/10/2018 9:58:03 PM

Screenings, Nutrition Counseling, Health Education, and More LAC+USC Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics is holding its 5th Annual Kidz Health Fair on Saturday, October 13th. The community is invited to attend and enjoy the children festivities and interact with healthcare professionals about the variety of specialties offered at the facility. Additionally, community sponsors will be on-hand to provide health education, nutrition and exercise counseling, injury prevention tips, car and booster seat safety, and much more. “LAC+USC Medical Center is committed to serving the...

Downtown LA Sees Cases of Flea-Borne Typhus
10/10/2018 9:56:46 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Public health authorities are investigating an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in downtown Los Angeles. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis announced this week that although typhus can occur throughout the county, several cases have occurred in the downtown area. Typhus is a disease caused by bacteria found in infected fleas that can come from many kinds of animals including cats, rats and opossums. Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headaches and rashes. Accumulations of trash that attract animals like rats may increase the risk of exposure. Typhus is...