January Special!
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...

FDA Expands Use of Cervical Cancer Vaccine Up to Age 45
10/10/2018 9:56:02 PM

By Linda A. Johnson   U.S. regulators have expanded the use of Merck's cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved use of Gardasil 9 (GARR'-duh-sill) for women and men through 45. The vaccine protects against the human papilloma virus—or HPV—which can cause cervical cancer, certain other cancers and genital warts. The virus is very common and is spread through sex. The shots are particularly recommended for boys and girls...

Long Beach Eliminates Convenience Fee for Utility Payments
10/10/2018 9:38:07 PM

LONG BEACH—There's good news today for Long Beach residents who want to pay their municipal utility bills with a credit card—they'll no longer be charged a $3.75 “convenience fee.” The city also eliminated a 95-cent fee charged to customers who pay with an eCheck. “Eliminating this charge has been a priority for us and I'm glad we are finally implementing this change,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “No resident should be penalized for paying utilities online and glad that past practice ends today.” According to...

California Rent Control Ballot Measure Prompts Fierce Fight
10/10/2018 9:31:47 PM

By Sophia Bollag   SACRAMENTO (AP)—Californians who rent apartments built after 1995, single-family homes or condominiums have limited protections from rising prices under a state law passed that year that significantly restricts rent control. That could change if voters pass Proposition 10 in November. The ballot measure would let cities and counties across California expand or enact rent control by overturning the 1995 law, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. It's one of the highest profile and most expensive issues this election season as California faces a...

End Cruelty to Immigrant Families and Children
10/3/2018 11:19:59 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   July 26 was the deadline set by a court for the Trump administration to reunite all children and parents who were cruelly separated from each other at the border by their zero-tolerance immigration policy. Yet we are about to enter October with about 400 children still separated from their families. Nearly two-thirds of these children’s parents have reportedly already been deported without being reunited with their children. Immigrant advocates say some migrant parents agreed to be deported quickly with the understanding that it would speed up their...

America’s Favorite Dad Is a Convicted Rapist
10/3/2018 11:17:25 AM

By Nsenga K. Burton   America’s favorite Dad is now behind bars. A sad ending to a fairytale story of success against all odds in an entertainment industry not known for being historically kind to Black folk has come to an end. Bill Cosby, a man much admired and revered for his groundbreaking rise in Hollywood as an actor and then as a creator of one of the most successful television shows in television history (The Cosby Show), was sentenced to 3 to 10 years for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. America’s favorite dad has been found guilty in one of 60...

The Dirty Water Rule Will Heighten the Clean Water Crisis for Black Americans
10/3/2018 11:14:08 AM

By Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D., FACP   Clean water is a basic human right. Still, too many low-income communities and communities of color are not receiving their right of clean water. They are being wronged and are suffering from contaminated drinking water due to failing infrastructure and polluted water and air.  At the National Medical Association (NMA), we see firsthand how this crisis in clean water creates a variety of healthcare problems for Black patients and their families. The NMA represents the voices of African American physicians and patients nationwide. We are...