Vertus Hardiman: A Man With Courage

The victim of an unethical secret U.S government radiation experiment in 1928, Vertus Hardiman did not let a severe deformity prevent him from living a full life. His remarkable story was told in a documentary,...

The Root Causes of Unhealthy Communities

Sixty-two percent of Americans say they are very concerned about their health.* It’s unsurprising that those who express the most concern are most vulnerable, underserved, and lacking economic means and educational gains. By contrast, a...

Black Ohio Woman, 113, is Now the oldest Person in the US

The Associated Press CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A 113-year-old woman living in suburban Cleveland is believed to be the oldest person in the United States after the death of a 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Cleveland.com reports...

Bill Introduced to Improve Maternal Healthcare

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] Expectant mothers face challenges when seeking quality prenatal care in the District of Columbia.  Economic and transportation barriers contribute to the District’s infant mortality rate which is...

Chickenpox and Shingles

Almost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood. In the United States, chickenpox affects about 4 million persons per year, mostly children. In temperate climates, most cases occur in the late winter and spring.  Although most people...

Protesters Rally Against UMC Budget Cuts

By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFRO Protesters gathered across the street from the John A. Wilson building Tuesday to protest, what organizers consider, harsh cuts on the United Medical Center in Ward 8...

Howard University Hospital Announces WIC Center

By Tyra Wilkes, Special to the AFRO Howard University Hospital announced the opening of their Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Family Center at the Joint Base Anacostia –Bolling (JBAB), located at 53 MacDill Boulevard (Building 53)...

Tina Turner Reveals Husband Gave Her Kidney for Transplant

By The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Tina Turner has revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her husband. The 78-year-old singer says in an upcoming autobiography that she has suffered...

Mayor Bowser Tackles Measles

By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRO District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is giving residents easier access to vaccination in an effort to combat the nation wide measles outbreak before it has the chance to...

D.C. Health Warns Against Disease

By Tyra Wilkes, Special to the AFRO The District of Columbia Health Department is warning residents against an increase in an intestial illness, called Cyclosporiasis, after 14 people have been diagnosed in 2019 compared to 8...

Air Pollution vs. People of Color

By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRO As the 2020 race for Presidency of the United States unfolds, climate change is amongst one of the most pressing issues that the candidates are being asked to share...

‘Survive, Not Enjoy’: Heat, Humidity Gripping Half the US

By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races, chased baseball fans out of...
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