332064LOGOBRCA Gene Mutations Associated with Increased Prostate Cancer Risk

Though predominantly known for their increased associations with breast cancer risk, germline mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are also associated with an increased susceptibility to other diseases, including prostate cancer. New data being presented during the 111th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) highlights new research on the role that genetic sequencing and testing could play in prostate cancer screening and treatment. Three studies will be highlighted by study authors during a special press conference, moderated by Dr. Brian Helfand, on May 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Click here to continue

Decipher® Predicts Metastasis and Identifies Biomarkers Predictive of Aggressive Disease in African American Men

logoStudy published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology provides biomarker insights into racial disparity in prostate cancer outcomes & shows that Decipher successfully stratifies African American men for metastasis

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – GenomeDx Biosciences announced today that its commercially-available Decipher® testing platform identified, with statistical significance, a set of prostate cancer biomarkers predictive of aggressive disease in African American men after radical prostate surgery. This represents the first and only study describing a set of genomic markers that have the ability to predict tumor aggressiveness in a race-dependent manner. Click here to continue

Acessa™ Procedure for Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids Now Covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

LA26268LOGO“Millions of women suffer from heavy bleeding, pain and bloating due to fibroids, but prefer to avoid the risks and long recovery of a hysterectomy, so they just endure these debilitating symptoms,” said Russ DeLonzor, President and Chief Operating Officer.  “Now there is Acessa, a less invasive option that significantly reduces or eliminates these symptoms in a single outpatient procedure with a quick recovery time; most women return to normal activities in 3-5 days.” Click here to continue

Facts Matter When Your Heart Health is at Stake

– How to Make the Best Decisions With Your Health Care Provider – The heart is one of the most complex organs in our body, affecting many other parts of our body and our health. Having a healthy heart is a key to having a healthy body; heart health and a healthy life go hand-in-hand. This makes having reliable, accurate information about your heart health so important. Click here to continue

La Peer Health Systems’ Gastroenterologist Talks about Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Every March healthcare professionals around the country recognize Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to spreading information about the importance of colon cancer screening. Payman Khorrami, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles sees patients at the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence, a division of La Peer Health Systems that strongly supports Colon Cancer Awareness. Click here to continue

Study Investigates Best Asthma Treatment For African-Americans

Allegheny Health Network researchers are seeking African-American children, adolescents and adults for investigation of the most effective treatments for asthma that is not well-controlled on a low dose of inhaled steroid. Click here to continue

Women “Go Red” with the American Heart Association

February is a month for matters of the heart across America, and it’s even a greater matter for African-American women, who are at greatest risk. The American Heart Association is impacting the health of women by saving 330 lives a day…Click here to continue

African-Americans Disproportionately Affected By Arthritis

African-Americans Disproportionately Affected By Arthritis – CDC Recommends Relief through Self-Management Programs and Physical Activity – (BLACK PR WIRE) – Washington, DC: While it often takes a back seat to other chronic illnesses, arthritis is the most common….Click here to continue

“Kidney Sundays” Reaches African American Faith Communities During National Kidney Month

“Kidney Sundays” Reaches African American Faith Communities During National Kidney Month – National Kidney Disease Education Program Hosts Third Annual Nationwide Event… Click here to continue

Access to Cancer Screening and Care Can Help Erase Racial Disparities

A new report shows that an aggressive, state-wide effort to provide African Americans with colorectal cancer screening and treatment eliminated long-standing disparities in survival between blacks and whites with the disease. The program may offer a model for how other states can help more African Americans access potentially life-saving cancer care.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S., with over 102,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Yet it is also very treatable if it is detected at an early stage. In many cases, the cancer can even be prevented by detecting and removing small “pre-cancers” during routine screening tests called colonoscopies.  Click here to continue

Breathe Easier This Summer: Tips to Control Your Child’s Asthma

(BLACK PR WIRE) — As the school year draws to a close and the temperature rises, children and families everywhere start to look forward to the simple pleasures of summer—jumprope, sunshine, playing ball, and cookouts.

However, for the 1 in every 10 children in the United States who has asthma—including one in every 6 African-American children, summer can also bring wheezing, coughing and trouble breathing.

The joys of summer can be challenging if your child has asthma, a common but serious chronic disease. Summer’s long afternoons spent playing outside can expose children with asthma to triggers that can bring on attacks, such as increased pollen and allergens from blossoming plants and trees, and increased air pollution on some especially hot summer days. Click here to continue

New Registry Allows Individuals to Participate in Research and Prevention to Find a Cure for Alzheimer’s

PHOENIX (November 5, 2012) – With 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s today, African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the disease. As awareness continues to grow around Alzheimer’s, the new Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry created and led by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute allows concerned individuals to enroll and help further research in an effort to treat and prevent the disease.

A new survey shows nearly half of U.S. adults have a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease. According to a national survey for the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, the results also found more than seven in 10 adults, or 218 million Americans, worry about memory loss or the disease for themselves or a loved one. – Click here to continue

Are You at Risk for Hepatitis C? How to Catch this Silent Killer Before It is Too Late

A major health issue facing our country today is a silent and deadly liver disease called hepatitis C.

Up to 5 million Americans are infected, but 75 percent of people with hepatitis C don’t know they have it.

People born from 1945 through 1965 have a greater prevalence of hepatitis C than the general population, and make up 82 percent of all people with the disease. People at increased risk for hepatitis C include those who had blood transfusions before 1992, people with tattoos, people who used intravenous drugs – even once – and those who work in a healthcare setting. Certain populations, including African Americans and Hispanics, are also affected at a significantly higher rate than the general population…… Click Here to continue

Gabrielle Union And Neutrogena Dispel Dangerous Skin Cancer Myths And Help Save Lives From This Growing Epidemic

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime(1).  As fall fast approaches, Neutrogena and actress Gabrielle Union are urging people to make skin cancer prevention part of their daily, year-round routines in an effort to thwart this epidemic.  There is a lot of progress to be made: a recent national survey commissioned by Neutrogena and executed by Harris Interactive showed that just 13 percent of all women in the U.S. wear sunscreen on a daily basis.  Fifty-six percent of women surveyed believe the growing rate in skin cancer is due to lack of education…. Click Here to continue