Why do mentholated cigarettes still exist?

A few weeks ago, a group of black doctors urged federal officials to ban the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes because of its high usage in black communities. They’re right. It’s long overdue.

Are we really talking about Hillary’s cold?

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I noticed the news program I was watching focused mostly on one story—it wasn’t the 9/11 memorials or the ceasefire in Syria after a bloody weekend. It was about Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton falling ill on the campaign trail. As pundits and reporters speculated whether…

The ignored epidemic

I went to my primary care doctor for my annual checkup recently. I got a full physical, which included an EKG for my heart, breast exam, and a full blood workup. I had to wait for my blood test results. And I have to say, I was a bit nervous about a particular blood test…

Determinants of health

If you follow fitness instructors on social media, you hear a common refrain: Being healthy is a lifestyle, not a trend. In many ways, that is true. But in some ways, that statement is completely incorrect. Sometimes being healthy has nothing to do with how many servings of fruits and vegetables you consume daily. Sometimes your health is determined by factors beyond your control – like your genetics, where you live or even how you look.

The major and the minor

I was speaking with a marketing veteran last week about passions, gifts, and goals. The conversation helped me process through blocks I have been having for quite some time — what is my next right step to turn my gifts and passions into measurable goals. But before we get to that, we have to go back.

Charlie Sheen, TV quacks and armchair psychology

I’m concerned about Charlie Sheen. Like genuinely concerned. It’s not because he disclosed he is HIV positive. It’s not because as of late he looks like a character on The Walking Dead. It’s not because he went off his antiretrovirals to take an alternative treatment method (well I am concerned about that but not as much).

Ranking the senses by value, according to insurance companies

When I took my writing vow of poverty, I never expected to have to spend that kind of money on a non-emergent health care item. And I have health insurance that’s coming out of my paycheck every couple weeks. Shouldn’t that cover this disability?

We love Amanda

Amanda Flores is a single mother from Silver Springs, MD. In November, Amanda began to feel sick. Her doctor said she likely had a cold or the flu. But as the symptoms continued, Amanda got worse. Around Christmas she went back to the doctor unable to breathe or eat. The doctor diagnosed pneumonia and admitted her to the hospital.