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When taste and smell get lost

Mrs. S. is a 79-year-old mother of four children, 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She had just returned to her home after a two-week hospital stay because of congestive heart failure. I was called by her family because of her ...

Fields convenes hepatitis C breakfast forum

On the morning of July 25, “Hepatitis C and Its Impact on the Black Community” was the subject of a breakfast forum held at the Alhambra Ballroom in Central Harlem.

Ebola—a threat to humanity

The daily death count from Ebola only seems to gain media attention in the West when an American or European is the fatality.

Mental health issues create problems for African-Americans in city jails

Researchers have discovered some disturbing statistics about substance abuse and mental health in our criminal justice system. Approximately two-thirds of the people involved in the U.S. criminal justice system suffer from substance abuse disorders.

Vitamin D is desirable

Recently, an increase in the intake of vitamin D has been reported to prevent early deaths by heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

For adults with diabetes, vaccinations protect health

Having a chronic disease doesn’t mean you have to lose control of your health. Every day you take steps, such as eating right, monitoring your blood sugar and watching your weight, to manage your diabetes and ensure the healthiest possible ...

A half empty glass for medical care

I am sure that you have heard the expression after things have overtaken you to look at the situation as a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty. In my practice of medicine, I have always advised a ...

Preventing falls among seniors

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and experts from VNSNY CHOICE, an affiliate of the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, recently presented a free community health workshop on fall prevention for more than 100 East Harlem seniors at the ...

One-on-one for survival

Young African-Americans are at risk. They are not only dying physically but also mentally. They apparently feel that there is no hope for their future. We have to address this dismal state immediately if we are going to survive as ...

Department of Consumer Affairs Welcomes Paid Leave to Employees

Starting today, New York City employees can use paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave law, which went into effect April 1st, allows employees to have no more than forty hours of sick leave.

Color your diet healthy with fresh fruits and veggies

Richly colored fruits and vegetables, such as those available fresh in New York from now through the fall, are colorful and tasteful additions to your table, and also vital to a healthy diet.

Getting a jump on razor bumps

A few weeks ago, I went to get a haircut, only to find that the shop was closed, and the barber that I had visited for many years was not there. There was no sign or reason as to why ...

Water running dry in Detroit?

Organizers from groups such as the National Action Network and the Working Families Party are voicing their outrage over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s shutoffs and say the utility company is risking the public’s health.

Poison ivy is most dangerous in spring and summer

Although spring and summer are prime times for glorious flowers and plants, the Medical Society of the State of New York cautions that spring and summer are also seasons when poison ivy is most dangerous. During spring and summer, poison ...

A fast headache from fast foods

Ms. H is a 40-year-old patient who was recently promoted to a supervisory position at her job. She earns more, but she goes to work early and comes home late. She relates that the tension created by her new job ...