Baker: Black Community Must Confront, Combat Mental Health Issues

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III recalled Wednesday when he and his wife went to the doctor in February 2010 and discovered she had early-onset dementia.

Komen Starts Health Equity Initiative for Black Women

The Susan G. Komen organization launched a $27 million, 10-city initiative to reduce breast cancer death rates among African-American women.

AmeriHealth Caritas Rated Top Medicaid Plan in D.C.

AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, a Medicaid managed care plan serving the District of Columbia and part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, is the top-rated Medicaid plan in the District of Columbia, according to the National Committee for ...

Black Olympians Promote Urban Youth Swimming

Amid startling statistics showing that over 70 percent of black children in the U.S. cannot swim and are three times more likely to drown than white children, the USA Swimming Foundation is providing free and reduced swimming programs geared toward ...

New Sickle Cell Drug Application Submitted

A cutting-edge biopharmaceutical company that targets rare and orphan diseases said it has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requesting approval for a potentially revolutionary drug to treat sickle cell disease.

Blacks Wary of Seeking Treatment for Depression: Study

The stigma of mental illness in the black community has a major dragging effect on the rate of blacks who seek treatment for depression, a new study found.

Documentary Reveals Soul Icon's Battle with Cancer

Just as her career began to take off, iconic soul diva Sharon Jones faced her greatest challenge: a life-threatening battle with cancer. But not only has Jones remained on stage with her legendary band, the Dap-Kings, her battles have been ...

Hospitalized 156 Times, D.C. Man with Sickle Cell Comforted by Comedy

Laughter is often the best medicine. And for Benjamin Clark, a 25-year-old D.C. man with sickle cell disease, comedian Tony Roberts has been the prescription he's needed.

All-Women Gym Brings Community Together

Monica Williams noticed that many women in her neighborhood had no where to exercise, so she decided to do something about it. Her passion for fitness and kids collided when she started GirlFit Workout Studio in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, last ...

Capitol Wheel to be Lit for Cancer Fundraiser

The famous Capital Wheel in National Harbor that overlooks D.C. is once again one of numerous landmarks across the United States and Canada that will be illuminated to promote the biennial Stand Up to Cancer telethon.

Improvements Needed in Care for Sickle Cell

Nearly one in every 365 African-Americans are born with sickle cell disease, according to a new report, which found that one in 13 African-American newborns carry the trait which increases the chances of having the disease.

Officials Weigh In on Clinton's Mental-Health Plan

Hillary Clinton said she's alarmed by the ever-rising mental illness statistics and, if elected president, intends to do something about it — a promise that local legislators are hoping she keeps.

Clinton Releases Mental Health Policy Agenda

Hillary Clinton recently announced her comprehensive plan to support Americans living with mental health problems and illnesses.

Helping Students with Disabilities Return to School

A new school year has arrived, and with it, renewed anxiety among teachers, parents and students alike. But for children with autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the challenges of beginning a new school year can prove traumatic.

New Tool for Alzheimer's Could Prove Vital

Researchers recently developed a symptom checklist that could help detect the outset of Alzheimer's disease and aid earlier diagnosis.