Mental Health Problems Wreak Havoc on Teens

Mental illness frequently has been stigmatized and misunderstood in the African-American community, and, across a recent 15-year span, suicide rates increased 233 percent among African-Americans ages 10 to 14 compared with 120 percent among whites in the same age group, ...

D.C. Receives 'D' Grade for Its Premature-Birth Rate

Washington, D.C., received a "D" on the March of Dimes' annual Premature Birth Report Card, below the national average grade.

Great American Smokeout Encourages Quitting

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, which officials hope will encourage tobacco users to make a plan to quit or plan in advance and ...

Martin Salia, Md. Surgeon with Ebola, Dies in Neb. Hospital

Martin Salia, a surgeon who contracted Ebola while treating patients in his native Sierra Leone, died Monday while being treated at a Nebraska hospital, authorities said.

D.C. Mayor Announces Restoration of Funds to Improve Maternal, Child Health

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the city's health department announced Wednesday the restoration of federal funds that will help in the fight against infant deaths.

Studies Link Obesity and Cancer

Two new studies presented on Nov. 3 at the American Institute for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in Northwest revealed that obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Latino women.

Thomas Eric Duncan's Family Settles with Dallas Hospital in Ebola Case

The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last month in a Dallas hospital where he was being treated for Ebola, has reportedly reached a settlement with the hospital for initially sending him home despite displaying symptoms of the deadly ...

D.C. Nurses Join Protests over Lack of Ebola Training

Nurses at Providence Hospital in Northeast are following the lead of thousands of their peers nationwide who are protesting a glaring lack of training for dealing with Ebola.

D.C. Health Organization, Wal-Mart Partner for School-Supplies Initiative

Unity Health Care, a D.C.-based nonprofit health organization, announced Tuesday the Wal-Mart Foundation has made a $10,000 donation which will provide 1,000 city children with backpacks full of school supplies.

Ebola Numbers Spike Overseas

For months, World Health Organization officials warned that the numbers of Ebola victims and casualties might be understated because of unreported cases in rural areas of the affected countries and families hiding the sick.

Healthy Meals Focus of Diabetes Month

Many in the Washington, D.C., area are feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands suffer from the disease, and a significant number of others have the life-threatening illness but don't know it.

Free Cancer Information Service

Every day, people in the African-American community consider questions about cancer, whether in relation to their own fight with the disease or a family member, friend or co-worker's. The National Cancer Institute can help them get answers over the telephone ...

Flu Season Around the Corner

Shorter days and cooler evenings means fall has officially arrived, and it's that time of year when health care professionals start seeing people who have contracted the flu.

Gout: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Gout, also known as "gouty arthritis," affects millions and has been described as an excruciating form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body.

Dealing with Strep Throat

Strep throat, a common type of sore throat in children, has also become prevalent among adults.