Adult Obesity Rates Increased in Six States, Report Finds

Adult obesity rates increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Understanding Suicide in Black Communities

Traditionally, African-Americans have felt that suicide wasn’t as much of a problem as it is in other communities. But, as the country observes National Suicide Prevention Week beginning Monday, Sept. 8, a pattern has emerged among African-Americans that could contradict ...

World Health Organization Ramping up Fight against Ebola

The Ebola epidemic is wreaking havoc on populations in parts of West Africa forcing the World Health Organization to call for a more determined global response to bring the outbreak under control.

Managing Arthritis

Nearly 40 million Americans — or one in every seven people — have arthritis. And while the condition affects people of all ages, it most often sets in as a person gets older.

Below the Belt: Men at Risk for Prostate Cancer

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — the perfect time to learn about the deadly disease and the pros and cons of getting tested.

Ebola Claims 1,400 Victims

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is being described by World Health Organization officials as likely being more widespread than previously reported.

Robin Williams' Death Highlights Depression

The suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has many shining a spotlight on depression, a mental illness that officials said typically had been shrouded in secrecy and shame, particularly in the African-American community.

School-Served Lunches to Include More Fruits, Veggies

Lunchtime this year in public schools across the country promises to be a lot more nutritious, with an abundance of fruits and vegetables being a staple among items served.

Legumes: One Cup Can Boost Your Health

Beans and other legumes such as chickpeas have been shown to boost the glycemic index and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Vaccinations Curtail Spread of Diseases

With the first day of classes for District public schools students just around the corner, parents and guardians are reminded of the importance of ensuring children are properly vaccinated.

Medicine for the Mind

The power of positive thinking works.

Stress a Key Factor in Mental Health

Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Until now, it hasn't been clear exactly how stress impacts health and promotes disease, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said they have found that chronic psychological stress is associated ...

Against the Odds: Bright Futures for Pregnant Teens

Being a pregnant teen adds new worries, changes and challenges. But pregnant teens have the power to have a healthy baby and make a bright future for themselves and their children.

Reducing Stress through Diet, Exercise

In order to avoid life-threatening conditions — including diabetes, obesity and certain forms of cancer — a proper diet, exercise and plenty of sleep must be part of everyone's daily routine.

Making the Connection

On the anniversary of Emancipation Day in 1985, Unity Health Care (then named Health Care for the Homeless Project) saw their first patients.