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Indigenous practices protect Native Americans’ health from racism

Culturally specific health behaviors and activities may improve the health of Native Americans, report researchers. Stress, trauma, and racism occur at high rates within Indigenous communities and have not been explored as potential contributors to cardiometabolic disease (CMD). But new research examines this link and found increasing evidence that culturally specific health behaviors and activities…

Team links gut bacteria to neurodegenerative diseases

Researchers have established, for the first time, a link between specific gut bacteria species and physical manifestations of neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS affect millions of adults, but scientists still do not know what causes these diseases, which poses a significant roadblock to developing treatments or preventative measures. Recent research…

Single Black Mom of 3 Launches Online Course to Help Entrepreneurs Overcome Fear and Doubt

Nationwide — Nicole Lee, a self-published author, entrepreneur, and visionary, has launched an interactive online course to help business owners who are struggling with fear and doubt caused by the […] The post Single Black Mom of 3 Launches Online Course to Help Entrepreneurs Overcome Fear and Doubt first appeared on BlackNews.com.

Black Scholar Alleges Racist Behavior at Oklahoma State University

Tulsa, OK — Last month, Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, founder, CEO, curator, and lecturer of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, was invited to Oklahoma State University (OSU) Stillwater and was […] The post Black Scholar Alleges Racist Behavior at Oklahoma State University first appeared on BlackNews.com.

Founder of Black-Owned Dessert Company Launches College Scholarship Essay Contest

The entry deadline extended to Friday, May 28th, 2021. San Jose, CA — Andrea Lacy, founder and CEO of Luv’s Brownies, has officially launched the “Grit Award” scholarship program. Up […] The post Founder of Black-Owned Dessert Company Launches College Scholarship Essay Contest first appeared on BlackNews.com.

Coronavirus may be no match for the cornea

The eye’s cornea can resist infection from the novel coronavirus, a new study suggests. Whether other eye tissue such as the tear ducts and the conjunctiva, are vulnerable, however, remains unknown, the researchers report. The herpes simplex virus can infect the cornea and spread to other parts of the body in patients with compromised immune…

‘Black beauty’ may blow up water’s origin story

Water may emerge in connection with the formation of planets, according to new research. Researchers agree that water is a precondition for life. The first cell emerged in water and then evolved to form multicellular organism. The oldest known single-cell organism on Earth is about 3.5 billion years old. But if life emerged in water,…

Shrimpy nanotech could carry drugs to tumors

A nanoparticle-based drug delivery system can ferry a potent anti-cancer drug through the bloodstream safely, researchers report. The nanoparticle is derived from chitin, a natural and organic polymer that, among other things, makes up the outer shells of shrimp. Drug delivery is a recurring conundrum in cancer treatment. Scientists have developed many anti-cancer therapeutics, but…

Stuff in ‘magic mushrooms’ could treat major depression

Two doses of the psychedelic substance psilocybin, given with supportive psychotherapy, produced rapid and large reductions in depressive symptoms in a small study of adults with major depression, researchers report. According to the study, most participants showed improvement and half of study participants achieved remission through the four-week follow-up. A compound found in so-called magic…

Hospital support staff face far higher COVID risk

Support staff and Black and Latinx hospital employees with and without patient care responsibilities have the highest risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection in health care settings, a new study shows. Researchers screened 3,904 employees and clinicians at a New Jersey hospital between late April and late June for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for lgG-antibodies to the…