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The More Preventable Cancer

Article published on BKReader.com …is colon cancer, and it is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The mention of anything with the word colon often brings up notions of ‘I don’t want to talk about this’, ‘do I have to worry about this’, or ‘I’m not going through that process’.  The response typically varies depending on …


Brownsville…The Healthiest Neighborhood in Brooklyn

Article published on BKReader.com …Or not, was the point of a community conversation last month in Brownsville– a 2.19 square miles community located in Eastern part of Brooklyn. The conversation would take us beyond the dealings of disease in the way people are accustomed to and into the social and economic factors that determine our …


Look Out for the Holiday Heart Attack

With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas over, and New Year’s and Kwanzaa left to come, we are at the height of the holiday season.  Many of us are frantically rushing to finish shopping to find that perfect gift, preparing holiday meals and goodies, as well as attending all of the many holiday parties.  We get so …


Flu Season Turns Up

Article published on BKReader.com “Children skipped rope to the rhyme ‘I had a little bird, it’s name was Enza. I opened the window and in-flu-Enza.’’, Dr. Patricia Doyle wrote in Memories of the 1918 Flu Pandemic Haunt 21st Century when recalling her Grandmother’s stories. This past Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced …


Weathering the Holiday Blues

“Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile…”  chimes one of our holiday tunes. While Christmas may conjure excitement, anticipation and warm memories from the past, this time of year can also bring forth feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness. Some of us may have concerns about not being able to afford gifts for our …


Weathering Our Personal Storms

First, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe in the aftermath of Sandy. For those who have lost loved ones or personal belongings, my prayers go out to you. Over the past 48 hours while working in NYC’s emergency preparedness and response efforts, I have encountered many souls-grateful, tired, sad, anxious, funny, …


Pass the HIV Test Please

I am sure most of us never considered, while watching Sunday football, the MTV Music Awards or a rerun of “Men in Black” with our date, “friend”, or significant other, asking him or her to ‘Pass the HIV test’ instead of the popcorn. But this uncommon phrase has become a call to arms to address …