Margie Parham, MS, RN, MPH/PhDc

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Black-White Blood Pressure Disparities: Depressive Symptoms and Differential Vulnerability to Blood Lead
  Objectives: We examined whether blacks and whites exhibit different associations between blood lead (BL) and blood pressure (BP) and whether depressive symptoms may play a role.
Blood Type and High Risk for Stroke
  ...There are other things that are more important" than blood type for stroke risk, such as smoking, drinking too much and exercising too little, he said. About 45 percent of whites, 51 percent of blacks, 57 percent of Hispanics and 40 percent of Asians have blood type O, according to the American Red Cross. Such people are called "universal donors" because their blood can safely be used for transfusions to any other blood type. AB blood type is the least common type, present in 4 percent of whites and blacks, 2 percent of Hispanics and 7 percent of Asians. B is second least common overall, in 11 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks, 10 percent of Hispanics and 25 percent of Asians. A is in 40 percent of whites, 26 percent of blacks, 31 percent of Hispanics and 28 percent of Asians.
Boston, Massachuetts Governor Unveils Plan to Curb Health Care Costs
  BOSTON—Declaring that Massachusetts has made health care "universally accessible but not yet universally affordable," Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled legislation Thursday designed to control spiraling costs by rewarding doctors and hospitals for improving patient care while limiting expensive but often unnecessary tests.
Camp Lejeune Water Supplies: New health benefits
  Camp Lejeune Water Supplies From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. New health benefits Under a law signed Aug. 6, 2012 (215 KB, PDF), Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 1957 and Dec. 31, 1987 may be eligible for medical care through VA for 15 health conditions: ■Esophageal cancer ■Breast cancer ■Kidney cancer ■Multiple myeloma ■Renal toxicity ■Female infertility ■Scleroderma ■Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma ■Lung cancer ■Bladder cancer ■Leukemia ■Myelodysplastic syndromes ■Hepatic steatosis ■Miscarriage ■Neurobehavioral effects Veterans already enrolled in VA health care, contact your local VA health care facility to receive care under the new law. Those not already enrolled should call 1-877-222-8387 for assistance.
Cancer Drugs Offer Hope, but at a Huge Expense
  "We'd like to feel that it's wrong to put a value on human life and that we as a society won't do it," he said, "but we do it every day."
Cancer in Africa: Fighting a nameless enemy
  By 2030, according to predictions from the World Health Organization (WHO), 70 percent of the world's cancer burden will be in poor countries, a prediction Kerr says leaves most lay people, and even many doctors, "utterly astonished." "They think cancer is a disease of the wealthy. But the reality is that, in part because of success in tackling infectious diseases, Africans are living longer. It's almost a booby prize that they're now living long enough to get cancer." For many women in Africa, that means diseases like breast and cervical cancer have become common causes of death before their victims have begun to learn about them, let alone find words for them.
Cancer patient receives first synthetic organ transplant
  The patient, an African student living in Iceland, had been suffering from life-threatening tracheal cancer.
Cancer Rehab Begins To Bridge A Gap To Reach Patients
  It was her own experience with debilitating side effects after cancer treatment that led Dr. Julie Silver to realize that there is a huge gap in care that keeps cancer patients from getting the rehabilitation services that could help them. Silver was 38 in 2003 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though she is a physician, she was shocked at the toll chemotherapy and radiation took on her body. Silver was dealing with extreme fatigue, weakness and pain. "I was really, really sick — sicker than I ever imagined," says Silver, who is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. "I did some exercise testing and I tested out as a woman in my 60s. So I had aged three decades in a matter of months through cancer treatment."
Cancer Statistics 2013
  Cancer is a major public health problem in the United States and many other parts of the world. One in 4 deaths in the United States is due to cancer.
Carter Center Charitable Donations
  The Carter Center Health and Peace Programs appreciate the continued support of our foundation, government, and corporate donors and are pleased to highlight their contributions.
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