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    By Dianne Anderson Having to scale countless hurdles of the healthcare system is probably one reason why so many Black patients duck and dodge regular checkups, but an upcoming Orange County health fair may eliminate some of the disdain for what’s stopping them. Discrimination in medicine. First-year UC Irvine medical student Leia Salongo senses the ...
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    By Dianne Anderson If anyone wonders whether HIV/AIDS is still a thing – the answer is yes. Despite the huge decrease in death over the last decade, the higher rate of HIV continues to impact the Black community. Dr. Anissa Davis feels the concern is still on the radar for health providers. “I think we ...
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    By Dianne Anderson If the thought of fresh fruit and vegetables, free food vouchers and cooking lessons won’t bring out the throngs, maybe the lure is with the DJ, the dancing and how to stay alive. Some of the widest disparities in diabetes-related deaths in the state are happening in Long Beach, which is why ...
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    By Dianne Anderson In this world, bad things happen. The why of it all is the question of the ages. Pastor Ivan Pitts, reminiscing about an old friend’s birthday, recalls the basis of Habakkuk’s entire argument about how the rain falls on the just and the unjust, why some get blessed, and others don’t. His ...
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    By Dianne Anderson By the time Antoinette Greer had breast cancer surgery, she was justifiably angry. Like a lot of Black women, her doctor brushed off her concerns and a request for a biopsy after she discovered an unusually thick breast mass — something they said was calcification and they should just watch and wait. ...
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    By Dianne Anderson When it comes to doctor visits, there isn’t too much more seemingly invasive than a DRE, Digital Rectal Exam, of which the mere mention can make a strong man weak in the knees. Michael Lexion understands why, even though tests and treatment are better today than in the old days, and one ...
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    By Dianne Anderson For well over a decade, Beverly Rouzan, outreach coordinator for the Cathedral of Praise International Ministries, has noticed a few things along the way about the community as her church has helped thousands access free health resources. She is seeing more young people with advanced health issues, with lumps and bumps, or ...