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News From Around the Web: June 18 Edition

June 18th, 2013

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In today’s news, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that states may not require proof of citizenship for people registering to vote; President Obama defended the use of surveillance programs; and Jesse Jackson Jr. says that if both he and his wife must go to prison, he would prefer serving first.

Supreme Court says states can’t add citizenship proof for voter registration. [Washington Post]

Obama defends authorization of surveillance programs. [NY Times]

Jesse Jackson Jr. says if prison is ahead, he should go before wife. [Chicago Tribune]

White House cites progress on gun issue. [USA Today]

Controversy takes a bite out of Obama’s approval rating. [BET]

Zimbabwe journalists suffer attacks ahead of elections. [Guardian]

Family of Ramarley Graham calls anew for new grand jury. [BET]

Lil Wayne offers controversial performance stepping on American flag. [ABC]

Increasing red meat intake boosts risk of diabetes. [Medical.net]

Ethiopia, Egypt vow to ease tension. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: June 3 Edition

June 3rd, 2013

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In today’s news, President Obama criticized a Republican student loan plan as being unfair and poorly conceived; there will be an unusually large number of films by or focused on African-Americans this year; and George Zimmerman’s attorney has backed off accusations that a video featured Trayvon Martin fighting.

Obama rips GOP student loan plan as “not fair” and “not smart.” [BET]

This promises to be a banner year for African-American films. [NY Times]

George Zimmerman’s attorney backtracks on alleged Trayvon Martin video. [Orlando Sentinel]

Three storm chasers among those killed in Oklahoma. [LA Times]

FDA looks to reconsider restrictions on diabetes drug. [NY Times]

GOP lawmakers criticize Eric Holder over leak probes. [LA Times]

Pacers frustrate LeBron James, Heat to force Game 7. [USA Today]

Man born in Senegal vies to be Germany’s first Black parliament member. [NY Times]

FAMU hazing defendant says he protected the victim. [BET]

Ethiopian protesters take to the streets. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: April 30 Edition

April 30th, 2012

In today’s top news, Beyoncé dispels surrogacy rumors, President Obama shouts out Young Jeezy at the latest White House Correspondents’ Dinner and Brian McKnight receives offers to perform his X-rated R&B satire ballad.

Beyoncé dispels surrogacy rumors. [BET]

President Obama shouts out Young Jeezy at the latest White House Correspondents’ Dinner. [Billboard]

Brian McKnight receives offers to perform his X-rated R&B satire ballad. [BET]

Ellen show DJ Tony Okungbowa makes his silver screen debut. [BET]

Bill Clinton and President Obama campaign together on the economy. [Reuters]

A Gallup poll shows that Americans expect to work longer, retire. [TODAY]

New study shows overweight teens may have harder time controlling diabetes. [CTV]

A mother’s stress level during pregnancy may cause iron deficiency in newborns. [HealthDay]

Sudan president declares state of emergency along South Sudan border. [CNN]

Uganda claims Sudanese government supports Joseph Kony. [New Vision]

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News from Around the Web: April 9 Edition

April 9th, 2012

In today’s news, the suspected shooters of five Black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been arrested, Bill Cosby speaks out on the Trayvon Martin tragedy and, for the second time in three weeks, a CNN reporter says the N-word on live TV.

The suspected shooters of five Black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been arrested. [BET]

Bill Cosby speaks out on the Trayvon Martin tragedy. [WashingtonTimes]

For the second time in three weeks, a CNN reporter says the N-word on live TV. [DailyCaller]

Trayvon Martin’s family could sue the homeowner’s association in the neighborhood where he was killed. [AP]

A Fox Orlando news affiliate refers to neo-Nazis as a civil rights group. [ThinkProgress]

Violence forces cancellation of two Young Jeezy concerts in Canada. [BET]

Study: Children of mothers who are diabetic or obese while pregnant are at a higher risk of developing autism. [FOX]

Rapper Young Buck to lose much of his intellectual property in his bankruptcy settlement. [BET]

Easter Sunday suicide bombing in Nigeria kills 38. [CSM]

Mali’s president formally stepped down. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: March 13 Edition

March 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, CNN lifts its suspension of Roland Martin over offensive remarks, Black churches vow to register one million voters on Easter Sunday and a new study links red meat to premature death from diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

CNN lifts suspension of Roland Martin over offensive remarks. [Newsbusters]

Black churches vow to register one million voters on Easter Sunday. [ChristianPost]

Study links red meat to premature death from diabetes, heart disease and cancer. [FOX]

Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. [AP]

Oprah gives her long-time beau Stedman some face time on the cover of O magazine. [BET]

Poll of Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi show most believe Obama is Muslim. [NYDN]

Record rainfall soaks Southern Louisiana. [CNN]

Analysts say foreign policy will determine whether Obama remains in office next term. [AP]

Afghans attack delegation visiting site of massacre. [BBC]

Marketing agency makes homeless people wi-fi hotspots; offering Internet for donations. [NYT]

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News From Around the Web: March 5 Edition

March 5th, 2012

In today’s top news, Nick Cannon says he has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, former child star Brandy says her daughter will have to wait to hit the stage and Oprah Winfrey is set to interview Whitney Houston’s family.

Nick Cannon says he has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. [BET]

Former child star Brandy says her daughter will have to wait to hit the stage. [BET]

Oprah to interview Whitney Houston’s family. [AP]

President Obama on Sunday warned of “loose talk of war” with Iran.  [AFP]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to address the “targeted killing” of Americans abroad. [FOX]

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi endorses Jesse Jackson Jr. for r-eelection. [AP]

Seven-year-old boy survives tornado after being dropped on a highway. [MSNBC]

Scientists are testing out an artificial pancreas for diabetics. [CNN]

Designer drug “Spice” linked to kidney failures. [Reuters]

Congo explosions kill 200 and wound nearly 2,000. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 3 Edition

January 3rd, 2012

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In today’s top news, music legend Aretha Franklin gets a ring, two Black frats have Obama’s back and Georgia’s anti-fat ads attract bad flack.

The ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin gets engaged. [BET]

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says poor Blacks shouldn’t get welfare handouts. [CBS]

FAMU Board approves anti-hazing plan. [CNN]

Some Memphis Black farmers say they have been shut out of a class action lawsuit. [WMC-TV]

Nigerians take to the streets to protest high gas prices. [BBC]

Diabetes during pregnancy may lead to ADHD. [CNN]

Two Black fraternities have joined forces to rally support for Obama’s re-election bid. [BET]

Senegalese musician Youssou Ndour eyes the country’s top post. [AP]

Georgia’s anti-obesity ads featuring children are ruffling feathers. [NYDN]

Hong Kong rings in 2012 with fresh fears of a Bird Flu outbreak. [WSJ]

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Medicine Reduces Risk of Diabetes Amputations

May 26th, 2009

Doctors stumbled upon a medication that greatly reduces patients’ risk of “minor amputation” onset by diabetes. The physicians gave diabetics a drug originally intended to lower their cholesterol and were astonished to see that they were 36 percent less likely to require a limb removed, a new analysis of research says. In Australia, Finland and New Zealand, researchers studied about 10,000 patients, between 50 and 75 years old who had type 2 diabetes, the kind linked to obesity. Half of them were given fenofibrate, a drug available generically and sold as Antara, Fenoglide, Lipofen and others. The other half were given fake pills. After five years, 115 patients had at least one lower limb amputation because of diabetes, which damages nerves and blood vessels, and can lead to amputation in severe instances. About one diabetes patient in 10 loses part of a leg. The study, first published in 2005, aimed to see if fenofibrate prevented heart disease. It didn’t. But in this new analysis, experts found patients on fenofibrate had a 36 percent lower risk of a first amputation than those on placebo. Patients who lost part of their legs were more likely to have heart disease, smoking, skin ulcers or previous amputations. Amputations were labeled minor if they were below the ankle and major if they were above the ankle. The risk of minor amputations in patients without large vessel disease, the narrowing of blood vessels, was nearly 50 percent lower in the group taking fenofibrates. The risk of a major amputation was not substantially different between the two groups. Taller people were also more likely to suffer amputations. The results were published Friday in the medical journal Lancet.

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Stem Cells Could Save Type 1 Diabetes Patients

April 16th, 2009

 Stem cell research, approved by President Obama earlier this year, could help patients fight type 1 diabetes, new research shows. A few people with the disease have been able to survive for nearly three years without insulin shots after having their own blood stem cells removed and injected into them, U.S. and Brazilian researchers reported Tuesday. So far, a couple dozen boys and men have been treated within six weeks of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and autoimmune disease that destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, generally forcing individuals to take insulin shots to survive. (People with type 1 make up only about 10 percent of all diabetics; most people have type 2, which can be controlled with diet, exercise, oral drugs, or insulin shots.) “After the transplant, 20 of the 23 patients became insulin-free for at least a few months or even years,” reports Health.com. “Twelve of them stayed free of insulin for an average of 31 months and eight patients had periods ranging from six to 47 months in which they were free from insulin.”

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Health: Black Teens Less Likely to Smoke Than Whites; Celebrities Stand Up to Diabetes

November 10th, 2008

Black man smoking

Black teens are less likely to smoke than Whites. During their teen years, Blacks are much less likely to smoke than Whites, a new study says. However, most of this advantage disappears by mid-adulthood, researchers say. There is a puzzle here in that usually the health disadvantages in African Americans show up early in life and get worse as they get older,” says Fred Pampel, Ph.D., a sociology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “For cigarette-smoking, African Americans tend to act in a more healthy way during their teens, but that advantage goes away by middle age.” The study appears in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Pampel used data from two surveys to look at groups of White and Black teens to see how their cigarette-smoking patterns changed as they aged. “Resources, such as higher income, more education, better access to medical care and greater use of nicotine replacement products, help Whites quit at a faster rate,” Pampel said. But C. Tracy Orleans, Ph.D., of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said the study did not factor in possible socio-demographic differences in exposure to higher tobacco prices and taxes, which “deter youth onset and promote quitting, especially among low-income smokers, and protection by worksite and comprehensive smoke-free airs laws, which affect adult cessation more than youth initiation.”

 Celebrities stand up to diabetes. Several celebrities are talking about their battles with diabetes during National Diabetes Month. To see what they have to say, go to BET.com/Body & Soul.

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