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Five ways to maximize your doctor’s visit

Five ways to maximize your doctor’s visit

How did your last doctor's appointment go? If you're like most patients, your answer might be "too quickly."

You've probably noticed how busy your doctor is as he or she zips in and out of exam rooms. As a result, your visit is getting shorter – the average time a doc has to spend with each patient has dwindled to a speedy seven minutes, research shows.

There are consequences to such short interactions. We all know the experience: We shake our head when the doc asks "any questions?" But at home, we start to remember. What was it you wanted to mention to the doctor last week? Should you have brought up that headache? Did your insurance cover that test she mentioned?

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  • Written by Dr. Gopal K. Chopra/Special to CNN
  • Category: News

Two arrested in killing of grandson of Malcolm X

Two arrested in killing of  grandson of  Malcolm X

Two bartenders have been arrested in connection with the killing of the grandson of civil rights activist Malcolm X, according to the office of the Mexico City attorney general.

Prosecutor Rodolfo Fernando Rios Garza said the men work at a bar called The Palace Club where Malcolm Shabazz and three people had drinks early Thursday.

An argument ensued when the staff said the bill was $1,200. Shabazz was beaten while another man was threatened and stripped of his belongings, Rios said.

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  • Written by Steve Almasy/CNN
  • Category: News

Meet the anti-violence blogger shot in New Orleans

Meet the anti-violence blogger shot in New Orleans

Brentin Mock writes at Colorlines about journalist and documentarian Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, who has expressed her concern about New Orleans violence and also her compassion and love for black men in the city, who are too often the perpetrators and victims of that violence.

From Mock:

"Journalist and documentarian Deborah 'Big Red' Cotton was one of the 19 people wounded in the tragic shooting during a 'second line' Mother's Day parade yesterday. In total, ten men, seven women and two 10-year-old children were injured. Cotton had just launched her own website NewOrleansGoodGood.com, which highlights off-the-beaten path restaurants and attractions normally ignored by mainstream media.

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Singing couple goes viral

Singing couple goes viral

For the past week, a conversation has been had over everyday black people going viral in the media – like Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who helped saved three women from their kidnappers and became an Internet meme after his live interview with his city's news station. But there was another black couple whose popularity on the Internet was undoubtedly more entertaining.

Pumpcast News is a regular skit on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show". Actor Tim Stack plays a fake news anchor who appears on a television screen above a gas pump, where he tries to shock people filling up the tank. When he attempted to do the same to Will and Monifa Sims, Stack, Leno and "The Tonight Show" audience were the ones shocked instead.

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O.J. Simpson says bad legal advice put him in prison

Disgraced football legend O.J. Simpson is scheduled to return to a Las Vegas courtroom Monday in a bid to get his robbery, assault and kidnapping convictions thrown out.

The onetime Heisman Trophy winner and Buffalo Bills halfback is more than four years into a 33-year prison term and is asking for a new trial. In court papers, he's arguing that bad legal advice led to his arrest and conviction in a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers.

Simpson not only accuses his old lawyer, Yale Galanter, of having a conflict of interest and of failing to mount an effective defense in his trial. He also says Galanter told him before that confrontation that he was within his rights to take back property he believed had been stolen from him, "so long as there would be no trespass and no physical force used against the persons with the property."

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  • Written by Matt Smith/CNN
  • Category: News

All the lonely people: How we live alone past age 65

All the lonely people: How we live alone past age 65

DURHAM, N.C. – Clydie Pugh-Myers, one of the state's first black licensed practical nurses, once drove a red Cadillac around Durham, sang in the choir at her church and generally stayed busy.

These days, living with two knee replacements, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other ailments, she can no longer drive and sits at home alone a lot. She says even people from her church don't come to see her much.

"Since I've gotten 84, it's gotten tough," Pugh-Myers said in her South Durham home.

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  • Written by Raleigh News & Observer/New America Media, News Report, Thomas Goldsmith
  • Category: News

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