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Drug abuse, African Americans and jail

Drug abuse, African Americans and jail

WASHINGTON – A recent study reports that treating substance abusers, especially African Americans, could save the nation billions of dollars at a time when all eyes are glued to debates over how to solve the country's national debt.

The study by researchers at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville linked the prevalence of substance abuse disorders to the high rates of incarceration among African-American males. Published in the November 2012 edition of "Frontiers in Psychiatry," the study also suggested that spending more money on community-based treatment programs and improving mental health care in the African-American community could have an impact on substance abuse and crime among young African-American males.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen/NNPA

Counting calories no answer to permanent weight loss

It seems like no matter how hard we try to change our attitude, our friends or our weight, it either gets undeniably worse or decidedly better. As the years continue to add up, we can become stuck in a time warp or become completely adrift.

Leslie is a prime example. In fact, she has a serious weight problem. She's 5 feet tall and weighs 280 pounds. In reality, her large frame really didn't bother her because she assumed, like the majority of individuals, that losing a pound wouldn't be too hard. Without trepidation, she continued to live life to the fullest, as if there was nothing to worry about.

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The GOP’s suicide-bomb strategy

The GOP’s suicide-bomb strategy

A suicide bomber walks into a bar. He shouts at the bartender, "Gimme the money, or I blow this place to bits!" The worried bartender hands him a wad of cash, and the bomber departs.

The next day, the suicide bomber returns to the same bar. He shouts at the bartender, "Gimme the money, or I blow this place to bits!"

"Are you nuts?" answers the bartender. "If I give you money every day, I'll go out of business. Plus, you're scaring away the customers."

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  • Written by Michael Wolraich/Special to CNN

‘True’ melting pot in U.S. by 2060

In 2060 America will become a true melting pot of ethnicities and races, the U.S. Census Bureau projects.

According to the first set of projections released based on the 2010 Census, minorities – including Asians, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans – are expected to comprise 57 percent of the population, 20 points higher than their current population.

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  • Written by Maya Rhodan/NNPA

Things won’t change unless some of us do

How will African Americans improve our situation in 2013? Right now, we have higher unemployment than any other population in our nation, less wealth, higher school dropout rates, and more crime in our communities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that African-American communities had twice the number of negatives and half the number of positives in our country. While the numbers may have shifted somewhat, it is still true that we are more likely to experience negative consequences (teen pregnancy, incarceration, crime) and less likely to experience positives (college graduation, high net worth).

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  • Written by Julianne Malveaux

African-American homicides remain at alarmingly high rate

African-American homicides remain at alarmingly high rate

WASHINGTON – As the nation continues to ponder possible solutions to curb carnage that results from the easy accessibility to firearms, nowhere is the loss of lives from guns greater than in the African-American community.

According to "Black Homicide in the United States: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data," report by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., the African-American homicide rate in the year studied was more than six times that of whites.

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  • Written by George Curry

Be it resolved, lose weight in incremental steps

It's that time again when many of us resolve to change our eating habits to lose those unwanted pounds and keep the pounds off – until next year when we resolve to do it again. Our resolve to lose weight, and keep it off, annually hangs in the balance up against our difficulty resisting food temptations.

Plain and simple, resolutions are difficult to keep. We don't always follow through. Still, change is inevitable, and as we get older women most likely will add a few pounds to their frame and their dress sizes will increase. Men will gain significant weight, too. Years ago, my weight reached 300-plus pounds and I was headed to the grave.

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