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NJ councilwoman’s accused killer forces Gov. Murphy to get involved

Rashid Bynum was charged with killing Eunice Dwumfour He declined to waive extradition to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy can request his return from Virginia’s governor The man charged with the death of Sayreville councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour delayed his return to New Jersey to face charges. Rashid Bynum was arrested on May 30 at his […]

Black men were likely underdiagnosed with lung problems because of bias in software, study suggests

MIKE STOBBE Racial bias built into a common medical test for lung function is likely leading to fewer Black patients getting care for breathing problems, a study published Thursday June 1 suggests. As many as 40% more Black male patients in the study might have been diagnosed with breathing problems if current diagnosis-assisting computer software […]

Report on medical access finds one-third of Black Americans live in ‘cardiology deserts’

ELAINE CHEN Many Black Americans would have to travel across county lines just to find an open spot with a cardiologist, a new analysis found. About 16.8 million Black Americans — roughly 1 in 3 — live in counties with little or no access to heart specialists, according to a report from GoodRx, a telehealth […]

Loneliness poses risk as deadly as smoking, surgeon general warns

AMANDA SEITZ Widespread loneliness in the U.S. poses health risks as deadly as smoking a dozen cigarettes daily, costing the health industry billions of dollars annually, the U.S. surgeon general said Tuesday in declaring the latest public health epidemic. About half of U.S. adults say they’ve experienced loneliness, Dr. Vivek Murthy said in a report […]

In counties with more Black doctors, Black people live longer, ‘astonishing’ study finds

USHA LEE McFARLING Black people in counties with more Black primary care physicians live longer, according to a new national analysis that provides the strongest evidence yet that increasing the diversity of the medical workforce may be key to ending deeply entrenched racial health disparities. The study, published Friday April 14, in JAMA Network Open, […]

Councilmember Dwumfour Goes Home

KOFI AYIM The 30-year-old councilmember of Sayreville, New Jersey, who was cold-bloodedly murdered on Wednesday February 1, 2023, goes home on March 4, 2023. Ms. Eunice Dwumfour was one of two Borough Republicans elected to the Borough Council in 2021. Published reports say the affable enterprising lady was shot multiple times while attempting to park […]

Gas station ordered to pay $1M to woman refused service because she’s Black

FRANCIS AKHALBEY A Portland jury has awarded $1 million to a woman who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against a gas station after a former employee refused to attend to her because he doesn’t “serve Black people.” According to The Oregonian, the March 2020 encounter occurred at Jacksons Food Store in Beaverton. The plaintiff, Rose […]

How ‘everywhere chemicals’ help uterine fibroids grow

Scientists are just beginning to learn how these common tumors in women are linked to phthalates—chemicals found in hundreds of everyday household items and cosmetics. PRIYANKA RUNWAL Common chemicals called phthalates found in hundreds of household products have been linked to uterine fibroids—non-cancerous tumors ranging from the size of a seed to a soccer ball […]

Canada is banning some foreigners from buying property after home prices surged

CHRIS ISIDORE Canada in 2023 is closing its doors to foreign investors who want to purchase homes. A new Canadian law took effect January 1 that essentially bans foreign buyers from buying residential properties as investments for two years. The law was passed because of a spike in Canadian home prices since the start of […]

DEA seized enough fentanyl to kill every American in 2022

QUINN OWEN The Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday December 20, 2022 said it has seized more than 379 million deadly doses of fentanyl, as the country continues to struggle with an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. The seizures include 50.6 million pills laced with the ultra-deadly synthetic opioid and 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder, the […]