In DC, number of new HIV/AIDS cases halved since 2012

October 17, 2017 Michelai Graham 0

Washington, D.C., still leads the nation with the most people infected by HIV/AIDS, in spite of the growing number of prevention programs. Black Americans accounted for 45 percent of HIV diagnoses and 48 percent of AIDS diagnoses in the U.S. in 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of those diagnosed were gay or bisexual men.

Insurer-medical provider split leaves DC residents indecisive

October 17, 2017 Wenhao Ma 0

Earlier this month, some D.C. residents were asked to choose whether to stay with their medical practice or their health insurer. Patients received an email from One Medical, a 10-year-old concierge medical practice with facilities spread in seven major cities across America, including six of them in Washington, D.C. One Medical and CareFirst, two big partners, have decided to cease their cooperation, after failed negotiations on the increased rate and additional charges.

Is breast-cancer awareness ‘pinkwashed?’

October 17, 2017 Krystal Campos 0

WOODBRIDGE, VA. — More than a quarter million women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S. this year, according to estimates from the American Cancer Society. The pink ribbon is the staple logo for national breast cancer awareness. However, some people question how much awareness actually spreads in October. “Pinkwashing,” a term used by some breast-cancer activists, is the self-promoting corporate practice of selling products with a pink ribbon logo, symbolizing the support for breast cancer charities or foundations. The ribbons can be found on clothing, toiletries and even food products. This branding strategy has brought doubts to how awareness is perceived in America.

How the District is fighting the opioid plight

October 17, 2017 Daniel Lagnado 0

The attorney general of Washington, D.C., is joining with his colleagues in 37 states to investigate the opioid crisis facing America. The investigation is centered around the manufacturers of opioids and whether they have engaged in unlawful marketing practices, according to a press press release from the D.C. Attorney General’s office.

DC mayor: public well-being is about ‘building trust’

October 17, 2017 Kathryn Sanders 0

This summer, a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Va. It is one of many events that sparked renewed interest in gun legislation and safety, in both Washington, D.C., and the nation. In a poll conducted in 2015 by the Washington Post, D.C. residents said that “crime has become the biggest problem in Washington.”

DC public schools head off student-athlete brain injury

October 17, 2017 Sully Lockett 0

Concussions are some of the best-known types of head injury that occur in sports. The result of a sudden impact which exerts force on the brain and leads to temporary impairment or loss of consciousness, concussions can affect the brain even later in life — especially if they happen while the victim is young, according to the Center for Disease Control. “At ages 13-18, their brains are still forming and developing, and so their brains are at more risk than an adult’s,” said Jamila Watson, lead athletic trainer for D.C. public schools. Watson, who’s responsible for nearly 3,000 student-athletes, oversees sports medicine for public schools in Washington.