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

    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.

  • Is breast-cancer awareness ‘pinkwashed?’

    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.

  • DC public schools head off student-athlete brain injury

    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.

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