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Teenage Sex and Pregnancy

David Pryor, MD Teenagers (ages 13 to 19 years) in the United States are engaging in sexual activity in increasing numbers. Some children, even younger than 13 years of age, are having sex. The high rate of adolescent pregnancy is a national concern. The African American community has been and continues to be greatly impacted by the consequences of high rates of teen sexual activity and pregnancy. It is our responsibility to love, nurture and educate our youth so that they can make responsible choices with regard to their sexual behavior.

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Obesity in Children

According to, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese.

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Autism a Public Health Problem

Kimberly Higgins-Mays Autism is a serious public health problem which impacts many children. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of every 150 American eight-year-olds has some form of autism. The previous estimate was one in 166 children. This suggests that 560,000 children in the US have autism. The reason for the high percentage of autism remains unclear. The CDC is now conducting a study to try to identify the environmental factors associated with autism. Research has shown no differences based on race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status in either the prevalence or incidence of autism in children. Although, the condition does not seem to differ in percentage by culture or race; diagnosis and treatment disparities do exist.

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Prenatal Excercise: Good for Mom and good for Baby

Darlene Turner - Lee Prenatal Exercise Good For Mom and Good For Baby! Exercise is an important part of good health and when women become pregnant, regular fitness routines should not automatically be abandoned. Pregnant women and their babies both benefit greatly when mom engages in regular moderate exercise.

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Prenatal Care: An Essential Component of a Healthy Pregnancy

African American woman have the highest incidence of pre-term labor, low birth weight babies and other pregnancy-related complications. Also, certain diseases and illnesses that are frequent in our community (diabetes, hypertension, sickle cell) can cause significant problems in pregnancy. For this reason, early and frequent prenatal visits are essential to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and ultimately, a healthy baby.

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