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By Dr. Thaddeus John Bell
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Strokes in Black Men

  It was recently reported that Oscar nominated, director John Singleton, experienced a stroke that resulted in hospitalization.  The CDC reports that strokes occur two times more frequently in African American men than in Caucasian men.  My experiences with...

Myths Can Have a Happy Ending

  One of the main reasons I have continued Closing the Gap in Health Care is to decrease the myths and untruths in the African American and underserved communities.  One myth that I do not often hear is placing moss in your shoes to control hypertension.  The...

Heart Disease, the Number One Cause of Death for Black Women

  isSeveral years ago, the editor of Closing the Gap in Health Care died from a massive heart attack, while sitting on stage, awaiting an award from her high school.  The pain of her sudden death continues to haunt me because we had recently discussed health...

The Bucket List

  The bucket list is a collection of things that you would like to accomplish within your lifetime.  Frankly, I never thought of a bucket list until the death of my youngest daughter, Tonisha Bell Alston.  She decided to take matters into her own hands and...
Stress Is Deadly

Stress Is Deadly

  The medical literature has documented a plethora of information regarding deadly stress affecting our bodies.  Many of my patients are telling me about the perils of stress and how it affects their health with headaches, diarrhea, and fatigue.  Stress affects...

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The Face of Heart Disease is Changing

The Face of Heart Disease is Changing

  Perhaps, you have noticed that millennials are getting as sick as those in the baby boomer population. Not every millennial can say they do not know of someone in their age group who has experienced a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. Frankly, this...

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Survival in the Rural Community

Survival in the Rural Community

  South Carolina is a rural state and many of the residents live in rural communities. It is well documented that they have health disparities that surpass those who live in the city. Lack of access to care and preventative health care services are also...

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Feeling Bad May Deserve ER Attention

Feeling Bad May Deserve ER Attention

  It is no longer appropriate for patients to call the answering service to request the physician to call in a prescription without the physician having seen the patient. Patients will often do this and get upset if the physician does not comply with his or her...

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Facing the End of Life

Facing the End of Life

  A reality not discussed by physicians and pastors is how to help people facing and dealing with end of life issues. You may not be aware, but physicians and pastors are not trained to talk with patients as they face death. I gained some insight into this issue...

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