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5 Questions to Ask a New Doctor

Physician care is necessary for routine checkups and medical management. But, with all of the confusion going on about healthcare today, finding a good doctor can be challenging.  When looking for the right provider, there are some questions that you might want to consider asking to help with making the best decisions.  We’ve outlined some…

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expanded in Alabama to include persons ages 65 through 74 and others

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday starting February 8, ADPH will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people 65 or older, and additional groups of frontline workers. The Vaccine Allocation Plan is available at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf Frontline critical workers listed in the plan are as follows: First responders Corrections…

3 Ways Lupus Is Harder on Minorities

Lupus Kills More Minorities According to the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), “One out of every 250 African American women will develop lupus.” What’s worse is the death rate for people with lupus is nearly three times higher for African Americans. In fact, a study conducted by Dr. Jose Gomez-Puerta, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital…

Black Alabamians say state history plays a role in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Some African Americans may be hesitant about receiving a COIVD-19 vaccine, despite being disproportionately impacted by the virus. “I probably would take it, but right now I wouldn’t,” Tiffany Montgomery, a Jacksonville resident said. “I would be real hesitant to get in line right now.” Montgomery is like many other African Americans who…