Health Rewind: Jennifer Hudson Lends Voice to Heart Disease Awareness

Plus, only half of student athletes report concussions.

Jennifer Hudson Wants You to Fight the 'Lady Killer' - Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson wants you to know that heart disease is the number one killer of American women. As the new face of the Women?s Heart Alliance?s campaign, ?Fight the Lady Killer,? Hudson will help spread awareness about what all women, young and older, can do to prevent heart disease, CBS.com writes.(Photo: Fight the Ladykiller via YouTube.com)

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Jennifer Hudson Wants You to Fight the 'Lady Killer' - Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson wants you to know that heart disease is the number one killer of American women. As the new face of the Women’s Heart Alliance’s campaign, “Fight the Lady Killer,” Hudson will help spread awareness about what all women, young and older, can do to prevent heart disease, CBS.com writes.(Photo: Fight the Ladykiller via YouTube.com)

Driving Smokers Pose Threats to Their Passengers - Sitting in the car with a smoker can harm your health. Researchers found that front seat and back seat passengers can inhale cancer-causing substances and other toxins, regardless of whether the car is stationary or moving. The study emphasizes that people with a history of asthma and heart disease and young children need to be careful about riding with smokers, Health Day reported.(Photo: JGI/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Driving Smokers Pose Threats to Their Passengers - Sitting in the car with a smoker can harm your health. Researchers found that front seat and back seat passengers can inhale cancer-causing substances and other toxins, regardless of whether the car is stationary or moving. The study emphasizes that people with a history of asthma and heart disease and young children need to be careful about riding with smokers, Health Day reported.(Photo: JGI/Blend Images/Corbis)

Deadly Meningitis Cases Worry Gay Community - Bacterial meningitis is on the rise among gay and bisexual men in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco ? even killing several men, reported HealthDay News. Health officials in all three cities urge gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated. Meningitis, which is transmitted through close casual contact, can be extremely serious causing serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss and/or learning disabilities.  (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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FDA Approves New Meningitis Vaccine - The FDA gave an accelerated approval to Trumenba, a vaccine that protects against Type B meningitis. While there are other vaccines for different types of meningitis, this vaccine is the first for Type B. This move comes after a string of meningitis outbreaks hit colleges across the country this year, including Princeton University and U of California-Santa Barbara, USA Today reported.  (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Are Overweight Women Being Discriminated Against in the Workplace? - A recent study suggests that overweight and obese women in the workplace face economic discrimination. Researchers found that women 60 pounds overweight or more made 10 percent less than women of normal weight. Also, overweight women are more likely to work in lower wage, more physically demanding jobs as opposed to higher paying office jobs, YouthHealthMag.com writes. (Photo: DreamPictures/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Are Overweight Women Being Discriminated Against in the Workplace? - A recent study suggests that overweight and obese women in the workplace face economic discrimination. Researchers found that women 60 pounds overweight or more made 10 percent less than women of normal weight. Also, overweight women are more likely to work in lower wage, more physically demanding jobs as opposed to higher paying office jobs, YouthHealthMag.com writes. (Photo: DreamPictures/Blend Images/Corbis)

New Blood Donation Recommendations Handed Down for Gay Men? - While men who have sex with men (MSM) are currently not allowed to donate blood in the U.S. due to the HIV epidemic, that might be changing. Recently, a federal committee meeting discussed the possibility of allowing for MSM to donate, but only if they haven?t had sex in the past 12 months. LGBT advocates believe that while this may be progress, it still stigmatizes gay and bisexual men, writes The Huffington Post.  (Photo: Barry Winiker/Getty Images)

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New Blood Donation Recommendations Handed Down for Gay Men? - While men who have sex with men (MSM) are currently not allowed to donate blood in the U.S. due to the HIV epidemic, that might be changing. Recently, a federal committee meeting discussed the possibility of allowing for MSM to donate, but only if they haven’t had sex in the past 12 months. LGBT advocates believe that while this may be progress, it still stigmatizes gay and bisexual men, writes The Huffington Post.  (Photo: Barry Winiker/Getty Images)

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African-Americans Have More Issues Buying Groceries - A recent Gallup poll found that African-Americans are 50 percent more likely to struggle to buy groceries. While the national average in having hardships putting food on the table was 18.9 percent, 29 percent of Blacks reported issues compared to 26 percent of Latinos, 13.3 of whites and 7.4 of Asians, says the Huffington Post.  (Photo: Randy Faris/Corbis)

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African-Americans Have More Issues Buying Groceries - A recent Gallup poll found that African-Americans are 50 percent more likely to struggle to buy groceries. While the national average in having hardships putting food on the table was 18.9 percent, 29 percent of Blacks reported issues compared to 26 percent of Latinos, 13.3 of whites and 7.4 of Asians, says the Huffington Post.  (Photo: Randy Faris/Corbis)

Preemie Births Are Down - Preterm births are the lowest they have been in the past 17 years down to 11.4 percent, says a recent study. However, the March of Dimes still gives the U.S. a ?C? in their annual report card with Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama getting ?Fs? for having preemie rates of 14.6 percent or higher, says Health Day. (Photo: James W. Porter/Corbis)

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Preemie Births Are Down - Preterm births are the lowest they have been in the past 17 years down to 11.4 percent, says a recent study. However, the March of Dimes still gives the U.S. a “C” in their annual report card with Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama getting “Fs” for having preemie rates of 14.6 percent or higher, says Health Day. (Photo: James W. Porter/Corbis)

They Make You Feel Good - Breasts are also sex organs, wired directly to the same parts of the brain that light up when your love below is stimulated. Score!   (Photo: Don Mason/Blend Images/Corbis)

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How Common Are Your Fantasies? - Most of us share the same sexual fantasies — and that’s normal. Researchers found that at least half of folks experienced the same common fantasies, which include dominance, submission, anal sex and orgies. Yet, the study also found that just because it happens in a dream doesn’t mean you will actually do it, The Atlantic points out. (Photo: Don Mason/Blend Images/Corbis)

Blacks Are Less Likely to Get Robotic Prostate Surgery - Blacks are 19 times less likely to receive the high-tech common robotic prostate surgery compared to white men and less likely to get radiation treatment, a recent report found. Researchers believe this disparity exists because people of color and folks on Medicaid receive less quality care and that their health insurance won?t cover it, says Reuters.  (Photo: ERproductions Ltd/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Blacks Are Less Likely to Get Robotic Prostate Surgery - Blacks are 19 times less likely to receive the high-tech common robotic prostate surgery compared to white men and less likely to get radiation treatment, a recent report found. Researchers believe this disparity exists because people of color and folks on Medicaid receive less quality care and that their health insurance won’t cover it, says Reuters.  (Photo: ERproductions Ltd/Blend Images/Corbis)

Dear Fathers: Speak More to Your Babies - Most fathers don?t engage enough with their babies one-on-one because they leave that mostly to the moms, says a recent study. Babies responded to mom?s language 70 percent of the time, compared to a mere 6 percent of the fathers. But researchers emphasize that daddies are important when it comes to their infant?s language development, USA Today reported.  (Photo: JGI/Tom Grill/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Dear Fathers: Speak More to Your Babies - Most fathers don’t engage enough with their babies one-on-one because they leave that mostly to the moms, says a recent study. Babies responded to mom’s language 70 percent of the time, compared to a mere 6 percent of the fathers. But researchers emphasize that daddies are important when it comes to their infant’s language development, USA Today reported.  (Photo: JGI/Tom Grill/Blend Images/Corbis)

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S. Epatha Merkerson: New Face of Merk Diabetes Campaign - Emmy-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson has teamed up with the pharmaceutical company Merk for a new Type-2 diabetics campaign. As part of the America's Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals, Merkerson, who has diabetes, encourages people to stay on top of monitoring their blood-sugar levels and setting a sugar level goal with their doctors.  (Photo: Tetra Images/Corbis)

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S. Epatha Merkerson: New Face of Merk Diabetes Campaign - Emmy-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson has teamed up with the pharmaceutical company Merk for a new Type-2 diabetics campaign. As part of the America's Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals, Merkerson, who has diabetes, encourages people to stay on top of monitoring their blood-sugar levels and setting a sugar level goal with their doctors.  (Photo: Tetra Images/Corbis)

Military Matters - Student loan interest rates for people serving in the military are capped at 6 percent, but some active-duty service members are unaware of the lower rate. The Education Department will now reduce the interest rates automatically for eligible service members, eliminating additional paperwork.   (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Veteran Homelessness Drops 33 Percent Since 2010 - Veteran homelessness is down by 33 percent, says a new report. This success is due to the collaboration between Veteran Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development who, since 2008, gave 59,000 veterans rental vouchers. Earlier this year, Michelle Obama challenged all cities’ mayors to do their part to end veteran homelessness, too.  (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Frozen Food May Be Healthier Than You Think - A new study found that while most people may think that frozen foods are unhealthy, they aren?t that bad for us. Researchers in the U.K. found that frozen entrees have less calories and fat and more nutrients than fast food. But always keep in mind: Fresh food is still always best. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Frozen Food May Be Healthier Than You Think - A new study found that while most people may think that frozen foods are unhealthy, they aren’t that bad for us. Researchers in the U.K. found that frozen entrees have less calories and fat and more nutrients than fast food. But always keep in mind: Fresh food is still always best. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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High School Players Aren’t Well Educated About Concussions - Despite all of the recent media attention about the dangers of concussions, many high school football players don’t know that much about their own risk. Researchers from the University of Florida found that around 1.9 million football players sustain a concussions each year, but 50 percent of high school players won't report having one, not knowing the symptoms, Health Day writes. (Photo: David Deas/Getty Images)

Low Vitamin D Linked to Asthma Attacks - Taking vitamin D may help reduce asthma flare-ups, according to a new study. Researchers found that asthmatics with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have more and severe attacks. Also, people with lower levels were also more likely to have to refill prescriptions for their asthma medications and more likely to have to see the doctor, writes the New York Times.  (Photo: Bob Sacha/Corbis)

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Low Vitamin D Linked to Asthma Attacks - Taking vitamin D may help reduce asthma flare-ups, according to a new study. Researchers found that asthmatics with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have more and severe attacks. Also, people with lower levels were also more likely to have to refill prescriptions for their asthma medications and more likely to have to see the doctor, writes the New York Times.  (Photo: Bob Sacha/Corbis)