Health Rewind: Are Maternal Deaths Among Black Women Ignored?

Plus, the flu can even kill healthy kids.

Complications of Low Birth Weight - While a baby with low birth weight can be healthy, for those who aren’t, there can be serious complications. They include: Bleeding in the brain, heart problems, breathing issues, intestinal issues and eyes vessel issues. These babies may also be taken care of in the neo-natal unit. (Photo: ERproductions/Ltd/Getty Images)

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Black Women More Likely to Die During Childbirth: Where’s the Outrage? - In a new op-ed in RH Reality Check, a writer wonders where the outrage is around the high maternal death rate among Black women: We are three to four times more likely to die giving birth compared to white women. The author Cynthia Greenlee believes that the devaluing of Black women’s reproductive health is behind the lack of attention. (Photo: ERproductions/Ltd/Getty Images)

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“Scary” Amount of Candy to Be Eaten This Halloween - Halloween is here, and it’s estimated that about 4 percent of the candy consumed in the U.S is eaten on this day. Almost 100 percent of children will partake in a candy binge compared to 25 percent of adults, USA Today reported. Health experts reassure that it’s OK to eat a little chocolate here and there, but advise to throw out the rest of the candy in a week or two. (Photo: Shannon Long/GettyImages)

Fast Food Restaurants Encouraging Healthier Options - Some fast food companies are trying to make right with their consumers, NBC.com writes. Burger King has launched their low-cal French fries, Satisfries, and McDonald's, for a limited time, is putting children’s books into Happy Meals to encourage parents to read with their children. Earlier this year, McDonald's added apple slices to their Happy Meals and next year they will offer steamed vegetables as a side. (Photo: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Obese Teens More Likely to Be Attracted to Fast Food Ads - Fast food advertising can be extremely persuasive, especially for obese teens a new study found. Researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire showed more than 2,500 teens and young adults fast food ads with the company’s name taken out. Researchers found that those who could easily identify the company behind these ads were more likely to be obese, HealthDay revealed. (Photo: Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

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Alcohol Mostly Found in Rape Cases in the U.S., But It’s Complicated - A recent USA Today article about rape cited that alcohol is the most common factor for assaults among women in the U.S. — more so than GHB and other drugs. But Think Progress points out that this issue is beyond young girls “putting” themselves in danger: Rape isn’t about what the victim is doing, it’s about the perpetrators actions. (Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)

E-Cigarettes May Not be the Gateway to Smoking After All - Contrary to some popular belief, those who smoke electronic cigarettes may not graduate to actual cigs. Researchers from the University of Oklahoma found that of the teens they surveyed, while 43 people (3.3 percent) said their first taste of nicotine was an E-cigarette, only one person (3.3 percent) started smoking actual tobacco, Reason.Com reported.(Photo: Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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E-Cigarettes May Not be the Gateway to Smoking After All - Contrary to some popular belief, those who smoke electronic cigarettes may not graduate to actual cigs. Researchers from the University of Oklahoma found that of the teens they surveyed, while 43 people (3.3 percent) said their first taste of nicotine was an E-cigarette, only one person (3.3 percent) started smoking actual tobacco, Reason.Com reported.(Photo: Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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HPV Vaccine: A Wasted Resource for Blacks? - Despite the HPV vaccine’s effectiveness in reducing one’s risk of developing cervical and/or anal cancer, only a measly 1 percent of African-Americans boys and 8 percent of girls have received the series of shots. TheBody.com’s Dr. Gary Bell weighs in on these alarming low rates and why doctors don’t push the vaccine on their Black patients more often.  (Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/REUTERS)

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HPV Vaccine Falls Short for African-American Women - A new study found that the current human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine falls short in preventing cervical cancer in Black women. Researchers claim that we are more likely to have HPV subtypes that the vaccines do not protect women from, the Huffington Post reported. The report’s authors hope that Big Pharm will create more diverse vaccines that will create a wider safety net.(Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/REUTERS)

Study: Healthy Children Can Die From Influenza, Too - With flu season right around the corner, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns parents that the flu can be fatal for healthy kids, too. A new report found that “between 2004 and 2012, flu complications killed 830 children in the United States, many of whom were otherwise healthy,” HealthDay News wrote. Experts recommend that children six months and older be vaccinated for the flu. (Photo: Ana Abejon/Getty Images)

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Study: Healthy Children Can Die From Influenza, Too - With flu season right around the corner, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns parents that the flu can be fatal for healthy kids, too. A new report found that “between 2004 and 2012, flu complications killed 830 children in the United States, many of whom were otherwise healthy,” HealthDay News wrote. Experts recommend that children six months and older be vaccinated for the flu. (Photo: Ana Abejon/Getty Images)

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Health Hero: Encouraging Better Health From the Pulpit - Recently, the Kansas City Star recently gave props to local advocates Jannette Berkley-Patton, a psychology professor, and Rev. Eric Williams. The two received a three-year, $850,000 federal research grant to use Black religious institutions to promote exercise and healthier eating in hopes to lessen racial health disparities in Kansas City. Let the church say “Amen!”(Photo: Getty Images/ Amana Images RF)

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Five Tips to Successful Health Care Shopping - Still a little lost about shopping for health care in the new marketplace? The Associated Press offers up five tips to help navigate your path to the best health care plan. Our favorites: If you already have health insurance, you should check with them to see if their plan is cheaper than Obamacare plans, and don’t be afraid to ask for help (that is crucial). Read all of the advice here.(Photo: Teekid/GettyImages)

Mississippi Baby Still HIV-Negative - Earlier this year, the media broke an exciting HIV-related story: For the first time ever, a baby born with HIV was “cured” of the virus without taking AIDS meds for the recommended time after birth. In a new case study, researchers say that the toddler, who is from Mississippi, is still HIV-negative. It’s unknown as to why the baby’s mother, who is HIV-positive, stopped giving her daughter AIDS meds, CNN reported.(Photo: samxmeg/Getty Images)

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Mississippi Baby Still HIV-Negative - Earlier this year, the media broke an exciting HIV-related story: For the first time ever, a baby born with HIV was “cured” of the virus without taking AIDS meds for the recommended time after birth. In a new case study, researchers say that the toddler, who is from Mississippi, is still HIV-negative. It’s unknown as to why the baby’s mother, who is HIV-positive, stopped giving her daughter AIDS meds, CNN reported.(Photo: samxmeg/Getty Images)