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Black Family Reunions Targeted With Health, Disease Prevention Awareness Messages

Black family reunions are becoming a platform in which to promote disease prevention and healthy living, and the trend is supported by some of the nation's leading health agencies and advocacy groups, the Washington Post reports. Blacks have higher rates of several chronic illnesses and diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS, than other groups.

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Genetic Testing Used As Basis For Denial Of Military Disability Benefits

"For more than 20 years, the armed forces have held a policy that specifically denies disability benefits toservicemen and women with congenital or hereditary conditions" -- a practice that "would be illegal in almost any other workplace," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Texas To Establish State's First Needle-Exchange Program

Needle-Exchange Program

The Commissioners Court in Bexar County,Texas, on Wednesday unanimously voted to move forward with a pilot initiative that will establish the state's first needle-exchange program, the San Antonio Express-News reports (Finley, San Antonio Express-News, 8/15).

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