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A new study recently published by a college professor finds that the American media portrayal of Black men "perpetuates many of the same, negative patterns that are common in popular culture."
Armon Perry, a professor of social work at the University of Louisville, spent two decades reviewing research on Black men and families.
The research falls into one of two categories: many Black men are "disproportionately low income," and "poor Black men reject monogamous romantic relationships in favor of a hypersexual masculinity to overcompensate for their inability to fulfill the traditional breadwinner role."
Other studies found that Black males desire intimacy and companionship in stable relationships. But the economic disparities they face in every day American society is one of the factors in their struggles to maintain stable monogamous relationships.
In his 4 year study, Perry followed 33 Black men from Louisville, Kentucky. He found that "the near-exclusive focus on low-income Black men in research related to the family skews perceptions of these men."
He found that the skewed perceptions of low income men reinforce negative stereotypes that portray Black males as dangerous and predatory.
Many of the Black men Perry interviewed credited their partners with making them better husbands, fathers and men.
According to one of the participants, "I always tell her that I couldn't have become who I am without her. Meeting the right person... is probably the most important decision I've made in my life."
Perry's findings, which counter the popular image that society holds of Black men, are published in his book: "Black Love Matters: Authentic Men's Voices on Marriage and Romantic Relationships."
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Anti-vaxxers who refuse to vaccinate their children against childhood diseases are considered insane conspiracy theorists who put the health of their children at risk.
Now a ten-year study validates their fears that there may be a link to vaccines and an increase in childhood disorders.
54 percent of children and young adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic illnesses that require lifelong pharmaceutical prescriptions.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refused to conduct a study comparing vaccinated children with their unvaccinated peers.
So pediatricians in Oregon took it upon themselves to conduct a study after they noticed respiratory illnesses in children skyrocketing over the past 30 years.
Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., conducted the ten year study at Integrative Pediatric that found unvaccinated children were considerably healthier than vaccinated children. The results of the study were published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
The study, which followed 3,300 vaccinated and unvaccinated pediatric patients for ten years, revealed that unvaccinated children required 25 times LESS visits to the doctor for respiratory ailments than vaccinated children.
Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld found that vaccinated children were more likely to suffer from asthma, ear infections, allergies, sinus infections and skin rashes than unvaccinated children.
The CDC recommends over 70 doses of 16 vaccines for a child before he reaches the age of 18.
Children who received 90 to 95% of the recommended vaccines were about 25 times more likely to see the pediatrician than the unvaccinated children.
A Waldorf, Maryland housewife shot and killed her police detective husband in an apparent murder-suicide Friday evening.
Police say Christina Francis, 41, fatally shot Timothy Francis, 50, before turning the gun on herself in a murder-suicide that shocked neighbors on their quiet suburban street.
WUSA9 reports Charles County detectives responded to a 911 call around 6 p.m. on the 3300 block of Marylea Court after Christina's father found the bodies. He told police he tried to reach her by phone all day and when he didn't hear from her, he went to the home and discovered the bodies.
According to WUSA9, a neighbor who lives a few houses down saw Christina shortly before the incident.
"She had just walked past me walking her dog... and an hour and a half later, we heard the police sirens," Delancey Praylow III said.
"It's sad because it feels like one of your own family members because we were all tight like that," Praylow said.
"You never know what people go through," said another neighbor, Demetrius Wilson.
Incidents of intimate partner violence (IPV) and stalking against men by women are on the rise, according to a National Family Violence Survey published in 2017.
A new study reveals that more men were killed by women in 2017 than in the decade prior. The figures aren't in yet for 2018-2020, but the statistics of women killing men are expected to soar.
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A new study suggests people who work from home are becoming more racist than their counterparts who still drive to work every morning.
The new study, conducted by polling company Survation, warns that people are living in a bubble and without social mixing between different cultures, religions and ethnic groups, people are more apt to become racist and intolerant to others.
In the United States, over 50% of the workforce continue to work from home amid the daily news reports of spikes in positive coronavirus tests.
44 percent of the workforce in the UK are now working from home due to strict coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
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Doctors are concerned about the effects of smoking marijuana among young people who are vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Weed smokers put themselves at risk of dying if they contract the coronavirus.
Weed smokers are among the COVID-19 high-risk categories and explains why more young people are succumbing to the virus in recent weeks.
Doctors say marijuana smoke weakens the heart muscles, putting weed smokers and vapers at higher risk of dying due to COVID-19. Doctors have previously linked weed smoking to deaths of young people who contract COVID-19.
"The American Heart Association recommends that people not smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis products, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs and blood vessels," said Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, the deputy chief science and medical officer for the American Heart Association, in a statement.
Experts say anyone considering smoking mary jane recreationally should consult with their doctors first.
In addition to COVID-19 risk factor, doctors also found weed smoking has "the potential to interfere with prescribed medications" as well as "trigger cardiovascular conditions or events, such as heart attacks and strokes," said clinical pharmacologist Robert Page II.
"If people choose to use cannabis for its medicinal or recreational effects, the oral and topical forms, for which doses can be measured, may reduce some of the potential harms," Page said in a statement.
"It is also vitally important that people only use legal cannabis products because there are no controls on the quality or the contents of cannabis products sold on the street," he added.
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Researchers working on a COVID-19 vaccine say the vaccine will only work if Black people participate in the clinical trials.
Calethia Hodges, a Black clinician who recruits Black people for human trials has a tough job. She is struggling to convince Black Atlantans to participate in the clinical trials.
Hodges, a clinician at Infinite Clinical Trials near Atlanta, said Black people are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. "And that's why I am here, in this neighborhood that is predominantly African American," she told NBC News.
She said researchers need Black people to volunteer to determine "how genetic factors affect relations to drugs."
So far, she has had no success recruiting Black volunteers in Atlanta.
Researchers put it bluntly: "A vaccine might not work in African Americans if African Americans do not participate in the clinical trials to create the drug."
But Black people are overwhelmingly saying "No, thanks."
Hodges is having difficulty recruiting Black men due to the fear of clinical trials after the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment that spanned 40 years from 1932 to 1972.
28 of the original 399 volunteers died of syphilis because they never received the drug to treat it. Another 100 died of related complications, 40 of their wives were infected, and 19 of their children were born with congenital syphilis.
"The reasons I hear African Americans will not participate are heartbreaking and disappointing," Hodges said. "I have heard about the Tuskegee experiment a lot. And I have heard 'They [doctors] will give me the virus.' And 'They will put a chip inside me.' Many say their parents raised them 'to never participate in medical research.' It's all tough to overcome."
A new op-ed by Frank Furedi, a sociology professor and author, explores the link between men "shunning” sex, the MeToo movement and the "feminization" of young men.
Furedi notes that "Celibacy has become the new normal," as studies show the number of sexually inactive males is increasing.
A survey published by the American Medical Association (AMA) finds that sexual inactivity is increasing among men aged 18 to 24.
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1 in 3 young men reported no sexual activity during the past year.
One expert theorized that young men are having less sex because they are taking longer to grow up. Young men are preoccupied, perhaps with video gaming, social media or other young men.
Others say the decline of sexual activity is due to the economic insecurity many young people face.
They blame the "feminization" of young men in cultural and social life. The MeToo movement, for example, encourages a "defensive and anxious approach towards dealing with women."
The MeToo movement serves as a constant reminder of the inferiority of identity. This sentiment is most strikingly expressed through the negative qualities associated with the term ‘white man’. In these circumstances, it is not surprising that many men become hesitant and defensive in their relations with women. Defensiveness can lead to adopting the strategy of avoiding disappointment through disengagement from sexual interaction. Source
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A new study has revealed why morbidly obese people are more at risk for dying from Covid-19.
The study shows morbidly obese people are at high risk of dying from Covid-19 because their fat cells produce more of a protein that the virus needs to infect human cells.
Fat cells express more ACE2 receptors, which doctors say may explain why obese people are more at risk of dying from Covid-19.
The coronavirus attaches to ACE2 receptors that provide pathways into human cells. Researchers and epidemiologists have known for some time that the coronavirus infects people who have more ACE2 receptors. European white women have the least level of ACE2 receptors.
For instance, more men die from coronavirus than women. That is because men express more ACE2 in their testicles. Biological women don't have testicles.
The study collected data from hospitalized patients.
A separate study found that 66% of hospitalized patients were infected while at home on quarantine.
Doctors fear that restrictions such as sheltering at home may cause the infection to spread faster between family members than if they were outdoors.
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U.S. doctors have started prescribing hormone replacement therapy for men after learning that men are more likely to die from Covid-19 than women.
The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 uses ACE2 (Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) as a pathway to enter human cells. ACE2 is expressed in the lungs, kidneys, and testicles.
Doctors are hoping estrogen will help protect men from the virus. Estrogen is naturally present in the blood of both sexes, but women have much higher levels of the sex hormone than men for the purpose of reproduction and carrying a baby to term.
According to the NY Times, two clinical trials are currently underway to determine whether dosing men with female sex hormones will protect them from the virus.
Last week, doctors on Long Island started treating male Covid-19 patients with Estradiol to boost their immune systems.
Los Angeles doctors will begin treating Covid-19 patients next week, according to the Times.
"There's a striking difference between the number of men and women in the intensive care unit, and men are clearly doing worse," said Dr. Sara Ghandehari, a pulmonologist at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
She said 75 percent of Cedars-Sinai's Covid-19 patients on ventilators are men.
Dr. Ghandehari said pregnant women, who have high levels of estrogen and progesterone, tend to have mild symptoms.
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Chinese researchers who analyzed over 72,000 patient records found that the Wuhan coronavirus has been more fatal in men than women.
Covid-19 primarily targets men, elderly, smokers and those with preexisting respiratory or cardiac conditions.
According to SCMP, doctors in central Wuhan are planning to conduct a study of the effects of Covid-19 on the male reproductive system after a smaller study of 81 men found that Covid-19 patients had roughly half the normal levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.
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Researchers analyzed blood samples from 81 men ages 20 to 54 who tested positive for the coronavirus and were hospitalized in January.
Previous studies show that the virus binds to ACE2 receptor cells which are found in the lungs, kidneys and testicles.
Researchers plan a long-term study which may include the collection and analysis of sperm samples as well as interviews with coronavirus patients.