Daily Archive: December 19, 2012


“I Can Cope” study helps children to breathe

Most asthma treatments involve using medication to open the airways and teaching children better ways to breathe during an asthma attack. Because difficulty breathing can be scary, Anna L. Marsland, PhD, RN, associate professor of psychology and nursing at the University of Pittsburgh wanted to find out whether helping children to manage their stress could also help to improve their asthma symptoms.


Pittsburgh City Council passes ‘ban the box’ bill

More than an estimated 150,000 residents of the city of Pittsburgh have some kind of criminal background. Now, after a two-year battle, led by Dean Williams, director of the Formerly Convicted Citizens Project, these individuals will not be unfairly denied employment for disclosing their background when filling out a job application. BAN THE BOX—Dean Williams celebrates with supporters. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “Today we are here to celebrate our city for taking a step to restore a large portion of our population,” Williams said at a press conference on Dec. 18.


Racial differences in asthma are shocking

Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and often causes coughing during the nighttime or early-morning. Today, more than 12 million people in the U.S. have asthma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people with asthma continues to rise. Cathy Vitari, nurse practitioner with the Asthma Institute, performs a breathing test called spirometry at a community event. Asthma affects people from all backgrounds and communities. It is more common and often more severe among children, women, African Americans and Puerto Ricans. Asthma is also more common and severe among people living in lower income and urban communities.


School shooting should be ‘catalyst for change’…Anti-violence groups seek stricter gun laws

In the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., the Coalition Against Violence, the Black Political Empowerment Project and CeasefirePA held a news conference to call on local, state and national governments to enact more stringent gun laws. VALERIE DIXON “As organizations, which have been attempting to reduce the impact of violence in the Metropolitan Pittsburgh area, and beyond, we are heartened by the comments of President Barack Obama who in recent statements has indicated a willingness, and indeed the need, to confront the violence which has become much too commonplace in the United States of America,” said B-PEP President Tim Stevens at the Dec. 18 press event. “We were encouraged to learn of the President’s apparent desire to confront the uncomfortable politics of attempting to change gun laws in America.”


Rejection, bullying are risk factors among shooters

by Elizabeth Landau (CNN) — If you’re wondering who else in the United States might fit a “profile” of becoming a mass killer, just look around: They are everywhere, and they’re most likely harmless. KILLER–Photo of Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza from approximately 2005. Frighteningly, we have little idea about what separates those who ponder committing slaughter from those who go through with it. Experts say that risk factors, such as social isolation and rejection, are found in many people across the United States, a country shaken by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.


Top 2012 searches include Whitney, PSY, Sandy

by Ryan NakashimaAssociated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The world’s attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, Web surfers searched in huge numbers to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver. FILE—In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 picture, Whitney Houston accepts an award at the Warner Theatre during the 2010 BET Hip Hop Honors in Washington. Houston was the “top trending” search of the year, according to Google Inc. People around the globe searched en masse for news about the superstar singer’s sad, accidental drowning (AP Photo/Nick Wass, file)


How to cope with change upon returning to the workplace

by Yolanda K. H. Bogan, Ph.D., C.A.P.Florida A&M University Returning to the workforce after being laid off or fired can be intimidating. Few job seekers think about the best way to cope with the change a new job brings after spending months or years unemployed. Once hired, after endless searches of online job postings and reading countless rejection letters, self-confidence in knowledge, skills, and abilities may have dwindled.


Democrats abandon strong Black women

(NNPA)–What is it about Democratic presidents and Black women that result in the women always being thrown under the bus? Black women gave President Obama 96 percent of their vote in 2012 – compared to 87 percent for Black men – but somehow Black women end up with tire marks on them.