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Barbers Help Black Men to Improve Heart Health: Study

Over the course of a year, barbers in Los Angeles County promoted health services that greatly benefitted customers.

Barber Eric Mohammad and customer Mark Sims. Photo Credit: Cedars-Sinai's Smidt Heart Institute.

The barbershop is not only a place for a fresh haircut and conversation, but also a place where heart health can become a priority.


Black men who have participated in pharmacist-led blood pressure reduction programs in barbershops continue to have substantial improvements in blood pressure in a 12-month follow-up study.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in December, was led by Cedars-Sinai's Smidt Heart Institute. Researchers followed 52 Los Angeles County barbershops that were assigned to either a pharmacist-led intervention or an active control group. The men had blood pressure levels of 140/90 or more, and were ages 35 to 79.

In the intervention group, barbers promoted follow-up with pharmacists who prescribed blood pressure medication under an agreement with customers' primary care providers. In the control group, barbers promoted follow-up with primary care providers and lifestyle modification.

After blood pressure assessment at six months, the intervention continued with fewer in-person pharmacist visits to test whether the intervention effect could be sustained safely for one year while reducing pharmacist travel time. Final blood pressure and safety outcomes were assessed in both groups at 12 months.

"Among Black male barbershop patrons with uncontrolled hypertension, health promotion by barbers resulted in large and sustained blood pressure reduction over 12 months when coupled with medication management by American Society of Hypertension–certified pharmacists," according to the researchers.

The results showed that when guidance was coupled with medication, a blood pressure measurement of less than 130/80 was achieved by 68 percent of men who participated in the program, compared to 11 percent of those who did not. Normal blood pressure levels for adults are 120/80 or less.

According to the American Heart Association, the prevalence of high blood pressure (or hypertension) in Blacks living in the U.S. is among the highest in the world. More than 40 percent of Black men and women have high blood pressure.

Black Former NFL Player Defends His Daughter Against White Predator​

"I caught him at the apartment over there and we just had a good conversation," ex-NFL player Tony Beckham said.

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Former NFL player for the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions, Tony Beckham, caught a white man fondling himself outside of his daughter's window at 6:40 a.m. Monday (she had just exited the shower to get dressed), and runs outside, tackles him, his wife calls the police, and the man is arrested.

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'All My Support Came From Black Women,' Says Actor Terry Crews

Crews said that, after revealing he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive, Black women stood by him.

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When actor Terry Crews revealed that he was the victim of sexual assault by a "high-level Hollywood executive," he said Black men shunned him, while Black women supported him.

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Honorary Titles Revoked From DNA Pioneer James Watson Over Racist Views

Nobel Prize recipient, James Watson, still maintained debunked notions of Blacks and inferiority.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York State has revoked every title and honor given to 90-year-old DNA pioneer, James Watson.

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Groveland Four, Falsely Accused of Rape, Pardoned 70 Years Later

Relatives of the Groveland Four, and the accuser, Norma Padgett, were at the clemency hearing.

From left to right, Sheriff Willis McCall, jailer Reuben Hatcher, Walter Irvin, Charles Greenlee, and Samuel Shepherd. / Library Of Congress/NAACP Records

Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas, who became known as the Groveland Four, were wrongly accused of raping a white teenager in Florida. The four received pardons on Friday — 70 years later — but they are deceased.

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Update: Son of Black Man With Mental Illness Killed by Portland Police Plans to File Lawsuit

Meanwhile, the hospital that Andre Gladen was at hours before he was shot has made no comment.

Andre Gladen, a father of five who suffered from schizophrenia, was shot dead on Sunday by Officer Consider Vosu of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), after an altercation in a home. Records confirm that he visited the emergency room of Adventist Medical Center in Southeast Portland a few hours before his death.

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Legally Blind Black Man with Schizophrenia Shot Dead by Police

Portland Police have been under federal investigation for use of excessive force.

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Andre Gladen, 36, had been in the hospital a few times after experiencing hallucinations, including trying to break into a car that he believed was on fire with his brother and cousin inside, his twin brother, Fonte Gladen, said.

He suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was also legally blind. On Sunday, he was killed, instead of being helped, by police.

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