Just a simple blood test – prick of the needle, a vial to receive the specimen, and it's over, almost as quickly as it began.
The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test is generally used to detect prostate cancer in men 50 years of age and older. Early detection can make the difference between surviving the disease and succumbing.
"Men's health is so important because we just don't get checked out like we should," said the Rev. Bartholomew Orr, senior pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, Miss.
by Christian Ross
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
For many people, the term "Web 2.0" might as well be foreign language.
But for hundreds of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools students who took part in the 2012 Got Tech summer camp, Web 2.0 meant taking a glimpse at future career options.
In its fourth year, Got Tech teaches students to explore the world of technology. Students spent a week creating blogs, podcasting and even tried their hands at video production.
Well-known and respected local photographer Abudu Mukarram was buried on Monday, June 11, not long after suffering a brain aneurysm from which his body could not recover.
Born Morgan Murrell, he changed his name to reflect his faith in Islam, and was joined in this decision by his wife, Rukiya Jean, who is left to cherish his memory, along with their sons, Diyan Ijaaz and Jibril Riyaad.
Chester McClora has lost six inches from around his waist. While he had hoped for more pounds lost, he's satisfied with his progress and hopes to continue his wellness journey.
"When you have a big belly sticking out there, and you're a deacon in the church, it looks bad," said McClora, a retired electrician and member of St. Matthews M.B. Church. "I haven't lost a lot of weight, but I am concerned about my health. I don't want to have a heart attack."
McClora weighed 247 lbs. before he took the "Challenge."
Radford Dockery's commitment to children – his own and myriad others – has brought a Father of the Year award his way.
Committed Fathers Alliance (CFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of father-children relationships, tapped Dockery for the honor, selecting him from numerous nominations from across the United States recognizing worthy fathers for their dedication and commitment to their children and other children in the community.
The recognition is linked to those who nominated him, including his daughter, Raebin.
Derrick T. Yates is focused on attaining the skills of a physical therapist. It's no fluke or whim and he's about to take a major step forward.
This fall, the Central High School graduate will start pursuing a physical therapy degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He'll be aided by a $1,000 scholarship from the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, which annually supports a Central High School senior who decides to pursue a career in the health field. It's part of the Foundation's adopt-a-school partnership with Memphis City Schools.
The scholarship is linked to an essay competition. Derrick's winning essay described his inspiration to major in physical therapy after witnessing the importance of his god-brother's rehabilitation after a spinal and neck injury.
The American Cancer Society kicked off its community-wide Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3) enrollment at Brown Missionary Baptist Church on June 3. It was the first of three enrollments in Memphis, and it maxed out its enrollment capacity at 150 enrollees.
The five-hour enrollment offered to the community and congregation was held in conjunction with three church services that morning and afternoon.