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Benign breast disease factors could put African-American women at risk for cancer, Wayne State University researcher finds


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A Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher has identified characteristics in benign breast disease associated with future cancer risk in African-American women.

Michele Cote, Ph.D., associate professor of Oncology for the School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, recently reviewed data from about 1,400 20- to 84-year-old African-American women who underwent breast biopsies between 1997 and 2000. Researchers identified biopsies that showed benign breast disease, or BBD, and also tracked subsequent breast cancers.

BBD is an established risk factor for breast cancer among Caucasian women, Cote said, but less is known about it in African-American women, who tend to get breast cancer earlier, in more aggressive forms and die more frequently from it.


GIF shows just how bad America’s prison problem has become

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 5% of the world’s population but around 25% of its prisoners. As the above GIF demonstrates, it’s a national problem that’s developed over a significant amount of time — but it’s gotten far worse since the beginning of the 1990s, particularly in the South and Southwest.

The U.S. prison population is over 2.4 million, more than quadruple what it was in 1980. More than 1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars, while approximately 86% of the prison population is held by the states.

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America is falling behind in the worst way possible: STEM

The U.S. News & World Report released its latest STEM index, which examines student aptitude and interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Its conclusion: Despite the continuing growth of STEM industries and opportunities for employment, there still isn’t enough talent to fill those jobs — and interest in them has barely grown over the past decade.

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This Is The War On Drugs (via “The House I Live In”)

A call to national conscience, the activist documentary “The House I Live In” is persuasively urgent. Directed with heart by Eugene Jarecki, the movie is an insistently personal and political look at the war on drugs and its thousands of casualties, including those serving hard time for minor offenses. It is, Mr. Jarecki asserts — as he sifts through the data, weighs the evidence and checks in with those on both sides of the law — a war that has led to mass incarcerations characterized by profound racial disparities and that has created another front in the civil rights movement. (via NY Times)

Here’s the thing, going into this film I KNEW our criminal justice system was messed up, but I didn’t expect to see politicians, judges and corrections officers chiming in and demanding that the system change. THAT was incredibly eye opening for me and all the more reason that more people need to see this film. If you haven’t seen it already, “The House I Live In” is currently available for rent and instant streaming on Netflix. And if you don’t have Netflix, you’re in luck because April is officially the last month I’m able to offer my followers a free month subscription through

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