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Archive for July, 2013

Angelina Jolie’s Message Important for African American Women

Last month, BRCA genetic mutations (BReast CAncer susceptibility genes) were highlighted in the media when actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had a prophylactic double mastectomy after testing positive for a genetic mutation.  Womenwith the BRCA genetic mutation have a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer than the general population. BRCA is responsible for five to seven percent  of breast cancers and about 10 percent of ovarian cancers.

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Do Flip-Flops Fly As Sometime Summertime Wear?

Just last week, Old Navy stores nationwide created long lines and crazed consumers vying over sales tables of this $1 footwear. Warmer weather and the summertime vacation season prompts an annual burst of function over fashion, or fashionable yet mostly bare feet. It’s a subject that has fostered flaps over presidential-appearances, rows of dress shoes languishing in closets or under desks, and infinite wardrobe makeovers.

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