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In 2012, the population of African Americans including those of more than one race was estimated at 44.5 million, making up 14.2% of the total U.S. population.

Those who identified only as African American made up 13.1% of the U.S. population-over 39 million people.

The US Census Bureau projects that by the year 2060 there will be 77.4 million African Americans including those of more than one race in the United States, making up 18.4% of the total U.S. population.

Locations with the largest percentage of Black residents per total population in 2012 were the District of Columbia (51.6%), and Mississippi (38%). Location with the largest total number of black residents (in 2012) was New York (3.7 million).



In addition to pertussis, 15 other diseases are currently preventable with childhood vaccines

Vaccines help prevent disease by causing a child's immune system to recognize the disease in "imitation" form, so if the real disease comes along later, the child's body can fight it off. Adults need vaccinations too. Learn more.


“Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”
 —  G.K. Chesterton.


One researcher has measured the contribution of hope to productivity and academic achievement (14 and 12 percent, if you’re wondering).

The Bible mentions “hope” more than 180 times.

Read more about hope.


Between 2000 and 2008, deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s increased 66 percent . . 

while those linked to heart disease — the number one cause of death — declined 13 percent. Read more.


Old rule: Avocados should only be considered an indulgent "good fat."

 New rule: Avocados are the new bran. Read more about changing food rules.



More than half of adults (55 percent) said they don't think they are overweight and aren't making an effort to shed pounds

Recent studies have shown that 2/3 (67%) of Americans are overweight or obese. This discrepancy may suggest that addressing the obesity crisis in America must first start by convincing overweight Americans that they are indeed overweight. Learn more.



Statin users logged about 40 fewer minutes of moderate activity each week compared to nonusers.

 People who take a statin do experience an increase in muscle pain. Learn more.


Check. Change. Control.

Researchers assessed the use of the American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. program for high blood pressure. See what they found.  


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