About the Author

Jim Black

Jim Black

Jim Black has covered myriad health topics as a medical editor and writer for more than a decade. He has worked with experts from some of the leading hospitals in the U.S., including Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Since 2005, Black has served as executive editor of the Cleveland Clinic Men's Health Advisor. In that time, he has written about everything from prostate diseases and diabetes to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and a wide array of other men's health issues. Previously, he spent 15-plus years as a staff writer and editor for a daily newspaper.
When he's not writing and editing, the western Pennsylvania resident freelances as a graphic designer and moonlights as a part-time musician. He's also a devout fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team and other Steel City sports teams.

Articles by Jim Black

Prediabetes Symptoms: Are They a Reliable Indicator?

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Prediabetes Symptoms: Are They a Reliable Indicator?

During your latest doctor’s appointment, your physician breaks the news that you have prediabetes. It means your blood-sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. You’re surprised not only by the diagnosis, but also by the fact that you experienced no prediabetes symptoms. After

Reduce Your Risk Before Stomach Cancer Symptoms Develop

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Reduce Your Risk Before Stomach Cancer Symptoms Develop

Many years ago, stomach cancer was among the most lethal forms of cancer in the United States. Today, though, the disease is less common in the U.S., although it remains a leading cause of cancer death in less developed parts of the world.

Stomach cancer often begins as precancerous changes in

Bone Cancer Treatment: Stopping the Spread of Sarcoma

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Bone Cancer Treatment: Stopping the Spread of Sarcoma

When you hear the term “bone cancer,” odds are it’s being used to refer to secondary cancers that have spread, or metastasized, to the bone from other parts of the body, like the lung, breast, colon, or prostate. The term also might be applied to multiple myeloma, which forms in

Have You Taken a Diabetes Test?

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Have You Taken a Diabetes Test?

Maybe you’re a few pounds overweight. You’re not as active as you used to be, or maybe you were never physically active to begin with. Your blood pressure might be a little high, and your cholesterol might be making a steady climb into undesirable territory. But what about your blood

Is There an Alternative to Mammogram Screening?

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Is There an Alternative to Mammogram Screening?

For years, the mammogram has served as the primary tool for breast cancer screening. Mammography can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is smaller and has not spread beyond the breast. In the search for a potential alternative to mammogram screening, researchers are studying other tests, such

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

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What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

What is erectile dysfunction? The answer is simple: An inability to consistently attain and maintain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse. It’s also called impotence, as the condition was known until the term erectile dysfunction, or ED, was coined in 1992.
But the answer to erectile dysfunction isn’t the same

Brain Tumor Symptoms: Not Just in Your Head

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Brain Tumor Symptoms: Not Just in Your Head

Not all headaches are cause for concern. You might suffer an occasional migraine, head pain from a stiff neck, or the after-effects of an extra glass of wine you imbibed the night before. You simply take a few aspirins or another medication and the pain in your brain subsides.

But when

Leukemia Symptoms: Know the Signs

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Leukemia Symptoms: Know the Signs

You’re feverish and fatigued. Your joints ache, and your lymph glands have swollen. Sounds like you have signs of the flu or any number of infections. But they’re also common leukemia symptoms.

In general terms, leukemia is cancer of your body’s blood-forming tissues, such as the bone marrow. Signs of leukemia

Melanomas Can Affect All Races

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Melanomas Can Affect All Races

People with fair complexions, red hair, blue eyes, and freckles typically are considered to be at greater risk of skin cancer than their darker-skinned counterparts. Research has shown that melanomas and other skin cancers occur more commonly in Caucasians than in other racial groups.

However, a new study suggests that African-Americans