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

Chemotherapy Side Effects: What to Expect and How You Can Cope

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Chemotherapy Side Effects: What to Expect and How You Can Cope

Getting a cancer diagnosis is distressing enough, but for some people, concerns about treating the cancer with chemotherapy can be equally as troubling.

A woman might worry about how chemotherapy for breast cancer may cause hair loss or otherwise alter her appearance. Or a man might be concerned about how chemotherapy

Take Steps to Walk Away from Diabetes

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Take Steps to Walk Away from Diabetes

Losing 5 to 7 percent of a person’s body weight through diet and exercise reduced his or her progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, according to the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) trial. The study’s participants exercised 30 minutes a day on at least five days

Life-Saving Advice: Get Screened Before Bowel Cancer Symptoms Occur

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Life-Saving Advice: Get Screened Before Bowel Cancer Symptoms Occur

In the United States, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon (large intestine) and rectum—is the third-most common type of cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death. The vast majority of these cancers are adenocarcinomas, which usually develop from growths of tissue (polyps) known as adenomas on the inner lining of

Pancreatic Cancer Causes: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk

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Pancreatic Cancer Causes: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk

Patrick Swayze. Steve Jobs. Luciano Pavarotti. Michael Landon. They’re just a few of the public figures who have succumbed to pancreatic cancer. In the vast majority of people it touches—rich or poor, famous or anonymous—pancreatic cancer causes death. In fact, while mortality rates for many other cancers are declining, deaths

Prostatitis Causes More Than Pain

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Prostatitis Causes More Than Pain

Historically, a man complaining of pelvic pain, urinary problems, and other hallmark signs of prostatitis would visit his doctor and receive repeated, prolonged courses of antibiotics. The thought was that a bacterial infection was the underlying culprit. We now know that such infections occur in only a small percentage of

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

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What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

There was a time when eyecare specialists could do nothing to stop the advance of age-related macular degeneration. Advances in medical therapy offer the potential of halting the vision loss associated with age-related macular degeneration and, in some instances, restoring lost vision. But what is age-related macular degeneration, and what

Recognize Lymphoma Symptoms Early: The Key to Beating This Cancer

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Recognize Lymphoma Symptoms Early: The Key to Beating This Cancer

There was a time when receiving a cancer diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. Any treatment with chemotherapy or radiation could only postpone the inevitable, and only for a relatively short time. Today, that statement no longer holds true for many cancers, including lymphoma, as evidenced by the fact

Are You a Type 2 Diabetic? Protect Your Heart

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Are You a Type 2 Diabetic? Protect Your Heart

If you’re a type 2 diabetic, you face a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. And, a type 2 diabetic has a 70 percent greater likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease versus a non-diabetic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But recent evidence suggests that

Where There’s Prostatitis, Fatigue and Other Problems Ensue

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Where There’s Prostatitis, Fatigue and Other Problems Ensue

For many men with prostatitis, fatigue can be a daily companion, albeit an unwanted one. In fact, among the broad and diverse range of symptoms accompanying chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS)—the most common type of prostatitis—fatigue, pain, and urinary problems can be the most debilitating.

But the adverse effects