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

Take Precautions Before Cervical Cancer Symptoms Manifest

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Take Precautions Before Cervical Cancer Symptoms Manifest

In years past, cervical cancer was one of the leading causes of cancer death among American women. One of the primary reasons why it was so deadly is because most women experience no cervical cancer symptoms until the disease has spread.

But in the past 30 years, deaths from cervical cancer

How to Sleep Better at Night—Naturally

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How to Sleep Better at Night—Naturally

You know what happens when you don’t sleep well: You feel sluggish in the daytime, and your concentration suffers. Poor or insufficient sleep has been linked to other problems, too, such as declined immune function and an increased risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. In your struggle to find

Does Coffee Cause Cancer? You’ll Find the Answer Here

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Does Coffee Cause Cancer? You’ll Find the Answer Here

It’s java that jump-starts your day. It’s the elixir of work. It’s coffee, the beverage enjoyed daily by an estimated 62 percent of all Americans, according to the National Coffee Association. For many, coffee is the rocket fuel that transforms us from sleepwalkers into go-getters, from lethargic to lively. But

Probiotic Foods: Best Choices and Supplements

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Probiotic Foods: Best Choices and Supplements

At any given time, trillions of bacteria live in your body, many of which reside in the large intestine. This colonic community of bacteria, known as the gut microbiota, plays a key role in immune function, digestion, weight management, and blood-sugar control, among other functions. Some of these microorganisms cause

Diverticulitis Diet: Smart Food Choices Keep the Pain at Bay

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Diverticulitis Diet: Smart Food Choices Keep the Pain at Bay

Once you’ve reached your senior years, there’s a better-than-average chance you have diverticulosis, the development of small pockets, or diverticula, in the muscular layers of the colon (large intestine). Sounds serious, right? Not always. In fact, most of the time these pockets are harmless. But, about four out of 100

Chronic Inflammation? Here’s How Altering Your Lifestyle Can Help

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Chronic Inflammation? Here’s How Altering Your Lifestyle Can Help

Your immune system is like a home security system. When you suffer an injury or infection, it sets off an alarm—what we know as an inflammatory response—by sending immune cells to neutralize viruses, bacteria, and other intruders that breach your outer defenses, thereby protecting healthy cells and tissues from damage.

Heartburn? It Could Be Caused by a Hiatal Hernia

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Heartburn? It Could Be Caused by a Hiatal Hernia

The diaphragm is a large muscle that separates your chest and abdominal cavity. The diaphragm contains an opening called the hiatus, through which your esophagus passes to connect to the stomach. In some people, especially those who are overweight, over age 50, or who smoke, the stomach bulges up through

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