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

Is There Such a Thing as a Prostatitis Diet?

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Is There Such a Thing as a Prostatitis Diet?

Of all the diseases affecting men, prostatitis is among the most perplexing. It encompasses an array of symptoms that vary from person to person, making treatment decisions difficult. Likewise, the factors that can trigger prostatitis symptoms or worsen them are as diverse as the symptoms, leaving many men with little

Throat Cancer Symptoms: Take Heed of These Serious Signs

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Throat Cancer Symptoms: Take Heed of These Serious Signs

Your throat. A lot can happen to that 5-inch hollow tube that connects the base of your nasal cavity to your windpipe and esophagus. A sore throat can silence your singing voice. Or a faulty pharynx (the medical name for the throat) may cause swallowing difficulties that can affect your

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

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What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

There was a time when eye care 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

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.

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

Low-Sodium Diet: Your Path to a Healthier Blood Pressure

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Low-Sodium Diet: Your Path to a Healthier Blood Pressure

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, and when it comes to hypertension, your diet is a major driver of your blood pressure. If salty foods have a familiar place on your dinner plate, chances are you’ll see your blood pressure numbers rise. Conversely, a low-sodium diet

Low Back Pain? Explore Your Options for Easing the Ache

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Low Back Pain? Explore Your Options for Easing the Ache

Just about everyone experiences low back pain at some point. You might strain your back while lifting, twist the wrong way, or sit or sleep in an awkward position.

The good news is that you probably can find relief without surgery or other invasive treatments—and maybe even without medications. In its

How Do You Get Diabetes?

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How Do You Get Diabetes?

The worldwide prevalence of diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, recent data suggests. So, the critical question for everyone is: How do you get diabetes? A number of underlying factors are to blame for the global upswing in diabetes cases.

To avoid becoming part of the statistics, it’s vital to understand what