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Haircuts and a health checkup

March 25, 2009 | 5:00 p.m. CDT
Dwight Woods, right, smiles as nursing student Meghan Welsh takes his blood pressure at Flotrin's Barber Shop in St. Louis. Nursing students in St. Louis are focusing on blood pressure checks for African-American men. High blood pressure affects over 40 percent of African-Americans, and the complications can be serious, even deadly, if left untreated. The American Heart Association says compared with whites, black people have a 1.8 times greater rate of fatal stroke, a 1.5 times greater rate of heart disease death and a 4.2 times greater rate of end-stage kidney disease.

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