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Black Health Year In Review: The Biggest Breakthroughs Of 2011

First Posted: 12/20/11 02:05 PM ET Updated: 12/20/11 02:27 PM ET

For all the somber news that unfolded in the black health sphere this year -- from jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron's HIV-related death in May to comedian Patrice O'Neal succumbing to a battle with diabetes last month -- there have been some positive strides made to keep African-Americans in good health as well.

With more money pledged to treat those living with HIV to more stringent rules in the works for keeping babies safe inside their cribs, 2012 promises to be a good year to close the gap on some of the health disparities that have plagued the African-American community for years.

Here's a look at 2011's biggest breakthroughs on the health and wellness front.

Maryland Proposes Ban On Crib Bumpers
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A study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that African-American parents are more likely to use soft bedding for their infants, despite the increased risk it poses for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). African American babies are twice as likely to die of SIDS as white babies, according to the National Institutes of Health.

In September, the state of Maryland proposed to take them off the market, a move that would make them the first state to ban the bedding.

Filed by Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson  |  Report Corrections