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#SaludTues Tweetchat 8/23/16: “What Latinos Should Know About Organ Donation”


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Stats from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that over 58% of those waiting for an organ donation are minorities including Latinos. Despite the rising number of Latinos in the organ donation waiting list, there still exist many stigmas about the topic in the Latino community. Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 to tweet about organ donation and Latinos! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “What Latinos Should Know About Organ Donation” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Texas Organ Sharing (@txorgansharing) + more! SPECIAL GUESTS: You! Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share stories and ...

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Más latinos están conectados a Internet



Más latinos tienen acceso a internet que hace unos años y la brecha digital entre los latinos y los blancos "se encuentra ahora en su punto más estrecho desde el año 2009", según los resultados de un estudio realizado por Pew Research Center. El estudio muestra que el acceso a Internet entre los latinos aumentó de 64% a 84% entre 2009 y 2015. Otros hallazgos claves incluyen: • El 80% de los adultos latinos acceden a Internet desde un dispositivo móvil • El 46% de los latinos accede a Internet desde una conexión de banda ancha en casa Según los autores, la mayoría del 16% de los latinos que aún no tienen acceso a internet son nacidos en el ...

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Study: Meditation Builds Brain Cells, Gray Matter



Meditation is known for reducing stress and mental issues, and according to a new study by Harvard University meditation also helps build stronger brains, the Harvard Gazette reports. For their research university investigators tracked patients for eight weeks who spent on average 27 minutes meditating a day. Magnetic resonance imaging scans were taken of the patients two weeks before the trial and at the end of the eight-week trial. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” study senior author Sara Lazar  told the Harvard Gazette. “This study demonstrates that changes in ...

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10 Songs for a Great Workout



What’s a workout without music? For Latinos, a workout without some tunes is almost a sin!! According to Huffington Post, these are the top 10 songs to workout to in August: • Brad Paisley & Demi Lovato - “Without a Fight” - 113 BPM • Martin Garrix & Third Party - “Lions in the Wild” - 128 BPM • Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John - “All in the Name” - 124 BPM • Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, Infrared, David Guetta & GLOWINTHEDARK - “All the Way Up (Remix)” - 98 BPM • Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ - “Cold Water” - 93 BPM • Carlos Vives & Shakira - “La Bicicleta” - 90 BPM • Alan Walker - “Faded (Tungevaag & Raaban Remix)” - 128 BPM • Cash Cash, Digital Farm Animals & Nelly - ...

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Study: Latino Heart Failure Patients Less Likely to Be Aware of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators


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Only one in five heart failure patients especially Latino and Blacks are counseled about the option and benefits of receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator ( a battery-powered device that monitors heart rate and if needed delivers electric shocks to restore normal heartbeat), according to a recent study by the American Heart Association (AHA). “Among patients who were counseled, black and Hispanic patients were less likely than their white counterparts to get an ICD. The data show 65 percent of whites got the device or planned to get it, compared with 58 percent of blacks and 56 percent of Hispanics, “ AHA wrote in their news portal American Heart Association News. “Those patients, randomized clinical trials have shown, are more likely to live … if they get a ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 8/16/16: “Back to School and Get Moving”



Latino students engage in less physical activity in school than their peers, which contributes to less healthy weights and other poor health outcomes, research shows.  That’s why physical activity and play is critical as kids head back to class this month. Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 to tweet about the latest statistics, trends, and methods of getting students the physical activity and the social, emotional, and mental benefits of play that they need during the school day. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Back to School and Get Moving” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Playworks (@Playworks) and the California Endowment (@CalEndow) SPECIAL ...

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High School Dropout Rates Have Declined Among Latinos, Report Finds


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Latino dropout rates have significantly declined from 32 percent in 1990 to 12 percent in 2013, according to a new report by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The report also shows a growing trend in college enrollment among Latinos. In 2013 Latinos represented 17 percent of undergraduates compared to 6 percent a decade ago. “Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2016 is the latest in a series of reports since 2003 on educational progress—from preschool through graduate school—among different groups. It draws on surveys and administrative records from students, teachers, school, local and state education agencies, and colleges and universities. Data sources include the National ...

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Volunteering Improves Mental Health, Study Finds


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Volunteering is good for mental health, especially among older adults according to a new study from the U.K., PsychCentral reports. For their research investigators surveyed over 60,000 adults between 1991-2008 and found that those that volunteered on a regular basis had signs of positive mental health. “Voluntary action might provide those groups with greater opportunities for beneficial activities and social contacts, which in turn may have protective effects on health status,” Dr. Faiza Tabassum told PsychCentral. “Particularly, with the aging of the population, it is imperative to develop effective health promotion for this last third of life, so that those living longer are ...

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Poverty and Oral Health



Guest Blogger: Dr.Qadira Ali Huff, Campaign for Dental Health Poverty weaves a complex web of problems for children and families. The burden of dental disease/cavities/tooth decay, which is/are more common than allergies or asthma, falls disproportionately on low-income, minority, and immigrant children (1).  Given that more black and Hispanic children live in poverty, these children experience double layers of risk to their oral health. Low-income children have five times more untreated cavities than children from higher income families (2).  Children with poor oral health miss school and can’t concentrate when they are in pain. Parents must miss work to care for children with dental pain, potentially jeopardizing employment. And people with mouth pain can’t get the ...

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