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CDC Highlights Programs That Reduce Latino Health Disparities

Health disparities continue to plague Latinos, who often lag in many key health equity issues. Many organizations are taking aim to reduce these disparities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an update to their CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report that highlights U.S. programs that help reduce health disparities through “meaningful community and local health authority involvement” among different groups, including Latinos. “Reducing and eliminating health disparities is fundamental to building a healthier nation,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “With science-based and effective interventions, we can close health disparity gaps in America.” Eight programs were highlighted in the CDC’s supplement; they ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 2/23/16, 1 pm ET: “Domestic Violence & Latino Health

1 in 3 Latinas have experienced domestic violence and in 1 in 12 have experienced domestic violence in the previous 12 months. Tweet with #SaludTues to raise awareness about domestic violence and share resources at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Domestic Violence and Latino Health” TIME/DATE: Noon CST (1:00 PM ET), Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Moms Rising (@MomsRising), La Red Hispana, (@LaRedHispana), Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico (@CCNorthernNM) Special Guest: @DraIsabel (Dra.Isabel) Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter, share your stories and share resources that can help improve heart health in Latino ...

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Rate of Psychiatric Hospitalizations Spike Among Latino Youth

In California psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino children and youth are rising at a dramatic rate, The Sacremento Bee reports. According to numbers by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, the rates of psychiatric hospitalization among Latinos 21 and under “shot up 86 percent, to 17,813, between 2007 and 2014.” But, what’s causing the recent spike? One explanation policymakers and community leaders give The Sacramento Bee is that many Latinos don’t see mental health counseling until a crisis hits. Others think family disintegration due to deportations and the recent recession are to blame. The recent spike may mean more Latinos parents are seeking help for their themselves and their children. “The rise among Latino youths is remarkable in ...

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Rose A. Treviño-Whitaker: An Èxito! Grad With a Passion for Cancer Research and Health Promotion

Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016. Rose A. Treviño-Whitaker Houston, Texas Unpaved roads. Lack of proper sewage. Inadequate water. Rose A. Treviño-Whitaker grew up among these third-world conditions that plague some colonias—mostly Latino unincorporated settlements in South Texas. That’s why she dedicated her career to preventing disease and promoting public health as a researcher at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Born in the Valley of South Texas Rose is a high achiever and already up to her eyeballs in cancer research and health promotion. Rose has also helped create culturally relevant educational ...

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High Fiber Diet May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Teenagers who eat fruits and vegetables high in fiber may significantly lower their risk of developing breast cancer (a leading cause of death among Latinas), later on in life, according to a new study, CBS News reports. Researchers at Harvard’s T.H Chen School of Public Health analyzed data from 44,000 women and concluded that those who consumed about 28 grams of fiber a day “had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer before menopause compared with those who said they ate less than 15 grams a day.” "The results of this study emphasize the role of an early life high-fiber diet on prevention of breast cancer in later life. High consumption of foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains in early life may help to reduce breast cancer incidence," lead ...

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Most Latino Undergrads Enroll at Schools with Large Latino Student Populations

About 62% of all Latino undergraduate students are enrolled in “Hispanic-Serving Institutions” (HSIs), an indication of the critical role these schools play in retaining and graduating Latinos and creating an educated workforce, according to new data from Excelencia in Education. HSIs are accredited, degree-granting public or private higher education institutions with 25% or more full-time undergraduate Latino student enrollment. There are currently 435 HSIs in the US and Puerto Rico, an increase of 7% from 2013-14. Of the 18 states that have HSIs, over 80% are located in California, Texas and Puerto Rico; Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, and Washington each have at least one HSI in their respective state. “HSIs enroll about 1.75 million Latino students; this is an increase of ...

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Study: Colon Cancer Affects 1 in 7 Patients Under 50

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More men and women under 50, the age at which doctors recommend screening, are being diagnosed with colon cancer--a new analysis shows, Time reports. Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among Latino men in the U.S. “Colon cancer has traditionally been thought of as a disease of the elderly, “said study lead author Dr. Samantha Hendren, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The study shows 1 in 7 colon cancer patients is under 50, and “younger patients tend to be in more advanced stages of the disease. “ “This study is really a wake up call to the medical community that a relatively large number of colon cancers are occurring in people under 50,” Hendren ...

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El cáncer entre las primeras causas de muerte entre los latinos

El cáncer rápidamente se esta convirtiendo en la causa principal de muerte en los Estados Unidos y la causa principal de muerte entre los latinos, reporta Fox News. Nuevas estadísticas demuestran que el cáncer rápidamente esta sobrepasando a enfermedades del corazón como la causa numero uno de muerte en la país, aunque las cifras de mortalidad de ambas han ido en descenso por los últimos 25 años. De acuerdo a estadísticas del gobierno el cáncer es la causa principal de muerte entre varias minorías incluyendo a los latinos y adultos entre 40 y 79 anos de edad. La sociedad americana del cáncer pronostica que este ano habrá mas de 1 millón de diagnósticos de cáncer y 600,000 ...

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Study: HPV Increases Risk for Head Or Neck Cancer By At Least Sevenfold

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A new study suggests oral human papillomavirus (HPV) increases someone’s risk for head or neck cancer, UPI reports. For the study, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York analyzed records of more than 96,000 cancer-free patients taking part in a big study. Of the more than 96,000 patients 132 developed neck or head cancer during the follow-up period, “matching them with 396 controls and analyzing their mouthwash samples for several types of oral HPVs.” “People with HPV-16 detected in their samples were 22 times more likely to develop oropharyngeal cancer than those with no HPV-16 detected. The researchers also found that beta- and gamma-HPVs, normally found on the skin, could be linked to the development of cancer.” Doctors recommend that all ...

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