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Study: Gum Disease Linked to Breast Cancer-Risk

Postmenopausal women with gum disease could be at a higher risk for breast cancer, Reuters reports. Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that middle aged and older women with gum disease who smoked cigarettes or had quit within the past 20 years had a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 73,000 postmenopausal women who did not have breast cancer. “About one quarter said they had periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation and infection of the gum tissue around the base of the teeth. Gum disease has also been tied to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some other cancers.” After following the women for six years researchers found 2,100 women had been ...

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CDC: HIV Diagnoses On the Rise Among Latinos

New cases of HIV Infections continue to rise among gay and bisexual Latinos, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Latin Post reports. At the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, CDC officials revealed new HIV infections have been declining for most groups, including Latinas, but for young gay and bisexual Latinos the number of cases of new HIV infections has been rising. Between 2005 and 2014 the number of new HIV infections among Latino men spiked 24 percent. "Much more must be done to reduce new infections and to reverse the increases among Latino men. There is hope that the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and other efforts are beginning to pay off, but we can't rest until we see equal gains for all races and risk groups,” Jonathan Mermin, M.D., ...

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ADHD On the Rise, Especially Among Latinos

Since 2003 Latino children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) has increased by a whopping 83 percent, Fox News Latino reports. Between 2003 and 2011 the number of Latino children ages 5-17 with ADHD increased by 3.5 percent--"the largest increase of any racial or ethnic group," according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Researchers believe that the steep rise in new cases of ADHD among Latino kids is due in part to greater awareness and more information in Spanish. "There could be greater knowledge of the signs of ADHD in the school system and among parents, leading to more parents having their children assessed," Sean Cleary, associate professor of epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health at George Washington ...

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Diana Aguire : An Èxito! Grad Who Wants to Change People’s Lives For the Better

Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016. Diana Aguire Long Beach, Calif. A purse can make a fashion statement. But for this person, her “Yo Quiero Colombia” purse is a reminder of her roots and a reminder of her strong dedication to changing people’s lives for the better. She’s got a great start thanks to her work on an obesity prevention project and coordinating a promotora health education program. Diana enjoys doing research, working with the community, and providing mentorship to other Latino students seeking higher education. Diana is a first generation college graduate who received her bachelor's degree in Health Science from California State and is now enrolled ...

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Breast Cancer: Don’t Dismiss False Positive Mammogram Results Too Quickly

A false positive mammogram result may be an early indicator of future  breast cancer, NBC Health reports. A study conducted by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, found “Women who got a false positive were 39 percent more likely to get breast cancer over the next 10 years than women who simply got a negative result on a mammogram.” "(These are) not entirely surprising findings as we have long known that women with benign breast disease on biopsy are at increased risk of developing breast cancer," Dr. Therese Beavers of the MD Anderson Cancer Center told NBC Health. The American Cancer Society recommends all women over the age of 45 to schedule an annual mammogram ...

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Let’s Latinize #GivingTuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday; an opportunity for people like you and me to celebrate and encourage generosity around the world. This year, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HipGive), a Latino organization whose mission is to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector, is launching #LatinosGive. The aim of this social media campaign is to show the world how Latinos give back to their families, communities, and society. How can you participate? 1. Complete the phrase #LatinosGive on your hand, arm, or a piece of paper. 2. Take a photo or video of yourself. 3. Explain the word(s) chosen either directly on your video or on the caption of your photo. 4. Share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or ...

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Join our #SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 12/1/15: Latinos and HIV/AIDS

Latinos account for 21% of people living with HIV and 23% of new HIV diagnoses each year. On World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2015, let’s focus on changing this by using #SaludTues to tweet about innovative campaigns to improve prevention and programs to find solutions to HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Latinos and HIV/AIDS: What’s Your Status?” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (@TalkHIV) and Dr. Carlos Del Rio of Emory University (CarlosDelRio7) SPECIAL GUESTS: Latinos in the Deep South (@LatinoDeepSouth) and YOU! We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we ...

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Spanish Campaign: Tackling COPD among Latinos

The rising U.S. Latino population makes it important to help educate this group about the nation's third-leading cause of death: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). That's why the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), in collaboration with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and AstraZeneca, launched Tome Un Respiro, the first Spanish-language campaign to raise awareness among Latinos about COPD prevalence, treatment, and disease management. Nearly one of two cases of COPD goes undiagnosed, according to CHEST. “Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of COPD is critical, said Dr. Michael A. Campos, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief, Pulmonary Section at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center. ...

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New Model Helps Better Predict Breast Cancer in Latinas

A new risk-prediction breast cancer model based entirely on data from Latino women provides a more accurate assessment of Latina women's risk of developing breast cancer than existing models. The model presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) used data from the San Francisco Bay Area Breast Cancer Study, “focused on 1,086 Latina women with breast cancer and 1,411 without breast cancer cancer.” "Currently, there is no breast cancer risk-prediction model for Hispanic women," said Matthew P. Banegas, PhD, MPH, investigator with Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, and primary author of the study. "We developed a model based on data on ethnicity, nativity, and breast cancer risk factors, as well as incidence and mortality rates in ...

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