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Immigrant Teens Less Likely to Commit Crimes

Immigrant teens are less likely to commit crimes, use drugs and engage in violent behaviors, than their U.S. born peers, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin. The study, published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, analyzed U.S. demographic data to  “show that immigrant adolescents are statistically less likely than U. S. -born peers to be involved in an array of violent and delinquent behaviors — such as serious fights, drug selling and gun carrying — and less likely to use alcohol, marijuana and other illicit drugs.” "In recent years, as we have seen growth in the number of immigrants in United States, we have also witnessed rising concern that immigrants may present a threat to American society," said Cristopher Salas-Wright, lead ...

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La distrofia muscular afecta primordialmente a los niños latinos

Un estudio reciente por la Universidad de Iowa encontró que la distrofia muscular afecta principalmente a los niños—especialmente a los niños latinos. El equipo de investigadores encontró que la distrofia muscular Duchenne o Becker, una condición genética que resulta en perdida de musculo afecta a 1 de cada 5,000 niños. Para los estudios investigadores analizaron datos  de actas de nacimiento y muerte al igual que records médicos de niños nacidos entre 1982 y 2011 en seis estados: Colorado, Arizona, Georgia, Hawái, Iowa y el oeste de Nueva York. Los latinos tienen una incidencia más alta de distrofia muscular seguido por niños afroamericanos. “Las personas afectadas por esta condición requieren de atención constante por sus familiares y cuidado complejo por ...

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Simple Tips to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

Summer is almost over, but there’s still time for one last trip to the beach, a family picnic, sand volleyball or fishing. Just keep in mind the risks of sun overexposure, such as skin cancer. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is responsible for 79 percent of skin cancer related deaths, and is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 25-30. All skin types and colors, including Latinos, are at risk. But, you don't have to hide from the sun. Doctors say you can protect from skin cancer by following these simple tips: Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher everyday Cover up with clothing, including UV-blocking sunglasses Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside Examine your skin head-to-toe once every ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat: “Let’s talk About Ovarian Cancer for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month”

 As many as 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year--unfortunately, many don’t catch it in time. One of the difficulties with diagnosing ovarian cancer is the lack of  symptoms or very mild ones. To raise awareness September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Join our weekly #SaludTues tweetchat 1 p.m. ET we will discuss solutions and ways to raise awareness. WHAT: #SaludTuesTweetchat: “Let’s talk About Ovarian Cancer for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month” DATE: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: University of Colorado Cancer Center (@CUCancerCenter), National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (@NOCC_National) #SaludTues is a ...

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10 Easy Ways to Save for Retirement

When it comes to retirement surveys Latinos often fail. Planning for retirement is not an easy task, but 54 percent of Latinos said they felt “not very” or “not at all” prepared, compared to 48 percent of Whites, according to an ING survey. The study also found that a hefty 57 percent of Latinos have never calculated how much money they will need to maintain their current living standards during retirement and 70 percent do not have a retirement plan. Experts recommend to start saving as early as possible—even if you’re past your 40s. What else should you do? See the top 10 easy ways to start saving for retirement and learn more about the Saving Matters campaign by the U.S. Department of ...

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Minorities and Women Underrepresented in Medical Specialties

Minorities, and women are underrepresented in many medical specialties, according to a new study—Fox Health reports. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers looked at the number of women and minorities (Hispanic and black) who graduated in 2012. “Medical schools have been trying to increase the diversity of their students, with perhaps the assumption that this increased diversity will translate downstream to all specialties," Dr. Curtiland Deville of John Hopkins University in Baltimore told Reuters. But, despite these efforts there still exist “disproportionate underrepresentation of women and minorities,” especially in the areas of radiology, orthopedics and otolaryngology. Based on public data, researchers determined that out of 16,835 medical ...

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Dra. Amelie Ramirez: Líder en investigación sobre el cáncer en la comunidad latina

Amelie Ramirez

El cáncer afecta a millones de latinos al año en los Estados Unidos. Con eso mente el National Cancer Insitute (NCI) ha subvencionado programas de investigación y redes comunitarias como Redes en Accion, el cual apuesta a reducir la incidencia de cáncer en la comunidad latina a través de una red nacional de grupos comunitarios, investigadores, agencias de la salud gubernamentales y la población en general. Al frente de esta red está la doctora Amelie Ramirez, quien por más de 30 años ha centrado sus esfuerzos en reducir las enfermedades crónicas y las desigualdades de salud por cáncer en la población latina. Conoce más sobre la doctora Amelie Ramirez en esta ...

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Fifty Percent of Latinos Using Antibiotics Erroneously

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that most Latinos believe antibiotics can treat a cold—Fox News reports. Fifty percent of Hispanic adults believe antibiotics are the cure for a cold or flu compared to 25 percent of the general population—“even though most cold are viral and antibiotics don’t’ work against viruses.” “We know from other research that cultural factors can influence health-related knowledge and attitudes,” said lead author Dr. Louise K. Francois Watkins of the CDC. For this study, the CDC analyzed data collected from a national internet survey “collected from participants living in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013, comparing surveys of more than 7,000 U.S. consumers in general to another set of surveys directed ...

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Study: A Few Cups of Coffee a Day May Help Colon Cancer Patients Recover Better

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day can help colon cancer patients (the second most diagnosed cancer among Latinos) recover better and lower their chances of dying early according to a new study-- reports NBC News. For the study colon cancer patients reported in a daily diary their daily physical activity and their diet. "What we found in this slightly less than 1,000 patients is that those who drank coffee regularly had a better disease-free survival, meaning they had a lower rate of having their cancer recur or of dying," Dr. Charles Fuchs, director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston told NBC News. Researchers found that “those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were 42 percent less likely to have their cancer come ...

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