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#SaludTues Tweetchat “Access to Clean & Sustainable Water for Latinos” 08/18/2015 1pmET

We are running out of water according to the NASA satellite GRACE. How do we know what technology will help us or hurt us in accessing and finding sustainable sources of water? California, Michigan, and other states have dealt with water issues for the last decade. We all need to talk about water, and what resources we have to help find solutions for clean and sustainable access of water for Latinos and humanity in general. Please join us on our tweet chat tomorrow and share your voice on what matters with water. What can be done? Learn more about increasing access to sustainable water resources and questions about how to access resources at the #SaludTues Tweetchat, “Water: Access To Clean & Sustainable Water For Latinos” at noon central (1 p.m. eastern) Tuesday, August ...

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HIV Prevetion Drug A Hard Sell Among Gay Latinos

HIV prevention pills are a hard sell among gay Latinos, NPR Health reports. According to the CDC 1 in 36 Latino men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. In 2012 Truvada a “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” was approved by the FDA as a prevention pill against HIV-- when taken correctly it can reduce the risk by more than 90 percent. The drug, which blocks the virus from spreading in the body can cost up to $1,300 a month. But, although most insurances and Medicaid programs; and also  local governments cover part of the price for uninsured residents, experts believe the high price tag and cultural stigmas surrounding gay sex could be  major factors in Latinos not signing up for Truvada. "Even for people who have heard about it, [these concerns make] them reluctant ...

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Muscular Dystrophy Affects Primarily Latino Boys

A recent study by the University of Iowa, found muscular dystrophy affects primarily boys—especially Latinos. The team of researchers discovered Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder which results in muscle weakness over time, affects 1 in 5,000 young boys. For the study, researchers analyzed data “ culled mostly from birth and death certificates and medical records—for children born between 1982 and 2011 in six states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, and western New York. They calculated the disorders’ prevalence across four five-year time periods, beginning in the 1991-1995 period and ending in 2006-2010.” Latino children had a higher prevalence of the disease, while African-American children had the lowest. “People who have these ...

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CDC: More Low-Income Teens Getting HPV Vaccine

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teens below the poverty line are doing better than their more affluent peers in getting the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), which protects against cervical cancer, NPR Health reports. The 2014 National Immunization Survey for Teens, shows that “among teenage girls ages 13 to 17 whose total family income was less than the federal poverty level for their family size, 67.2 percent have received the first dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, compared to 57.7 percent for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it's 51.6 percent compared to 39.5 percent.” One of the reasons for this trend, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 08/04/15: “Parkinson’s Disease: How to Raise Awareness in the Latino Community”

Did you know Parkinson’s disease affects Latinos in big numbers? Let’s break the ice and talk about the disease and its misconceptions and how we can bring more awareness to the Latino community. Join the discussion this coming Tuesday August 04 at 1 p.m. ET along with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson’s Action Network. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Parkinson's Disease: How to Raise Awareness in the Latino Community." DATE: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Michael J. Fox Foundation (@MichaleJFoxOrg), Parkinson's Action Network (@PANtweets) Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and ...

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California: Latinos Underrepresented in State and Local Government

In California Latinos are underrepresented in state and local government, according to a report, Los Angeles Times informs. The report by The Leadership California Institute entitled “ The Status of Latinos in California,” shows that although Hispanics make more than 30 percent of the state’s population, they represent only 10 percent of county supervisors, 15 percent  of city council members, 12.5 percent in the state senate and 23.8 percent in the assembly. Part of the issue, according to the report is that many Latinos are ineligible to vote for two reasons, they’re either not citizens or under 18 years old. But there many eligible Latino voters who report not being “reached by campaigns seeking their vote.” "One of the structural problems we have in our ...

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Study: Age and Fear Are Factors for Low Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas

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Compared to the general women population in the U.S. the rate of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings are low among Latinas. In a new study published in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, researchers attribute the low rates among Latinas to age and fear of cancer diagnosis. The research was conducted by analyzing and understanding the characteristics of women who did not follow up with phone calls and participation in Esperanza y Vida, a program aimed at addressing the low rates of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings among Hispanic women. "Participant loss to follow-up represents a potentially important source of bias in research studies," says Deborah Erwin, PhD, Principal Investigator of the study and Director of the Office of ...

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Inexpensive Generic Drugs Reduce Risk of Death in Post-Menopausal Women

Inexpensive generic drugs can improve rates of survival in women diagnosed with breast cancer, which disproportionately affects Latinas, CBS News reports. The studies published in The Lancet , revealed “ a class of hormone-therapy drugs called aromatase inhibitors and bone-preserving drugs called bisphosphonates” dramatically increased the rate of survival in post-menopausal women with early breast cancer. "It may be that this is a first step in helping us figure out which patients are more likely benefit and which patients are not," Dr. Dawn L. Hershman, associate professor of medicine and director of the breast cancer program at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told CBS News. "We can strategize to ...

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Report: Historic Decline in Latino Voter Turnout since 1978

The percentage of U.S. Latinos who voted in congressional elections declined drastically over the past 36 years and remained far lower than white and black voter turnout, according to a new Census report. The report, which examines historical voter turnout in congressional elections by age, race, and Hispanic origin, indicates that the 2014 congressional election turnout rate of 41.9% was the lowest since the U.S. Census Bureau first began asking Americans about voting and citizenship status in 1978. Among Latinos, the rate declined from 35.7% in 1978 to 27% in 2014. White voter turnout dropped from 50.6% to 45.8%, while black voter turnout slightly rose from 39.5% to 40.6%. Overall, recent trends indicate "low levels of engagement among young people and the opposite for older ...

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