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FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for Patients Battling with Parkinson’s Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a brain stimulation device to help patients battling with Parkinson’s disease, which disproportionately affects Latinos, Health Day reports. The BRIO Neurostimulation system is "an implantable deep brain stimulation device to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, a movement disorder that is one of the most common causes of tremors," the FDA said in a news release. The Brio System was approved by the FDA after two clinical trials, one involving 127 patients with essential tremor who used the device for six months, and one involving 136 patients with Parkinson’s disease who used the Brio system for three months. "Both groups showed statistically significant improvement on their ...

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Inaugural Community Event Explores Women’s Cancer Survivorship

More than 200 cancer survivors and healthcare providers explored diet, spirituality, and more at the inaugural Women’s Survivorship Summit on June 13, 2015, in San Antonio. The summit, which featured guest speakers and cancer resources, was organized by the San Antonio Cancer Education Collaborative, a coalition that includes the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. “The event was a huge success. We made great strides to increase awareness of the various issues faced by cancer survivors, and solutions to those issues” said Sandra San Miguel, summit co-chair and a researcher of Redes En Acción, a Latino cancer research network supported by the National Cancer Institute and led by the IHPR. The summit featured ...

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2.5 millones de hispanos sin perspectivas de poder comprar una casa

En los próximos cinco años, el 40 por ciento de nuevos hogares será formado por latinos. De acuerdo a Hispanics & Home Ownership: Closing the Gap, un nuevo reporte por el Demand Institute, más de cuatro millones de latinos en Estados Unidos,  tiene el sueño de ser  propietario de su propio hogar, pero solo 1.5 millones de Hispanos estarán financieramente  preparados para tomar ese paso, dejando a 2.5 millones de Hispanos sin perspectivas de poder comprar una casa. Ingresos suficientes al igual, un buen nivel de crédito y buen enganche son varios de los obstáculos que los latinos enfrentan a la hora de comprar una casa. “Los hispanos fueron golpeados muy duro por la crisis financiera y la burbuja inmobiliaria,  haciendo que el panorama para muchos de  hispanos ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 3/3/15: Celebrating Latina Health: Habits & Heroes

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements women throughout history have made that make our world a better place. In honor of this month, we’re celebrating Latina health and the women who inspire us to live life to the fullest . We know Latinas are at a higher risk for developing certain kinds of cancers and illnesses, but we also know that changing a few daily habits can have a huge impact on well-being. Because salud is more than just being disease-free. It’s having a clear mind, uplifting relationships and an unbreakable spirit. Join us and our co-hosts as we tweet about Latina health and the women who inspire us at the next #SaludTues Tweetchat. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Celebrating Latina Health: Habits & Heroes” DATE: ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 2/3/15: Family Dinner: Why it Matters & What to Make

Eating dinner as a family is linked to all sorts of benefits for both kids and adults: higher grades, better self-esteem, less depression and more. But between after-school activities and other time commitments, it can be hard to get everyone to sit down for a family meal---not to mention a healthy family meal. With food and family playing such an important role in Latino culture, why aren't more Latino families sitting down for dinner together? It only takes a few tweaks to make family dinners happen regularly that are both healthy AND delicious. Join us and our co-host celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman as we tweet about weeknight family dinner and how to make it healthier at the next #SaludTues Tweetchat. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Family Dinner: Why it Matters & ...

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Are More Latinos Earning Degrees in Science & Technology?

The number of Latino students receiving bachelor’s degrees in the physical sciences and engineering is on the rise, according to a report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Statistical Research Center. In 2012, for the first time ever, the number of Latinos earning physical science and engineering degrees surpassed 10,000/year. Between 2002 to 2012, the number of Latinos earning bachelor’s degrees in the physical sciences and engineering rose by 78% and 64% respectively. "While those numbers are encouraging, Hispanics are still underrepresented in many fields, including astronomy and earth sciences," said Laura Merner, the research associate who authored the report. "More Hispanic students earning physical science degrees is a good thing, but it does not mean ...

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Join Us for #SaludTues 12/02/14: How do Eating Disorders affect Latinos?

Each culture brings a unique constellation of family dynamics that contribute to an individual’s mental health. In the Latino community, family impact on mental health, specifically eating disorders, can contribute to whether or not an individual seeks help. Unfamiliarity with eating disorders and difficulty connecting with the struggles of a family member may result in a decreased likelihood of seeking treatment. Let’s tweet about the impact, treatment, and stigmas of eating disorders among Latinos: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Eating Disorders and Latinos” DATE: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 TIME: Noon CT (1:00 PM ET) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: @TheBellaVita We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we ...

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Report: Hispanics Make Up 21% of New HIV/AIDS Infections

Hispanics comprised 21% of new HIV/AIDS infections each year in the United States. About 1 in 36 Hispanic men and 1 in 106 Hispanic women will be diagnosed with HIV at some point, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Latin Post reports. That's why the CDC launched a new Spanish-language campaign, Podemos Detener el VIH Una Conversación a la Vez (We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time). The campaign aims to provide knowledge and promote talking about HIV prevention to "increase HIV awareness, decrease stigma and shame that are too often associated with HIV, and play a part in stopping HIV in the Hispanic/Latino community." CDC offers great educational resources and materials. It also has a four-part, telenovela-style video series about how a ...

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Study: A Look into Chronic Disease and Hispanics in the U.S.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has released a new report on July 15, 2014 on Latnio Health. The report, "An Inside Look at Chronic Disease and Health Care among Hispanics in the United States," examines the challenges in preventing and managing chronic diseases in the Latino community. With support from Boehringer Ingelheim and in partnership with public health consulting firm John Snow, Inc.(JSI), NCLR gathered information about the rates of chronic disease among the Hispanic community, the challenges and motivators faced in prevention and management efforts and the roles of health care providers and community resources in helping Latinos handle health issues and chronic conditions. The report is based on written surveys and focus groups of patients at community-based ...

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