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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 7/19/16: Online Communities & Tools For Healthy Change

By Rosalie Aguilar, Salud America! Project Coordinator At least 76% of U.S. Latinos connect to the Internet by mobile phone—many of which are connected to social media networks according to the Pew Research Center. Social media and online communities can be a great way to share information and tools to drive social change. Salud America! uses its website and online community to keep educators, parents, leaders, and members of the health care industry informed about the latest stories, policies and systems change to reverse Latino childhood obesity. This week we’ll be chatting about online communities and resources that can activate change. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat:  “Online Communities & Tools For Healthy Change” DATE: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 TIME: 1-2 ...

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Poll: Workers Report For Duty Even When Feeling Ill

The majority of working adults go to work when they’re feeling sick, especially those that work in low-paying jobs, according to results from a poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and NPR. The majority of workers who report for duty feeling sick work in the healthcare and food industries. "It's one of the biggest food safety problems that there is, and we've known about it forever," the Minnesota Department of Health's Kirk Smith told NPR. The poll found that over 60% of workers with low-paying jobs report to work with the flu and other illnesses, compared to 55% of workers with average earning jobs and 52% with high paying jobs. “A lot of them went to work because they were worried about losing their jobs if ...

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U.S. #1 in Car-Related Deaths

In the United States, we love our cars. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the machines that help us move from point A to point B kill more Americans than in any other industrialized country, CNN reports. In the last 13 years, the US has reduced cars related deaths by 31%, but according to experts that’s a very small number compared to the average of 56% in 19 wealthy countries such as Denmark (63.5%). “If the United States had reduced its death rate to the average of other countries, 18,000 more lives would have been saved,” according to the CDC report. Other key findings are: The U.S. ranks first in crash deaths per 100,000 people The U.S. Ranks 2nd place in alcohol-related car deaths The U.S. has the 3rd lowest ...

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HPV Related Cancers On the Rise

Cancers linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV) are on the rise according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Slate reports. The report by the CDC found that, between 2008 and 2012, an average of 39,000 cancers related to HPV were diagnosed each year; 28,500 of these yearly HPV cases could have been prevented by vaccination. What cancers are linked to HPV? Some of the cancers linked to HPV are cervical cancer and oropharynx cancers ( tongue, tonsils, and back of the throat). Doctors recommend the HPV vaccine for boys and girls between the ages of 11-12 years old. “Every parent should ask the question: If there was a vaccine I could give my child that would prevent them from developing six different cancers, would I give it to them?,” Electra ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 7/12/16: What Latinos Should Know About Lead Poisoning

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Are you aware of the dangers of lead? According to government figures, Latino children are at higher risk of suffering from lead poisoning than White children. Children under six years old are particularly at risk; lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain and central nervous damage. Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet resources, information on how parents can protect their families from lead poisoning. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “What Latinos Should Know about Lead Poisoning." TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, July 12, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Houston Department of Health (@HoustonHealth), U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (@hudgov) Moms Rising (@MomsRising), Mamas con Poder ...

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3 Million U.S. Teens Suffer from Depression Each Year

Nearly three million U.S teens suffer from depression—a condition that affects more Latinos than other ethnic backgrounds—according to a new government study, CBS News reports. "Adolescence is a critical time in a person's development, and battling with depression can be devastating for teens unless they receive effective treatment," said Paolo del Vecchio, director of the Center for Mental Health Services at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). According to the report, the rate of depression among teenagers increased to 11% between 2013 and 2014, up from 9.9% the previous year. "Effective treatment is available, but parents, teachers and all concerned members of the community must work to assure that adolescents in need get help," del ...

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Survey: Less Than Half of US Adults Know Zika Can Be Sexually Transmitted

Univsion reports that more than 60% of U.S. adults know nothing about Zika, and less than 50% know that it can be sexually transmitted This is according to a survey released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “With the Zika virus emerging as a critical public health issue here and around the globe, it is even more important for us to be intentional about when, if, and under what circumstances to get pregnant,” said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The survey conducted among 1,009 adults from different ethnicities, including Latinos, between ages 18-45 also reported that over 80% of adults have not made changes to their sexual life as a response to the threat of the Zika ...

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Jóvenes México-Americanos en mayor riesgo de desarrollar enfermedad renal

Jóvenes adultos que sufren de obesidad en los EE.UU., especialmente los mexicano-americanos, están en alto riesgo de desarrollar enfermedad renal, informa Health Day. "A pesar de que la enfermedad renal crónica se manifiesta típicamente en las personas mayores, la enfermedad puede comenzar mucho antes, pero a menudo no se reconoce el principio", dijo el líder del estudio, el Dr. Michal Melamed. Después de analizar los datos de más de 6.000 personas, los investigadores concluyeron que el 11% de los obesos mexicano-americanos entre las edades de 20-40 tenían altos niveles de la proteína albúmina, que está vinculada a la albuminuria, una condición a menudo asociada con la enfermedad renal crónica. "Debido a que las opciones de tratamiento para [la enfermedad renal ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 7/5/16: “#NatureWalks & #LatinoHealth”

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Kids who are physical activity are scientifically proven to achieve higher school grades, better attendance, improved behavior, and improved health. So where can kids find infinite options for physical activity? Nature. Many studies show that spending time in outdoor physical activity can positively impact mental and physical activity and health. But Latinos tend to lack availability of and safe access to parks and other natural spaces.. Let’s use #SaludTues on July 5, 2016, during the #NatureWalks theme month and #SuperJuly National Parks and Recreation Month, to tweet about the “Power of Nature” and how parents, schools, and communities can improve awareness of and access to nature among Latinos and everyone. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “#NatureWalks & ...

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