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Osteoporosis Medication Could Prevent Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in Latina women, especially those who are BRCA1 positive, but according to researchers a drug commonly used to treat osteoporosis may prevent breast cancer, CNN reports According to results from a study published in the journal Nature Medicine, the drug, denosumab, “can stop certain breast tissue cells with the mutation from morphing into cancerous tumors.” "If this is an effective prevention strategy, then our hope is that it will be possible to prevent or delay breast cancer in women with a BRCA1 mutation and possibly other women at high genetic risk," said Jane Visvader a co-author of the study. "It would be great if this strategy could 'buy time' for women considering having ...

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Univision Launches “Reto 28”

Over 40% of Latinos in the U.S. are obese compared with 32% of Whites. With this in mind, Univision has launched “Reto 28” to help Latinos lose weight and stay fit and healthy. For the challenge, Univision has partnered with experts such as Maria Guerra, fitness instructor and spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red Heart campaign; Sabrina Hernández-Cano, licensed nutritionist and diabetes educator; and chef Hamlet García, also a spokesperson for the Go Red Heart campaign. Once they register users will receive weekly meal plans, two daily snacks, exercise videos and plenty of information to help them stay on track and improve their well-being. To register and learn more about this challenge click ...

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Muchos latinos no se sienten preparados para la píldora que previene el VIH

Muchos latinos se sienten no estar preparados para tomar el medicamento que previene el VIH conocido como preEP , informa NPR. Según la CDC 1 en 36 hombres latinos serán diagnosticados con VIH en su vida. En 2012 Truvada una "profilaxis pre-exposición", fue aprobado por la FDA como una píldora de prevención contra el VIH cuando se toma correctamente y puede reducir el riesgo en más de un 90 por ciento. La droga, que bloquea la propagación del virus en el cuerpo puede llegar a costar hasta $ 1,300 al mes. Pero, aunque la mayoría de los seguros y los programas de Medicaid; y también los gobiernos locales cubren una parte del precio para los residentes sin seguro, los expertos creen que el alto precio y estigmas culturales en torno a las relaciones homosexuales podrían ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 6/28/16: “Keeping #Fireworks Fun! Safety Tips for #FireworksSafetyMonth”

We are working to organize a Tweet chat about “Keeping Fireworks Fun!” in the promotion of the Fireworks Safety Month, on June 28th! We hope to see you there! Please feel free to share the info below with others! Fireworks are great for fun and exciting entertainment around upcoming holidays like the fourth of July, but what about safety? Many injuries and fires can be avoided by knowing how to enjoy fireworks. Rules and regulations are also important when deciding to purchase fireworks. Some parks or public spaces can also offer free firework shows! Find out how to have fun and be safe around fireworks with experts as they guides us on the safety tips for #FireworksSafetyMonth, along with our other co-hosts. Follow #SaludTues to join the conversation.     WHAT: ...

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How to Protect Yourself from Swimmer’s Ear

Summer is in full swing, and you’re probably cooling off by the pool, oceans, lakes, and rivers. But, as temperatures rise, so does the risk for swimmer’s ear (otitis externa), which affects millions of adults and children after some fun in the sun. What is it? According to the Mayo Clinic, swimmer’s ear is a bacterial infection caused by water that remains in the ear after swimming. Some of the symptoms include itching, redness inside the ear, discomfort, excessive fluid drainage, and the discharge of pus. If any of these symptoms exist doctors recommend using over the counter ear drops for swimmer’s ear, but in some cases prescription ear drops are needed. How can you prevent swimmer’s ear? To prevent swimmer’s ear you can wear a bathing cap, removable ...

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Kids Count Data Book: Health Disparities Among Latino Children Persist Despite Recent Gains

Despite growing up in the worst financial crisis in 80 years, the teenagers of Generation Z—those born after 1995—have broken records in education and health, but the progress is not equal among minority children especially Latinos, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book. Thanks to state, federal, and local public health programs teen births dropped 40 percent, abuse of drugs and alcohol among teenagers fell 38%, and the “percent of teens not graduating on time decreased by 28 percent.” “With more young people making smarter decisions, we must fulfill our part of the bargain, by providing them with the educational and economic opportunity that youth deserve," said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Casey Foundation. "We urge candidates in state and national ...

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Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans Suffer Worst Health Among Latinos in the U.S

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According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans, living in the U.S., have poorer health than other Latino groups, The Bismarck Tribune reports. The report shows that 3 in 10 Puerto Ricans and 1 in 5 Mexican Americans have a chronic illness, such as heart disease or hypertension. In terms of mental health, Puerto Ricans also fared worse; 6% said they had a serious psychological distress in the last 30 days compared to 3.3% among Central and South American adults. "Although the Hispanic population in the United States may share a common language, there is considerable variation among subgroups when it comes to culture, economics and even their attitudes toward seeking out health care,” researchers ...

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Report: 400,000 Latino Children Were Not Counted in the 2010 Census

A new report entitled “The Invisible Ones: How Latino Children Are Left Out of Our Nation’s Census” shows that nearly 400,000 Latino children were not counted in the last U.S. census, La Voz reports. “In Colorado, seven percent of Latino children, or 8,000 kids, were missed in the count," Yeriz Mayol-Garcia author of the report told La Voz. "The majority of those children reside in Denver and other urban areas” According to the authors of the report, the undercounting of Latino children hurts the Latino community, especially those that rely on federally funded services such as Head Start. “It’s important to have an accurate census because it’s a fair one. This is just one way of trying to help make this world a better one," Mayol-Garcia ...

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Cancer Experts: Coffee Doesn’t Cause Cancer, Drinking it Hot Might

For millions of Latinos having a cup of cafecito (coffee) every morning is an important part of their routine, but drinking it too hot may cause cancer according to cancer experts, CNN reports. In a recent review, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirmed coffee may not cause cancer but they warn drinking it at temperatures above 150-160 Fahrenheit (typical in Latino culture) may cause the disease. "The Working Group noted that the epidemiological evidence for very hot beverages and human cancer has strengthened over time,” the report ...

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