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Young Latinos Have Higher Chance of Dying from Cancer than Whites, Study Finds

If you’re Latino between the ages of 15-29, then you're 75% more likely than whites to die of cancer, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Cancer Center, LatinPost reports. “This is a population that shouldn't be getting cancer and it's devastating when they do. Knowing that a disparity exists allows us to ask questions that can help ensure everyone receives the best possible care,” said study author Meryl Colton, a medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. What are the roots of this disparity? According to Colton, this disparity could be attributed to three factors: “disadvantages of the patient's socioeconomic level, the possibility that for genetic reasons a cancer might pose a greater danger for certain populations, and the ...

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SaludToday Wins More Web Health Awards for Raising Awareness of Latino Health

Spreading the word about how to improve Latino health is a dire need. That’s why we at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio created our SaludToday blog and social media campaign. We recently won two Web Health Awards for our digital efforts to raise awareness for Latino health from the Health Information Resource Center, which gives awards twice annually for online health information. We earned “merit” awards for our Youtube page, and  “bronze” award for our Twitter page. Please help us continue to raise awareness of Latino health issues and solutions by following us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 6/14/16: Latinos and Mental Health Awareness

Nearly 16% of U.S. Latinos suffer some form of mental illness, yet Latinos are often much less likely to seek out treatment for mental health conditions. Fear of being stigmatized, lack of health insurance, certain cultural beliefs, and practices, or simply a failure to recognize symptoms of a mental illness, are all reasons behind why Latinos are less likely to seek treatment for mental health conditions. During this week’s #SaludTues Tweetchat, we’ll be chatting about ways to raise the bar on promoting mental health awareness among the Latino community. Follow #SaludTues and help us spread the word! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat:  “Latinos and Mental Health Awareness” DATE: Tuesday, June 14th 2016 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with ...

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Si el cáncer está en tus genes una vida saludable podría compensar el riesgo, un estudio sugiere

Las mujeres con los genes que están relacionados con el cáncer de mama pueden reducir significativamente el riesgo de la enfermedad siguiendo un estilo de vida saludable, de acuerdo a un nuevo estudio publicado en el Journal of American Medical Association, reporta ABC news. Los factores claves de estilo de vida, los investigadores encontraron que los más importantes fueron: "El mantenimiento de un peso saludable; no fumar; limitar el alcohol; y no usar la terapia hormonal después de la menopausia.” "Las mujeres en la categoría  más alta de riesgo debido a factores no modificables, las que tuvieron  un índice de masa corporal bajo, no beben no fuman, y no utilizan la terapia hormonal de la menopausia su riesgo es  comparable a una mujer promedio en la población general, ...

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Nueva investigación vincula a las papas con riesgo de presión arterial elevada

Las papas son un ingrediente importante en muchos platos latinos populares, tales como papas con carne, caldos y papas horneadas. Una nueva investigación sugiere que el  comer esta verdura más de cuatro veces a la semana puede aumentar el riesgo de presión arterial elevada, una condición que afecta a millones de latinos en Estados Unidos, informa HealthyDay De acuerdo con investigadores que analizaron datos de más de 180, 000 personas que participaron en tres estudios diferentes en los EE.UU., encontraron que las papas  al horno, hervidas o puré de papa está vinculada con un aumento del riesgo del 11%; comer papas fritas está ligada a un riesgo del 17%. "Las patatas tienen lo que se llama un alto índice glucémico en comparación con otras verduras", dijo el investigador ...

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How Latinos Can Stay Active During Retirement

SaludToday Guest Blogger Jim Vogel ElderAction   Physical activity plays a huge role in mental health, particularly as you age. Though aging takes a toll on your body, it’s no excuse to become sedentary. Aging does not prevent exercise; it simply means you need to find new ways to do it. Here are a few ways Latinos  can stay active and keep their minds healthy during retirement. Daily or Weekly Walking Groups A popular way for seniors to exercise is joining walking groups. Seniors that live close together can get together and schedule regular neighborhood strolls. These walks are a great reason to leave the home and be social. Studies are finding that morning walks are extremely beneficial for mental health while the group aspect is perfect for seniors who often ...

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Your Child’s Doctor Can Help with Teeth!

SaludToday Guest Blogger Susan Fisher-Owens, MD, MPH, FAAP, Campaign for Dental Health To eat healthy and nutritious foods, it helps to have healthy teeth! Did you know that your child’s doctor can help with that? Hispanic children have more tooth decay in their baby teeth and permanent teeth than white non-Hispanic children.  And that decay is more likely to be more severe and to go untreated. The good news is that it’s easy to protect teeth. Fluoride, in the form of fluoridated toothpaste, fluoridated water and fluoride varnish, works to not only prevent dental caries, but even to reverse early signs of decay. Here is what you need to know. Fluoride varnish is a concentrated form of toothpaste that is brushed onto your child’s teeth by someone working in the ...

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3 Ways to Have a Fun and Healthy Memorial Day

Multi Generation Family Playing Soccer Together

If you’re like millions of Latino families you’ll most likely be honoring those who served our country with a carne asada, pozole and other delicious, but not so healthy Latino dishes. According to the latest national health report card, Latinos continue to suffer from obesity in the U.S. Let’s do something different this year and celebrate Memorial Day the healthy way. Here are 3 ways to have a fun and healthy Memorial Day: Organize a futbol match in the park: There’s no better way to spend a beautiful day in the park than by playing a short soccer match with tios, tias and primos (as); it will not only be a perfect family bonding time, but it’ll help you burn a few calories. Walking challenge: Challenge your family members to go for a 1 or 2 mile walk! ...

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SaludTues Tweetchat 5/31/16: Bridging the Gap on Latino Health Disparities

The latest nation’s health report card finds that although advances have been made in important areas such as numbers of uninsured and infant death; health disparities among Latinos still persist. How can we address health disparities and what’s the health report card telling us about Latino health?Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet ideas and solutions: Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet ideas and solutions: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Bridging the Gap on Latino Health Disparities” • DATE: Tuesday, May 31st 2016 • TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues • HOST: SaludToday @SaludToday • CO-HOSTS: Office of Minority Health  (@MinorityHealth) FDA en Espanol (@FDAenEspanol) FDA Office of Minority Health (@FDAOMH) Praxis ...

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