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Neighborhood Has Huge Influence on Health of Latino, Black Boys and Young Men

New research funded by The California Endowment finds that African-American and Latino boys and young men are much more likely to experience poor health outcomes than white boys and young men. Most of these differences in health are directly related to the neighborhoods where they grow up. "This research shows that the health of African-American and Latino boys stems from their neighborhoods, their schools, their environments being unhealthy," said Robert Phillips of The California Endowment. "According to the research, place and policy clearly matter to the health of these boys and young men. If we truly want to address the health issues they face, California needs to put its support behind public policies and programs that advocate for comprehensive, community-based ...

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NEW VIDEO: Latinas, See Why a Mammogram Could Save Your Life

Latinas, even if you've heard it before, please listen: Cancer screening can save your life. To see why, watch our new dramatic PSA where a Latino family with a history of breast cancer discusses the importance of getting a mammogram that can detect breast cancer early, when it's most treatable: Watch in Spanish here. Please leave a comment on how you liked the PSA. For cancer info, call ...

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Where Are All the Latino Doctors?

Newsweek has a new series that examining many aspects of Latino health barriers, including an article that looks into the Latino doctor shortage. The article has a great summary on the lack of Latino doctors: By currently available census figures, 14.2 percent of the U.S. population is Latino, but they make up only about 6.4 percent of the students coming out of the country’s medical schools, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). That means there are roughly 3,000 Latino patients to each Latino physician. In comparison, for non-Latinos, the ratio is 335 patients to 1 doctor. That means that Latinos, who may not speak English as their first language and who may relate to medical professionals differently because of cultural reasons, are at risk of ...

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Videos Help Parents Learn Healthy Infant Feeding Practices

An early childhood obesity prevention program developed by Public Health Solutions uses videos to help mothers, fathers, and other caregivers feed their babies a healthy diet from birth to age 2. The videos are available on DVD in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and French Creole/French. Watch the videos ...

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Latino Cancer Fact Sheets & Resources

Here's a collection of some of the newest information and resources on Latino cancer: Spanish-Language Health Resource On its Web site, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers an Información en español section and a variety of consumer materials and other health tools in Spanish on topics such as quality of care, surgery, diseases, quitting smoking, and prescriptions. Bilingual Consumer Health Information Numerous agencies, organizations, associations, and book and video distributors provide consumer health information in Spanish. The Web site of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine offers a sampling of sources of bilingual information. The list contains resources originating from the U.S. Hispanic Demographic Fact Sheets There are differences across the ...

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Spanish-language ‘Novela’ Addresses Breast Cancer Myths

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is automatically a death sentence. If I have breast surgery, the cancer will spread. Breast cancer is only an inherited disease. These are some of the most common myths about breast cancer among Latina women. SHARE, a non-profit that educates women about breast cancer, has created a 16-page, full-color novela to dispel these myths. Se Valiente…Son Tus Senos© (Be Brave - They're Your Breasts) tells the story of “Ivette,” a Latina hairdresser who faces a breast cancer scare and learns how to be proactive about her health. “Breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death among Latina women and the five-year survival rates remain lower than those of other groups,” said SHARE’s Executive Director Alice Yaker. “Language and cultural ...

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SaludToday/IHPR Researcher Helps LIVESTRONG Expand Outreach to Latino Cancer Survivors

The Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG campaign is expanding its bilingual outreach to Latino cancer survivors through enhanced multi-media resources, developed with the help of Sandra San Miguel de Majors, a research instructor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. LIVESTRONG’s effort aims to help more Latinos affected by cancer by increasing visibility and access to bilingual resources on the Internet, cell devices and media. The campaign Web site, LIVESTRONG.org/espanol, for example, underwent major enhancements, adding new videos, audio features and links to Facebook and Twitter messages, thanks to content developed in part by San Miguel de Majors. San Miguel de Majors ...

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Summer Sun Problem: Rise of Skin Cancer in Hispanics Concerns Dermatologists

People with fair skin, blue eyes and red hair still have the highest risk of skin cancer, but doctors say the number of darker-skinned patients with skin lesions is rising, both under the hot Texas sun and nationally. Dr. Bahar F. Firoz of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio says melanoma is increasing among Hispanic women in particular. “Among Hispanic women of all ages in Texas, melanoma incidence increased 4.8 percent every year from 2002 to 2006. That is a very high rate,” Dr. Firoz said. “In Hispanic women over 50, this incidence is a whopping 10.8 percent. Overall, the incidence of melanoma is increasing in darker-skinned patients.” Dr. Firoz, assistant professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery in the Health Science Center School of ...

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San Antonio Smoking Ordinance Wouldn’t Snuff Out Restaurant/Bar Industry

If San Antonio ends up prohibiting smoking in indoor workplaces, its restaurants and bars are not likely to lose patrons to the few and geographically separated establishments outside the city limits that do allow smoking, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. The analysis identified and mapped the 165 licensed-to-serve alcohol establishments in 30 incorporated towns outside San Antonio, but within Bexar County. The vast majority (117) of those establishments already are smoke-free. The remaining 48 that do allow smoking are fairly geographically separated from each other and, even if weighed as a whole, don’t have the capacity to sustain an influx of smoking customers if ...

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