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California: Undocumented Children Eligible for Health Coverage

More than 170,000 undocumented children will benefit from an extension of Medi-Cal (California’s Health Coverage) that will provide them with comprehensive medical insurance including dental and mental health services, Univision reports. "We have to invest in the next generation of Californians and that also has to include our undocumented children,” Sen. Ricardo Lara told CA Public Radio. To be eligible for coverage, children have to be 19 years old or younger and a family of four should not earn more than $65,505 a year. Currently, state legislators are working on expanding health coverage to undocumented adults. "The immediate need is to make sure that the federal government, that this administration, grants us this waiver to make California the first state to allow ...

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Let’s Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

The week of May 8th-14th is National Women’s Health Week! The purpose of celebrating Women’s Health Week is to encourage all the women in our lives—abuelitas, tias, sisters y primas—to take steps to live healthier. How are you staying healthy? More information ...

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Study: Painkillers May Reduce Empathy

Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in painkillers such as Tylenol, has been linked to less empathy for others, according to a new study by researchers from Ohio State, USA Today reports. During the study, researchers measured empathy of 194 college students and concluded that those students who had taken acetaminophen felt less empathy for others than students who took the placebo. "These findings suggest other people's pain doesn't seem as big of a deal to you when you've taken acetaminophen," said Dominik Mischkowski, a co-author of the study and researcher at the National Institutes of Health, in a statement. Researchers warn that taking acetaminophen “could have implications for our interpersonal lives.” “Empathy is important. If you are having an argument with ...

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SaludTues Tweetchat 5/10/16: Why Latino Families Should Talk About HIV

Latinos represent 17% of the U.S. population but make up 21% of people living with HIV and 23% of new infections. How can we reverse this alarming trend? What role can mothers play as a family influencer?  Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet about how families can start a conversation on this topic and identify other solutions, tips, resources, and campaigns to prevent HIV/AIDS among Latinos: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Why Latino Families Should Talk About HIV” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, May 10, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (@talkHIV), AIDS.gov (@AIDSgov), and Maria Mejia (@MariaHIVMejia) We’ll open the floor to your stories and ...

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FDA Bans E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

In a landmark move, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to people under 18 and will regulate all e-cigarette products including hookah, CNN reports. "This action is a milestone in consumer protection -- going forward, the FDA will be able to review new tobacco products not yet on the market, help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made, and communicate the potential risks of tobacco products,” the agency said The new regulations ban free samples and “ products may not be sold in vending machines accessible to people under 18. The new regulations will go into effect within the next 90 ...

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California Raises Smoking Age to 21

In majority Latino California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a series of bills that will raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 and will limit the sale of electronic cigarettes, reports the LA Times. "[These laws] will save countless lives, reduce astronomical costs to the health care system, and cost very little because it uses existing enforcement mechanisms," said Senator Ed Hernandez, who authored the bill to raise the age of tobacco products. "Today was an enormous victory for not only this generation, but also for many generations to come who will not suffer the deadly impacts of tobacco." California joins Hawaii as the second state to raise the smoking age and to ban the selling of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 21. According to a recent study, raising the smoking ...

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Over 30 Percent of Antibiotics Prescribed in the US are Unnecessary, Study Finds

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of 3 antibiotics prescribed by doctors in the U.S. are unnecessary, The Washington Post reports. "Antibiotics are lifesaving drugs, and if we continue down the road of inappropriate use we'll lose the most powerful tool we have to fight life-threatening infections," said CDC Director Tom Frieden. "Losing these antibiotics would undermine our ability to treat patients with deadly infections, cancer, provide organ transplants, and save victims of burns and trauma." According to the CDC, antibiotics are most commonly prescribed for illnesses such as common colds, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. The CDC’s national goal is to cut “unneeded prescriptions by at least half by ...

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Social Media Use Linked to Anxiety and Depression, Study Finds

Latino young adults on phone mobile social media

Heavy use of social media by young adults—especially women—may lead to depression according to a recent study, Forbes reports. For the study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh surveyed more than 1,700 young adults between the ages of 19 and 32 and concluded that those that spend the most time on social media had the highest risk for depression. This was especially the case for women with less education. “Given the increasing prevalence of social media and the substantial morbidity and mortality associated with depression worldwide, the positive association we found between social media use and depression has important implications for future research and intervention,” the study's authors wrote. From the participants surveyed 26% had high indicators for ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat: 5/3/16 “Water: The Health Benefits You Should Know

Water is one of the fundamental building blocks of life itself. It surrounds us on an everyday basis. However, despite it being everywhere in this country, many people still don’t realize how essential it is to good health and a quality life. What are the health benefits of water that you need to know? Let’s use #SaludTues on May 3, 2016, to tweet information and resources on Water: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Water: The Health Benefits You Should Know” DATE: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Campaign for Dental Health (@ILikeMyTeeth), Delta Dental Colorado (@DeltaDentalCo), URH20 (@URH2O) Questions we got via Social Media: What about sports drinks? Are ...

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