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Beauty Products Widely Use by Latinas Carry Toxic Chemicals, Study Finds

Widely popular beauty products used by Latina teenagers carry high levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals, according to new research by UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle, CBS reports. For the study, 100 Latinas were enlisted and researchers found that almost all had four chemicals in their bodies that are “potentially hormone-disrupting” such as: triclosan, parabens, oxybenzone and phthalates. “We know that a lot of makeup and personal care products contain chemicals that block or mimic or otherwise interfere with hormones,” Berkeley’s Dr. Kim Harley, associate director of Berkeley's Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health said. During the study, teenagers were switch from their regular beauty products to products free of the chemicals found in ...

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4 Tips to Solve Problems in Your Gums

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SaludToday Guest Blogger Jefferson Dental Clinics Latino adults suffer 2.5-times as much gum disease as their white peers. Gum health is just as critical as teeth health; swollen or bleeding gums and gum recession all can signal a greater oral health issue that, if left unchecked, can cause severe infection or even tooth loss. What causes swollen gums? Swollen gums can be an early indicator of gum disease, which in its early stages is known as gingivitis. Inflamed gums can cause serious discomfort and pain, particularly while eating and drinking. Additional causes of gum inflammation are tobacco use, poor nutrition, diabetes, and certain medications. What causes bleeding gums? Healthy gums should not bleed during routine brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can cause gums ...

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Teens and Kids Kick Tobacco Butts

March 16 is National Kick Butts Day—a day for kids and teens to take a stand against smoking. According to national data, 95% of smokers began smoking before turning 21 and more than 11% of Latino adults are current smokers. How can you raise awareness? Join the movement today by sharing your story on social media using #IKickButts and check out the live gallery of leaders kicking ...

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Angie Poggi-Burke: An Èxito! Grad With a Passion for Latino Health


Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now. Angie Poggi-Burke Hyattsville, Maryland  Fueled by the efforts of her mother who worked hard to provide for her kids, Angie, this native Puerto Rican graduated high school early and struck out on her own, moving to Washington, D.C., after college and then working on federal health disparities projects. Her proactive nature has stoked her interest in non-communicable diseases, psychosocial issues, and even US Census medical expenditure data. Angie obtained a BS in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and an MPH in Biostatistics from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. "[Éxito!] is a great program! ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 3/1/16, 1 pm EST: “Colorectal Cancer: What Latinos Should Know”

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Hispanic men and the third leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Let’s use #SaludTues on March 1, 2016, to tweet information and resources on Colorectal Cancer and Latinos: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Colorectal Cancer: What Latinos Should Know” DATE: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Fight Colorectal Cancer (@FightCRC), Colorectal Cancer Alliance (@CCAlliance), National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (@NCCRTnews) Questions we got via Social Media: What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer? How can colorectal cancer be prevented? What screenings are available? Be sure to use the hashtag ...

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Jasmin Berrios: An Èxito! Grad With a Passion for Latino Health

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Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016. Jasmin Berrios Houston, Texas  Taking a cue from her father who worked hard and still made time to spend with his family, Jasmin already applies those same values to her own career and personal life. Her hard work shows: she’s the first from her family to get college degrees, and she’s already developed a great knack for improving research methods. Throughout life, Jasmin has made a difference in her community by volunteering in various community organizations; this helped her realize how a public health approach could make a greater impact. Jasmin received her bachelor's in Health from Prairie View A&M University and her ...

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How the Changing Face of America May Impact Support for Mental Health Needs

SaludToday Guest Blogger Simmons College School of Social Work The changing face of America. Racial disparities in mental health treatment. As the two trends merge, we may see a growing gap in meeting the needs of minority populations in terms of mental health — and an increasing call for professionals in social work who can step up to the plate to create solutions that will help bridge it.  By 2042, "racial minority groups” will make up most of the U.S. population, according new U.S. Census Bureau’s predictions. By 2060, Pew Research expects white Americans to make up only 43% of the population, and Latino and black Americans will together make up 45%. Compare this to SocialWork@Simmons's new data on racial disparities in mental health treatment and you’ll see why ...

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Study: 1 in 4 Latino Gay or Bisexual Men Will Contract HIV in their Lifetime

A new CDC study finds a quarter of Latino gay or bisexual men will be infected with HIV over their lifetimes. “Gay and bisexual men continue to be most affected by HIV in the U.S. At current rates, 1 in 6 men who have sex with men (MSM) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, making them 79 times more likely than heterosexual men to be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes. People who inject drugs are also at increased risk,” the CDC said in a written statement. The south from Texas to Florida has a “higher rate of HIV infection than the rest of the country.” At current rates, 1 in 2 African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Hispanic MSM will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, compared with 1 in 11 white MSM. “These estimates are a ...

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HPV Rates Drop in the US

Research shows the prevalence of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States is down by 60% among teenage girls, since the introduction of the HPV vaccine, Fox News reports. For the study, researchers pulled data from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and concluded that HPV is down 64 percent among teenage girls ages 14 to 19 and 34 percent among young women ages 20 to 24. Although the HPV vaccine has the potential to prevent thousands of individuals from getting HPV related cancers (cervical cancers, penile cancers, head and neck cancers) uptake of the vaccine remains low. “We have this cancer-prevention vaccine that is severely underutilized in the United States,” Dr. Kevin Henry of Temple University said in news update from Fred Hutch ...

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