Andrea Fernandez: An Èxito! Grad Who Believes in the Value of Perseverance



Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016. Andrea Fernandez San Antonio, Texas It’s not always easy to stay calm, cool and collected under stress or facing adversity. However, Andrea is ready for anything that comes her way thanks to her mother, who stayed positive and encouraged her to continue her education despite battling cancer.  As the first person in her immediate and extended family to attend a university, Andrea has  the desire to evolve and excel. Andrea completed her bachelors in Psychology at UT Pan American and her masters in Public Health from the UT Health Science Center Houston-School of Public Health. Andrea thought that she might be past the stage where she ...

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Study: Gum Disease Linked to Breast Cancer-Risk



Postmenopausal women with gum disease could be at a higher risk for breast cancer, Reuters reports. Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that middle aged and older women with gum disease who smoked cigarettes or had quit within the past 20 years had a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 73,000 postmenopausal women who did not have breast cancer. “About one quarter said they had periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation and infection of the gum tissue around the base of the teeth. Gum disease has also been tied to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some other cancers.” After following the women for six years researchers found 2,100 women had been ...

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Online Resource for Latino Health Care Consumers



In California, Spanish speaking Latinos who have been denied health coverage, experience delays or are dissatisfied with the decisions made by their health plan will now have a place to send their complaints and get help using the Spanish version of MyPatientRights.org created by the California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC). "MyPatientRights.org is a beacon of light in a stormy health care sea, particularly for patients with a chronic condition," said Liz Helms, president and CEO of the CCCC. "With the future of the nation's health closely linked to the well-being of the Hispanic and Latino communities, it is imperative they access quality, affordable health care and navigate the complaint system when they are not able to access the specialists or medicines they need. As more ...

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Nuevos casos de diabetes en descenso, entre los latinos no tanto



Nuevos casos de diabetes continúan en descenso en los EE.UU, después de décadas de ir en aumento. Entre los latinos y afro-americanos el descenso no es muy significativo, reporta Univisión noticias. Datos del centro para la prevención y control de enfermedades (CDC)  muestran una caída de nuevos casos del 20% entre 2008 y 2014. El año pasado 1.4 millones fueron diagnosticados a comparación de 1.7 millones en 2008. Sin embargo según la CDC entre los latinos y afro Americanos continúan siendo mas vulnerables. En la comunidad latina el numero de nuevos casos de diabetes no ha cambiado drásticamente. Expertos advierten que la batalla contra la diabetes no ha terminado. Alrededor de 29 millones de personal viven con diabetes y 86 millones están en riesgo de ...

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Research: Latino Families Have Worse Access to Healthy Food



Latinos tend live in neighborhoods with few supermarkets and other sources of healthy, affordable food options, but several promising solutions are emerging, according to a new package of research from Salud America!, a national network for Latino childhood obesity prevention funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Salud America!’s Better Food in the Neighborhood research package includes an in-depth review of the latest science on the U.S. Latino food environment and policy implications based on that research. It also includes an issue brief, animated video, and infographics. The research shows that Latino neighborhoods have one-third as many supermarkets as non-Latino ones, corner stores with few healthy options, and ...

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Thanks for the Nomination, #LATISM!



@SaludToday, our Latino health social media handle at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center, was honored to be nominated for the Best Health Advocate reaching Latino(a)s through Tech Innovation and Social Media award from LATISM (Latinos in Social Media), a nonprofit group that empowers Latinos through tech innovation and social media. Although we didn't win (congrats to our friends at the American Heart Association!), we love being part of a huge push to improve Latino health. During the conference, SaludToday's social media coordinator, Carlos Valenzuela, was honored to speak on behalf of IHPR Director Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez about how we’re using using our social media accounts and digital communications via Salud America! to ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 12/8/15: “Envisioning A Healthier Food Environment for Latino Kids”



What will happen to the future environment? How are policymakers, restaurants, and communities impacting food in Latino neighborhoods? Who’s targeting Latino and other kids of color? Do they see more healthy or junk food ads? What steps can we take to see the food environment that promotes health? Use #SaludTues to tweet with us on Dec. 8, 2015, as we unveil the results of a new study that explores the ways we can envision a healthier food environment for Latino neighborhoods and communities. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Envisioning A Healthier Food Environment for Latino Kids TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m., ET, Dec. 8, 2015 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Food Corps (@FoodCorps); Voices for Healthy Kids (@Voices4HK) We’ll open the ...

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Let’s Latinize #GivingTuesday



After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday; an opportunity for people like you and me to celebrate and encourage generosity around the world. This year, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HipGive), a Latino organization whose mission is to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector, is launching #LatinosGive. The aim of this social media campaign is to show the world how Latinos give back to their families, communities, and society. How can you participate? 1. Complete the phrase #LatinosGive on your hand, arm, or a piece of paper. 2. Take a photo or video of yourself. 3. Explain the word(s) chosen either directly on your video or on the caption of your photo. 4. Share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or ...

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Coca-Cola’s Chief Scientist Resigns



Rhona S. Applebaum, Coke’s chief scientist is stepping down after revelations that the soft drink giant tried to play down the role of coke products in the spread of obesity, New York Times reports. Data from SaludAmerica shows more than 39 percent of Latino children between the ages 2-19 are overweight or obese in the United States. As part of Coke’s strategy to influence research on the effects of sugary drinks on obesity, Applebaum helped establish a nonprofit group known as the Global Energy Balance Network. “The group’s members were university scientists who encouraged the public to focus on exercise and worry less about how calories from food and beverages contribute to obesity.” According to Coca-Cola the company did offer financial support to the group ...

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