Important Dates for Health Insurance Marketplace (Obamacare) Enrollment



Open enrollment for Obamacare opens soon. According to data from the CDC 30.4 percent of Latinos under 65 years old lack health insurance. Signing up during the enrollment period ensures you and your family members are protected in 2016. Here are some key dates to keep in mind: November 1, 2015 Open enrollment starts-first day you can enroll in a 2016 Marketplace plan December 31, 2015 Health insurance coverage ends for 2015 January 1, 2016 First date 2016 coverage can start January 31, 2016 2016 open enrollment ends   For more information visit ...

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Latinos: Hablemos sobre el VIH



Actualmente en los Estados Unidos 220,000 Hispanos viven con VIH y si las tendencias actuales continúan se estima que 1 de cada 36 hombres latinos y 1 de cada 106 mujeres latinas será diagnosticada con VIH durante su vida. Los jóvenes entre 13-24 años están aun a un más alto riesgo. Este grupo represento el 26 por ciento de nuevas infecciones de VIH en el país. Entre los jóvenes homosexuales y bisexuales el número de nuevas infecciones por VIH incremento en un 22 por ciento. Una encuesta del 2013 encontró que el 34 por ciento de estudiantes de preparatoria quienes reportaron actividad sexual tres meses antes de la encuesta encontró que el 41 por ciento no uso condón. Para reducir el nuero de nuevas infecciones de VIH en la comunidad latina el Centro de prevencion ...

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Manual para padres primerizos



Ser madre primeriza no es nada fácil pero tampoco lo es ser padre primerizo. ¿ Como se cambia un pañal? ¿ Cuál es la forma correcta de cargar a un bebe? Son algunas  de las preguntas que quizás estén pasando por tu mente. Ningún padre nació sabiendo cómo ser el mejor papa del mundo, pero aquí te damas una ayudadita con este manual creado por El departamento de salud de Texas. i Estúdialo y práctica lo aprendido para que cuando nazca tu bebe ya seas  todo un experto ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 9/1/15: “Why Health is Cool for Back to School”



With the growing percentage of Latino students, schools are an important environment to support of a culture of health.  Research shows that Latino children are exposed to and consume more unhealthy meals and snacks than non-Latino students, partially because schools with a higher proportion of Latino students tend to have weaker policies regarding access to competitive foods in schools.  Additionally, research shows that Latino students engage in less physical activity both in and out of school compared to their peers, partially because schools with a higher proportion of Latino students tend to offer less time for physical activity. Several barriers to physical activity and nutritious food still exist within Latino communities, both in and out of schools.  It is important for ...

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La pobreza extrema afecta 1 de 4 latinos en EEUU



Al rededor del 26 por ciento de los latinos y el 24 por ciento de afro-americanos viven en “pobreza extrema,” el cual significa que tienen dificultades en poder pagar por necesidades básicas, aun así con ayuda de programas gubernamentales, de acuerdo a un nuevo estudio. El reporte del US Department of Health and Human Services , HHS por sus siglas en inglés, define pobreza extrema al nivel de la mitad del nivel de pobreza federal—menos de $6,000 para un adulto o $7,600 para un adulto con dependientes. Según el reporte: Una familia en pobreza extrema gasta $3,000-$6,000 más en necesidades que sus ingresos permiten. Individuos en pobreza extrema tienden a estar menos saludables que aquellos con ingresos mayores por lo cual requieren de mayor atención médica. “ ...

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Diabetics At-Higher Risk of Oral Infections



Diabetics are more susceptible to oral infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis than those that don’t suffer from diabetes, Univision Salud reports. Lower flow of saliva among diabetics causes burning sensations in the mouth skyrocketing the incidence of cavities and other infections. And those “who don’t control their sugar levels tend to have more oral health problems, particularly dental gum retractions.” Gingivitis and periodontitis are the most common oral health problems among diabetics, but more serious ones such as Thrush (candidiasis) it's also common. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) recommends: Control glucose levels in the blood Brush your teeth and use dental floss every day Visit your dentist ...

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Yoga vs. Gym Workouts: What’s Best?



Yoga and regular gym workouts are both equally effective according to a new study, Ivanhoe reports. The study led by Dr. Daniel Hughes,an exercise researcher at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio (the team behind SaludToday), surprised all participants who expected one of the workouts to emerge as more effective. “I think I was expecting that one would be stronger than the other, and probably thinking that yoga would be the end all be all,” Michelle Hart, a study participant, told Ivanhoe. For the study, one group was asked to do yoga, a second group to do regular gym workouts, and a third group to just stay active. During the study, all participants exercised three hours a week and lost the same amount of body fat, ...

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Study: A Few Cups of Coffee a Day May Help Colon Cancer Patients Recover Better



Drinking a few cups of coffee a day can help colon cancer patients (the second most diagnosed cancer among Latinos) recover better and lower their chances of dying early according to a new study-- reports NBC News. For the study colon cancer patients reported in a daily diary their daily physical activity and their diet. "What we found in this slightly less than 1,000 patients is that those who drank coffee regularly had a better disease-free survival, meaning they had a lower rate of having their cancer recur or of dying," Dr. Charles Fuchs, director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston told NBC News. Researchers found that “those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were 42 percent less likely to have their cancer come ...

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Millions of Latino Adults At-Risk of Losing Eyesight



Numerous diseases can be detected early with an eye exam. According to a recent report by CBS News “61 million American adults are at risk for losing their eyesight, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past year.” Latino adults, who many lack the financial resources or insurance to visit an eye doctor regularly- are also at risk. Among the diseases that can be diagnosed early with an eye exam are: diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. "The eye is unique in the body," Dr. Christopher Starr, an ophthalmologist at Weill Cornell Medical Center told CBS News "We can examine blood vessels, we can even examine the brain - the optic nerve is part of the brain - and we can see that in great detail on our eye exams. It's the only place in the body where that's ...

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