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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New Campaign Invites Latinos to Talk Openly About HIV/AIDS



Currently, 220,000 Hispanics are living with HIV in the United States and if trends continue the CDC estimates that 1 in 36 Latino men and 1 in 106 Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. The age group at highest risk are those between 13-24 years old, who accounted for 26 percent of new HIV infections. Among young gay and bisexual males the number of new HIV infections increased by 22 percent. A survey from 2013 found that 34 percent of high school students who reported being sexually active in the previous three months-41 percent did not use a condom. In order to help reduce the numbers of new HIV infections in the Latino community the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched “We can stop HIV One Conversation at a Time / Podemos ...

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Drogas recreacionales conducen a la perdida de materia gris



Científicos de la escuela de medicina de la universidad de Colorado descubrieron que las drogas recreacionales tienen un efecto más elevado en el cerebro de las mujeres que en el de hombres. Reportes demuestran que desde el 2008 el uso de drogas recreacionales por jóvenes latinos ha ido en aumento. El estudio, publicado en Radiology, analizo exámenes del cerebro a través de MRI en 127 hombres y mujeres;  entre las personas estudiadas 59 de ellas (28 mujeres y 31 hombres) padecían de  previa adicción a la cocaína, anfetaminas y metanfetaminas. Los MRI  revelaron que mujeres que anteriormente habían sido adictas a las drogas habían perdido mucho más materia gris que los hombres que anteriormente habían sido adictos. “Mientras las mujeres previamente ...

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CDC: More Low-Income Teens Getting HPV Vaccine



According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teens below the poverty line are doing better than their more affluent peers in getting the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), which protects against cervical cancer, NPR Health reports. The 2014 National Immunization Survey for Teens, shows that “among teenage girls ages 13 to 17 whose total family income was less than the federal poverty level for their family size, 67.2 percent have received the first dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, compared to 57.7 percent for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it's 51.6 percent compared to 39.5 percent.” One of the reasons for this trend, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and ...

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Study: Age and Fear, Factors for Low Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas



Compared to the general women population in the U.S. the rate of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings are low among Latinas. In a new study published in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, researchers attribute the low rates among Latinas to age and fear of cancer diagnosis. The research was conducted by analyzing and understanding the characteristics of women who did not follow up with phone calls and participation in Esperanza y Vida, a program aimed at addressing the low rates of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings among Hispanic women. "Participant loss to follow-up represents a potentially important source of bias in research studies," says Deborah Erwin, PhD, Principal Investigator of the study and Director of the Office of Cancer ...

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