Brenda Garza on Breast Cancer: ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’


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By Brenda Garza Austin, Texas, Cancer Survivor I moved to Detroit, Michigan, newlywed to an engineer, in 2003. Because we moved during December we didn’t do many outdoor activities or exercise something that we used to do in Mexico all the time. Gabe and I met at a spinning class and we became boyfriend and girlfriend after few dates. We both loved the outdoors. We were very excited about new opportunity and challenge to live in a new country but we definitely weren’t ready for such long, harsh winters in North America. But once spring and summer began, we were happy doing outdoor activities like cycling. Michigan has beautiful state parks, with water, hills, hiking trails, biking trails and green vegetation, something we didn’t have in Mexico. We soon learned to ...

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Salud America! Network Speaks Up for Safe Sunscreen!


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In February, the FDA announced its plan to review sunscreen product chemicals, many of which can harm people and the environment. The agency spent the past five months seeking public opinion on its plans, and 19,256 people and groups─including members of Salud America!’s network─submitted comments with a clear message: Ensure our sunscreen is safe! Still, the FDA has made only 1,577 comments available to the public. Of the listed messages, 345 came from Salud America! advocates, for 21.8% of all comments! Are There Serious Risks? Research on sunscreen has shown that certain chemicals, such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octocrylene, can enter a user’s bloodstream and cause potential harm. These substances have also caused environmental damage to coral reefs. Still, ...

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Type 2 Diabetes in Latinos Linked to Food Insecurity


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New data suggests that Latinos who are food insecure are at a more significant risk type 2 diabetes, according to a collaborative study. Researchers from UConn School of Medicine, UConn School of Dental Medicine, Yale School of Public Health, Quinnipiac University, Hartford Hospital, and the Hispanic Health Council studied the two factors and their correlation in low-income Latinos. "Our findings support the plausibility of links between food insecurity and poor health," Dr. Angela Bermúdez-Millán, assistant professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at UConn School of Medicine, said in a press release. About the Study The study, which was published in the Journal of Nutrition, shows that more than 40 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, ...

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These Colleges Are Best at Guiding Latino Students to Success


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Nine U.S. colleges and universities have earned the first-ever Seal of Excelencia, a voluntary certification that recognizes a school's commitment and ability to help Latino students find success. The Seal of Excelencia, created by the nonprofit Latino education group Excelencia in Education, was awarded to: Arizona State University Austin Community College (Texas) California State University Channel Islands El Paso Community College (Texas) Florida International University Grand Valley State University (Michigan) South Texas College University of Arizona University of Texas El Paso "Institutions that strive for and most particularly those that earn the Seal, have demonstrated their capacity to grow our country’s highly-skilled workforce and develop ...

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Dr. Amelie Ramirez Wins Digital Health Awards


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Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez and her team at Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio have won three Spring 2019 Digital Health Awards for promoting Latino health equity! Digital Health Awards are given each spring and fall to recognize the world’s best digital health resources. The awards are given by the Health Information Resource Center. The Center is a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. The Three Big Awards Bronze, Spring 2019 Digital Health Award, Social Media—Twitter, @SaludAmerica Twitter by Salud America! Merit, Spring 2019 Digital Health Award, Web-Based Digital Health—Websites, Salud America! Latino Health Equity Website Merit, Spring 2019 Digital Health Award, Digital Health Media—Blog Posts, Salud Hero Story: ...

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Can Raising Smoking Age to 21 Reduce Smoking Among Young Latinos?


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Rules on the age for smoking cigarettes are tightening up across the nation. Texas (19.6% Latino) legislators have taken a significant step in this issue — passing legislation that will raise the legal minimum age to purchase cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other goods to 21. Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 21 into law earlier this month and will go into effect on September 1. Government officials and medical professionals hope passing tobacco 21 bills across the country—and other e-cig bans—will make significant shifts in addiction rates. “Any teen using any type of tobacco product or e-cigarette raises their harm from zero to a level that is unacceptable,” Jeffrey Hardesty, research program manager at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Global Tobacco ...

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Speak Up: Trump Wants to Weaken Your Healthcare!


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Under the Trump Administration, U.S. health leaders are proposing to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s ban against discrimination in healthcare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revision to ACA would erase references to protections against discrimination by health care programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability. The revision, according to Health Affairs, would remove: Certain definitions (such as terms like “on the basis of sex”); Nondiscrimination protections based on sex, gender identity, and association; Language-access requirements (such as translated taglines on notices and communications to consumers), affecting people with limited English proficiency Requirements for a compliance coordinator and ...

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District in San Antonio to Open Health Clinic for Students, Families



Last week, San Antonio’s (64% Latino) Southside Independent School District dedicated the Susan Hall Community Health Clinic, which will offer care to students, families, staff, and other district members. This is a big deal for health in the South Side of San Antonio, where residents live 15-20 years less than those on the North Side, according to the 2016 Bexar County Community Health Needs Assessment. Southside ISD has been in talks with University Health Systems (UHS) to run the clinic and is expected to vote on an agreement at its July 18 board meeting. Health Needs on South Side Many low-income families on the South Side lack access health care and health-promotion opportunities: 12.41% of households don’t have a vehicle, compared to 5.49% in Texas; 30.39% of ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 6/25: How to Address Alzheimer’s & Brain Health in Latinos


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June marks Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. This is a time to reflect on the many challenges and inequities facing people of color in the United States when it comes to Alzheimer's Disease and overall brain health. Sadly, U.S. Latinos are 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than whites, studies show. Alcohol, sleep deprivation, and diabetes play a role in this gap. Worse, Latino caregivers can experience high levels of stress when supporting their family members with the disease. To understand and address these disparities, people must pay more attention to the role of the social determinants of health. Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, to tweet about the latest research and beneficial strategies and programs to prevent and reduce ...

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