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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New Report Shows the Harsh Facts of Growing Up Latino in the US



A recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals that in the last years the gap between financially stable families and “economically fragile” Latino families is widening. The 2015 Kids Count Data Book, reveals the harsh realities of  growing up Hispanic in the United States. Among the most interesting findings: 42% live in single-parent families. 35% — more than any other racial or ethnic group — live in a household headed by someone without a high-school diploma. 63% of 3- and 4-year-olds do not participate in pre-K programs. More than 80% fail to read at a proficient level in 4th grade. Nearly 80% fail to score proficient in math in 8th grade. In Texas, where Latinos make up more than 40 percent of the population, Latino children’s reading ...

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Alzheimer: una enfermedad tabú en la comunidad latina



El Alzheimer cobra la vida a más personas que el cáncer de seno y próstata combinados, reporta Latin Post. Los latino son desproporcionalmente  más afectados por el Alzheimer y son “1.5 veces más propensos a padecer de esta enfermedad que blancos.” Alta presión, embolias y enfermedades del corazón son algunos de los factores de riesgo para el Alzheimer. “Es tiempo de hablar sobre el alzhéimer en la comunidad latina.” Hoy en día esta enfermedad no es tratada como un asunto urgente en nuestra comunidad. La diabetes, enfermedades cardiovasculares y la obesidad, son las que actualmente están en la mira, pero el Alzhéimer por mucho tiempo ha sido ignorado. Dice Jason Resendez, director de latinos contra el Alzheimer. De acuerdo a la Asociación de Alzheimer, ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 7/28/15: “How to Open Outdoor School Facilities in Latino Neighborhoods”



Regular physical activity is a vital component of every child’s life, yet Latino children in underserved communities often lack access to safe spaces to be physically active.  Research shows that Latino kids are more likely to engage in sedentary behaviors such as watching TV or playing video games. While many Latinos have become aware of the risks associated with obesity and physical inactivity, several barriers to physical activity still exist within Latino communities.  Opening existing school facilities will reduce many of these social, structural and environmental barriers and support a growing culture of physical activity. Join #SaludTues on July 28, 2015 to tweet about how community members and schools can increase access to safe spaces for Latino children to be ...

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California: Committed to Provide Healthcare to Undocumented Latino Immigrants



In California 1.5 million Latino immigrants live without health insurance, but that soon could change for hundreds of illegal families due to a strong movement in the state government and counties, Univision News reports In June, the state legislature passed two bills that expands access to public health services to undocumented immigrants that will be in effect next year. Most recently the governor of California, Jerry Brown signed a budget that grants access to health care to children without a legal status in the country. “Children are relatively healthy, and it will not cost a lot of money to take care of their health compared to other population groups,” Steven Wallace, professor at the UCLA Fielding school of public health, told Univision News. The County Medical ...

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Latino Health in Focus: Changing Communities and Lifestyles



Find the latest advances in Latino health—from a health-promoting video series to removing "taco dogs" from schools—in the IHPR Noticias E-newsletter. IHPR Noticias has lots of info on the latest local and national health disparities-related news, resources and events: Story: New TV Series by Salud America! and KSAT-TV (Pg. 1) Study: Program Helps Hispanic Kids Adopt Healthier Lifestyle (Pg. 3) Story: Inaugural Event Explores Women’s Cancer Survivorship (Pg. 4) Story: Social Media Uproar Causes District to Remove ‘Taco Dog’ from School Menus (Pg. 6) Campaign: 27,000+ People Tell Taco Bell: Quit Pushing Sugary Drinks (Pg. 8) Resources: 5 Ways to Set the Stage for Success by Latino Youth (Pg. 9) IHPR Noticias is a quarterly publication from the Institute for ...

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