1 in 3 Americans Don’t Get Enough Sleep


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On average, Americans are not getting enough sleep according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study found that, on average, over 60% of Latinos ages 18 to 60 get the recommended hours of sleep compared to Whites (67%) and African Americans (54%). “As a nation we are not getting enough sleep,” said Dr. Wayne Giles, director of CDC’s Division of Population Health. According to the CDC, sleeping less than 7 hours each day is associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and mental distress. “Lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night; rising at the same time each morning; and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help ...

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Vaping Could Harm Unborn Babies



New data suggests using e-cigarettes during pregnancy may be as harmful as using tobacco products, DW reports. Researchers at New York University Langone presented results from animal experiments that suggests that vaping while being pregnant may harm the fetus. For the experiment, researchers exposed pregnant mice to e-cigarette vapors and compared them to pregnant mice that were not exposed to alternative tobacco products. "The young animals [exposed] showed genetic changes in the cortex of the frontal lobe, the part of the brain responsible for cognition, planning and motivation," according to Judy Zelikoff, toxicologist and lead researcher at NYU Langone "Of course mice are not humans," Zelikoff accepted. "These are only animal models. But if I was pregnant, I would definitely ...

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Únete a la campaña #AmoMiCorazón



Únete a la campaña #AmoMiCorazón de la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías de la FDA (@FDAOMH), Salud Today (@SaludToday) y la Association of Black Cardiologists (@ABCardio1) y ¡muestra lo mucho que amas tu corazón! En honor del Mes de la Salud del Corazón durante el mes de febrero, toma una foto con una pizarra o hoja y dinos cómo cuidas tu corazón  para que esté sano o comparte tus fotos preparando comidas saludables, haciendo alguna actividad física, tomando tus medicamentos o haciendo otra actividad que mantiene tu  corazón sano. Comparte tus fotos en Facebook, Twitter o Instagram con el hashtag #AmoMiCorazón. Todos los lunes, vamos a elegir los tres mejores fotos y las publicaremos en la página de Facebook de la ...

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Andrew Jimenez: An Èxito! Grad Who Is Committed to Helping Latinos Live Healthier Lives



Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016. Andrew Jimenez Ontario, Calif. Encouraged by his great-grandfather’s spurs and his father’s ever-present support, Andrew Jimenez is driven to make a difference in helping Latinos live healthier lives. He is his family’s first college and grad school student, and he works as a research assistant while he studies health promotion. He’s open to new topics and challenges because he believes in the mantra, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Andrew obtained his bachelor's degree in biology from Whittier College and is currently attending Claremont Graduate University to obtain his masters in Public Health with a ...

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Study: E-Cigs Linked to Dangerous Lung Disease



Over 75 percent of flavored electronic cigarettes contain diacetyl, a chemical linked to severe lung disease. Diacetyl along with two other compounds was found in most sweet tasting flavors, such as cupcake, cotton candy and fruit squirts, CBS News reports. Researchers at Harvard University looked for the presence of dyacetyl, a chemical additive that’s often added to foods such as popcorn to give them a buttery flavor. Diacetyl has been associated with a severe lung disease condition known as bronchioles obliterans more commonly known as “popcorn lung,” named after many workers at microwave popcorn factories were diagnosed with the disease.. "One of three flavoring chemicals was found in 92 percent of the e-cigarettes we sampled and these chemicals are of interest because of ...

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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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Study: A Dose of Gratitute Keeps the Heart Young and Healthy



It’s the time of the year when we’re feeling grateful for being healthy, having a loving family and a job, but do you know gratitude can also keep your heart healthy?   A study  led by Paul Mills, professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine recruited 186 men and women who suffered from heart disease “either through years of sustained high blood pressure or as a result of a heart attack or even an infection of the heart itself.” During the study Prof. Mills asked each participant to fill out a questionnaire to rate how grateful they were for the people, places or things in their lives. “We found that more gratitude in these patients was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue ...

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The Symptoms of a Heart Attack



In the United States heart attacks are the main killer of men and women, especially Latinos who are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, a heart attack occurs “when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked and the heart can't get oxygen. If blood flow isn't restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die.” Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack and getting help as soon as possible can save your life. The most common symptoms are: Chest Pain Stomach pain Shortness of breath Anxiety Lightheadedness Sweating Nausea and Vomiting If you experience any of these symptoms don’t wait and call ...

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America is Kicking the Habit



According to a new report by the CDC more Americans are smoking less this year compared to 2014, Latin Times reports. The CDC’s Health Interview Survey show only 15.2 % of U.S. adults smoke on a regular basis compared to 16.8% in 2014. “Latinos (10.4%) were less likely to smoke than whites (17.1%) and African Americans (18.1%), the data show.” Among young adults 18-44 the smoking rate was 17%, very similar to the rate among middle-aged adults (16.9%). Among senior citizens the rate was even lower only 7.5%. The current rates show a significant drop compared to 2009 when 20.6% of adults were regular ...

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