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Video: Latinos & Colorectal Cancer



Colorectal cancer risk among Hispanics increasing with acculturation, according to a recent study. Watch this new Spanish video featuring Dr. Jorge Gomez of the National Cancer Institute as he explains what tests are available, when you should begin to take the tests and how often you should have ...

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Who is Èxito!: Melawhy Garcia



Editor's Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2012 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply by April 1, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! program. Melawhy Garcia Anaheim, Calif. Melawhy Garcia was just 17 when her mother was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure and colon cancer—unfortunately giving her firsthand knowledge of the income, insurance and other barriers faced by Latino cancer patients. Since then, Garcia has put cancer in her crosshairs. Garcia already has helped conduct research and awareness on cervical cancers and other health conditions prevalent among Latinos. She emphasizes research on cancer prevention, obesity and more in her current position as the assistant director of the California State University, Long Beach, National Council ...

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Webinar 3/12/13: The Impact of Systems and Neighborhoods on Latino Cancer



You're invited to join a free webinar March 12, 2013, to learn more about how systems and neighborhoods influence Latino cancer. The webinar, hosted by researchers of Redes En Acción, a National Cancer Institute project led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, is at 11 a.m. CST (9 a.m. PST) on March 12, 2013, will explore two global factors that can help understand mechanisms behind health disparities: 1) systems of care defining access in a broad way and how these may affect disadvantaged patients; and 2) research on neighborhood influences on health disparities, with a focus on different approaches to measure "neighborhood." The webinar will last one ...

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Video: Puppets and Peers for Latino Obesity Prevention



Check out this great video about the Hispanic Health Council’s (HHC) comprehensive approach to the prevention of childhood obesity, through promoting healthy eating physical activity and access to healthy affordable food. HHC uses community-based research, evidence-based direct services and policy advocacy to improve the health and well-being of Latinos and other diverse communities. The video is among the winners from the Let's Move! Communities on the Move Video Challenge announced recently by First Lady Michelle ...

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Study: Latinas Have Severe Time Delay between Abnormal Mammogram, Confirmation of Breast Cancer



Latinas who have an abnormal mammogram result take 33 days longer to reach definitive diagnosis of breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women, according to a new study by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Such a time delay can have a critical impact on tumor size, stage at diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and survival of subsequent breast cancer. For this study, published online in SpringerPlus in March 2013, IHPR researchers worked with partners in the federally funded Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Network to evaluate the differences in time to diagnosis of breast cancer among 186 Latinas and 74 non-Hispanic whites who received an abnormal mammogram result in six U.S. cities. Analysis ...

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Vida Saludable: New Website Helps Latino Families Get Healthy



Check Vida Saludable, a new English or Spanish website with tips, strategies and facts to help Latino families get healthy and stay healthy. The site, developed by the American Heart Association, is part of the "Power To End Stroke" education and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of Americans. It unites people to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within their ...

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Who is Èxito!: Lizbeth Del Toro



Editor's Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2012 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply by April 1, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! program. Lizbeth Del Toro Puerto Rico Puerto Rican native Lizbeth Del Toro was always encouraged by her sharp-as-a-tack grandmother, who advised her to hang with the right crowd, do her chores, and stay focused on her grades and her studies. Her grandmother passed away shortly after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. But Del Toro took her advice to heart as she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology/biomedical sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, works as a graduate research assistant and earned her master’s degree from the university in 2012. “Last week I ended my master’s degree program, I just ...

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Bilingual Videos: Important Preconception Health and Health Care



Check out these new videos from the CDC on preconception health and health care: My health, my choice, my future Mi salud, mi decisión, mi futuro Me? Have a baby? Preconception Health ¿Yo? ¿Tener un bebé? Salud pregestacional Learn more about preconception health in English or ...

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7 Common Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Latinas



About 40% of Latinas have two or more risk factors for having a heart attack, according to a recent study. But fewer than half of Latinas recognize the typical heart attack symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, and pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms, according to the American Heart Association. So the Haga La Llamada, ¡No Pierda Tiempo! campaign, based on the HHS Office of Women’s Health’s successful "Make the Call, Don’t Miss a Beat” campaign, aims to educate, engage and empower Latinas and their families to learn the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack and encourage them to call 9-1-1 as soon as they experience one or more of the following heart attack symptoms: Chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing Shortness of ...

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