Hispanics Have Among the Highest Diabetes Rates



The number of Americans with diabetes has increased from 23.6 million in 2008 to 26 million, and minority groups continue to suffer higher diabetes rates, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Diabetes affects 8.3% of Americans of all ages, and 11.3% of adults aged 20 and older, according to the CDC's National Diabetes Fact Sheet for 2011. About 27% of those with diabetes—7 million Americans—do not know they have it. Among adults, diabetes rates were 16.1% for American Indians/Alaska Natives, 12.6% for blacks, 11.8% for Hispanics, 8.4% for Asian-Americans, and 7.1 percent for whites. "These distressing numbers show how important it is to prevent type 2 diabetes and to help those who have diabetes manage the disease to prevent ...

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LIVESTRONG Spanish-Language Survey to Gauge Latino Cancer Survivors’ Needs



Anyone who has been affected by cancer is invited to take LIVESTRONG's first-of-its-kind Spanish-language survey to further understand how cancer impacts Latinos and gather data that will inform evidence-based programs, resources and tools to improve their lives and close gaps in health disparities. Survey results, expected to be released laster this year, are expected to provide a comprehensive understanding of how Latinos are living with cancer and help LIVESTRONG and the cancer community improve programs and resources to serve them. Community-specific data will also be available for researchers, program planners and others. Please take the Spanish survey ...

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Texas Children, Especially Hispanics, Face Gaps in Wellbeing



Texas children are falling behind the rest of the country in nearly every aspect of child well-being, according to officials at Austin-based Texans Care for Children, a multi-issue, nonpartisan policy organization, Miller-McCune reports. The 76-page report, “A Report on the Bottom Line: Conditions for Children and the Texas of Tomorrow,” drawing upon Census data, demographic forecasts and national and state data sources, finds Texas is on a course for stunning economic failure unless it closes gaps in well-being for the child population, especially Hispanic children. “A sick, uneducated, unskilled work force does not propel a state forward,” Eileen Garcia, CEO of Texans Care for Children, writes in the report’s preface, according to the news report. “The devastating ...

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Track Historical Rise of Obesity and its Economic, Health Impact



Learn about the historical rise in the obesity rate to its current epidemic level, and see the economic and health impact of obesity if the rate keeps going up or possibly down. Then sign up to be a part of PreventObesity.net and learn more about ways to get involved. Also sign up with Salud America! to learn about the latest in Latino childhood ...

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1 in 5 Americans Lack Usual Source of Medical Care; Hispanics Cite High Costs



Roughly 60 million people—1 in 5 Americans—have no usual source of medical care, such as a family doctor, and Hispanics were more likely to say that high cost is a reason, according to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Most who reported not having a usual source of care said the main reason was because they seldom or never got sick. An analysis of reasons differed in these ways: Hispanics were more likely to say high cost was the main reason why they didn't have a usual source of care (22%), compared to 12% of non-Hispanic groups. Blacks were most likely to report that they didn't have a usual source of care because they seldom or never got sick (69%) as compared to Hispanics (62%) and whites (61%). Asians were most likely to report that ...

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Exploring the Hispanic Paradox on the Texas Border



Many of the longest lives in Texas are lived in what would seem to be the least likely place: along the state’s impoverished border with Mexico, according to a report by the Texas Tribune. Despite conditions that should have the opposite effect — desperately low incomes, a widespread lack of health insurance and poor high school graduation rates — the predominantly Hispanic residents of Hidalgo County live to be 80 years old, two years longer than the U.S. or Texas average. Residents of other Texas border counties live similarly long lives, according to a preliminary county-by-county analysis by the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. It's what's known as the Hispanic paradox. Read more the Texas Tribune's look at this phenomenon here. Or ...

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New Drug Shows Promise Fighting Type of Breast Cancer Seen More in Latinas



One of the more aggressive types is triple negative breast cancer, which is diagnosed most frequently in young women and new mothers, and even more so among black and Hispanic women. Now, two North Texas doctors are making major strides in treating triple negative breast cancer. Their work is so promising, the New England Journal of Medicine is publishing a study about the investigational treatment this month, WFAA-TV reports. Research from the doctors show a drug called iniparib, also called BDI-201, has prolonged the lives of more than 50 percent of the patients who have used the treatment. Watch the entire WFAA-TV news segment here or ...

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The Importance of Mixed-Methods Cancer Disparities Research



Dr. Rena Pasick, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, spoke about mixed methods of cancer health disparities research during a recent speech that was part of the new San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) and Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) Distinguished Health Disparities Lecture Series. Dr. Pasick, a well-established population-based cancer control researcher, conducts community- and clinic-based intervention studies to increase the use of and access to breast and cervical cancer screening among ethnically diverse and underserved communities. She also developed a training program to encourage minority students and professionals to pursue doctoral degrees in cancer research. Watch Dr. Pasick's lecture here. The lecture series, coordinated by ...

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Meeting Report: Progress in the Fight Against Latino Childhood Obesity



A new report highlights Latino childhood obesity challenges and potential solutions that were discussed at the 2nd Annual Scientific Summit of Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children. The summit, from Sept. 22-24, 2010, in San Antonio, showcased the innovative Latino childhood obesity research being done by the program's  20 pilot investigators. The investigators, from 11 states around the nation, presented the progress they’ve made on their two-year, $75,000 pilot projects to the audience of 75 of their peers and experts in the field. “I have to tell you, we’re very excited about the impact our pilot investigators are making,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America!, which is led by the ...

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