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.

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Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel/MCT/Landov

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 Respiratory Diseases is the federally funded Vaccines for Children ,which covers the cost of vaccines for uninsured or low-income teens.

Despite the positive trend more work needs to be done.

“Nationwide, four out of 10 adolescent girls and six out of 10 adolescent boys still have not started the three-dose HPV vaccine series recommended by the CDC for all kids who are 11 or 12 years old.”




#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 08/04/15: “Parkinson’s Disease: How to Raise Awareness in the Latino Community”

Did you know Parkinson’s disease affects Latinos in big numbers? Let’s break the ice and talk about the disease and its misconceptions and how we can bring more awareness to the Latino community.

Join the discussion this coming Tuesday August 04 at 1 p.m. ET along with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson’s Action Network.Tweetchat (2)

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Parkinson’s Disease: How to Raise Awareness in the Latino Community.”
  • DATE: Tuesday, August 04, 2015
  • TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: Michael J. Fox Foundation (@MichaleJFoxOrg), Parkinson’s Action Network (@PANtweets)

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that can help Latinos quit using tobacco.


#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


California: Latinos Underrepresented in State and Local Government

In California Latinos are underrepresented in state and local government, according to a report, Los Angeles Times informs.

The report by The Leadership California Institute entitled “ The Status of Latinos in California,” shows that although Hispanics make more than 30 percent of the state’s population, they represent only 10 percent of county supervisors, 15 percent  of city council members, 12.5 percent in the state senate and 23.8 percent in the assembly.

Part of the issue, according to the report is that many Latinos are ineligible to vote for two reasons, they’re either not citizens or under 18 years old.

But there many eligible Latino voters who report not being “reached by campaigns seeking their vote.”

“One of the structural problems we have in our democracy is that if you are not a likely consistent voter, you then are structurally excluded from the process,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials “No one’s going to campaign for your vote if you’re not even registered to vote. And if you’re not registered to vote, but only voted once in the last six elections, you’re not going to be campaigned to by the candidate.”


The report also found that “there are no cities with a Latino majority council when the Latino poverty rate is above 30 percent, unless the city is at least 85 percent Latino overall.”

The report concluded that Latinos fare well in smaller cities, but when it comes to running for higher office is hard to mobilize Latino voters.

“The trajectory for an elected official starts at the local level, but the findings suggest there are weaknesses in growing our bench that we need to address,” added Latino Caucus member and Chair of the Latino Caucus Subcommittee on Civic Engagement, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton). “These studies are critical in order to illustrate the work that needs to be done if we are serious about accurately representing California’s largest ethnic group, and that work begins in our own backyard.”







FDA Approves New Drug Against Cholesterol

The U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) recently approved a new drug against cholesterol, a condition that affects millions of Latinos, Univision News reports.

Praulent (inhibitor PCSK9), is part of a new generation of drugs that according to doctors has the potential to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes in patients who suffer from high cholesterol.

In trials PCSK9, “reduced up to 60 percent of bad cholesterol,” even in patients taking statins, the standard prescription drug.

Praulent, has so far been released only to a small pool of patients who suffered a heart attack, serious cardiovascular illnesses or who have hereditary high cholesterol.

What Happens to Your Body 1 Hour After Drinking Soda?

cokeA new infographic shows what a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola does to your body within the first hour of drinking it, the Huffington Post reports.

The infographic comes from the website the Renegade Pharmacist, led by Niraj Naik.

He writes on the site:

“Coke is not just high in high fructose corn syrup, but it is also packed with refined salts and caffeine. Regular consumption of these ingredients in the high quantities you find in Coke and other processed foods and drinks, can lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.”

However a small amount now and then wont do any major harm. The key is moderation!”

See the full infographic here.

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Parches de insulina podrian darle un mejor estilo de vida a hispanos con diabetes

La universidad de Carolina del Norte y La Universidad estatal de Carolina del Norte, han creado y actualmente están probando un parche de insulina que pronto podría remplazar las dolorosas inyecciones de insulina, reporta Univisión.



Más del 16 por ciento de Latinos en los Estados Unidos sufre de diabetes y podría beneficiarse de esta nueva tecnología.

“Básicamente hemos creado este llamado parche de insulina inteligente, el cual puede detectar los niveles de azúcar y liberar insulina al tiempo exacto en cuando los niveles de azúcar suban. Este parche no es solamente inteligente, si no también no causa ningún dolor, “le comento el Dr. Zhen Gu, líder del Proyecto a Reuters.

Gu y su equipo de investigadores lograron poner más de 100 mini agujas en el parche, las cuales son más pequeñas que una moneda de 10 centavos.

El parche el cual tiene el objetivo de darles más independencia a las personas que sufren de diabetes y eliminar el error humano, actualmente funciona nada más por nueve horas pero Gu y su equipo esperan que en el futuro pueda funcionar por varios días.


Study: Age and Fear, Factors for Low Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas

Compared to the general women population in the U.S. the rate of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings are low among Latinas.

In a new study published in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, researchers attribute the low rates among Latinas to age and fear of cancer diagnosis.

The research was conducted by analyzing and understanding the characteristics of women who did not follow up with phone calls and participation in Esperanza y Vida, a program aimed at addressing the low rates of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings among Hispanic women.

“Participant loss to follow-up represents a potentially important source of bias in research studies,” says Deborah Erwin, PhD, Principal Investigator of the study and Director of the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research at Roswell Park. “These findings are underscored by the fact that while there was a very high response rate for follow-up assessment two months after the program (77%) — especially for a group that includes many non-English-speaking, foreign-born women — unscreened women at that time could receive navigation assistance for screening, and the women lost to follow-up (23%) may remain unscreened without additional assistance.”

According to the data among women who did not follow up with Esperanza y Vida 59.6 percent were younger than 40 years old and 43.2 percent were afraid of their medical results.

“Knowing more about the reasons behind attrition characteristics provides insight for future studies,” adds Dr. Erwin. “These findings contribute to the literature regarding the recruitment and retention of minorities, specifically Latinas and newer immigrants, in research studies, as well as to how attrition and the ability to follow up with Latina women of varying ages are understood.”

Inexpensive Generic Drugs Reduce Risk of Death in Post-Menopausal Women

Inexpensive generic drugs can improve rates of survival in women diagnosed with breast cancer, which disproportionately affects Latinas, CBS News reports.

The studies published in The Lancet , revealed “ a class of hormone-therapy drugs called aromatase inhibitors and bone-preserving drugs called bisphosphonates” dramatically increased the rate of survival in post-menopausal women with early breast cancer.

“It may be that this is a first step in helping us figure out which patients are more likely benefit and which patients are not,” Dr. Dawn L. Hershman, associate professor of medicine and director of the breast cancer program at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told CBS News. “We can strategize to give the medications that are going to give the most benefit and avoid the toxicity and the cost for patients with minimal benefits.”

The Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group, analyzed results of numerous studies on “hormone therapy breast cancer treatments and bone drugs” for 10 years.

Breast cancer affects up to two-thirds of post-menopausal women, according to researchers.

Hormone therapy works to “block the receptors for estrogen or progesterone on the tumor or works to eliminate these hormones from the system.”

Report: Gap is Closing for Some Disparities Among Latinos

The gap is closing for some disparities among Latinos, but others are widening, according to the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Disparities

The most notable reduction in health disparities is the number of uninsured Hispanics.  In the first half of 2014, “the percentage of adults ages 18-64 without health insurance decreased more quickly among Blacks and Hispanics than Whites.”

The decrease was significant, especially in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Health Care Act.


Among the disparities widening, is Hispanics access to quality health care.  Latinos “received worse care than Whites for some quality measures.”

The report also found that poor households experienced worsening disparities related to chronic diseases.

The worsening of communication between Latino parents and health care providers is among the most alarming disparities to AHRQ.

The report concludes that although disparities in the number of uninsured Latinos has become lower many disparities still remain, especially in the quality of health care, chronic disease and patient-health care provider communication.

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