Latino News Roundup: Breastfeeding, Vitamin D, Depression
Check out these Latino health news tidbits from the past few days:
Hispanic mothers more likely to breastfeed
More than 80 percent of Hispanic mothers attempt to breast-feed, a higher rate than among white moms (74 percent) and black moms (54 percent), according to a HealthDay report of a study in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that babies be breast-fed exclusively for the first six months of life, and that non-exclusive breast-feeding continue for at least six months thereafter.
Hispanic, black children lack enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is a common health problem around the world, experts say, and the problem may be especially severe in the U.S. among low-income poor black and Hispanic children, HealthDay reports. A study found that about 74 percent of these children had less than optimal vitamin D levels.
Help for depressed Latinos often hampered by stigma
Low-income Latinos who have depression but stigmatize mental illness are less likely to take medications, keep scheduled appointments and control their illness, a study has found, HealthDay reports. Researchers interviewed 200 poor, Spanish-speaking Latinos in Los Angeles who all showed signs of depression in an initial screening. Further screening found that 54 of the patients had mild to severe depression. Based on responses to questions, the researchers determined that 51 percent of the patients stigmatized mental illness.
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