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Why Do Latinos Struggle with Asthma?


asthma kid-docLatinos are at high risk for asthma because prevalence, illness and deaths are strongly correlated with urban air quality, indoor allergens, lack of patient education and inadequate medical care, according to an American Lung Association report.

Both asthma and allergies are caused by the body’s immune response to environmental triggers, such that some allergens can also trigger asthma, according to Kaiser Permanente.

Other irritants can trigger asthma, too, such as the flu.

So what can Latinos do?

To make an action plan, visit Kaiser Permanente’s bilingual website.

You can also check out Spanish-language resources from the American Lung Association:

  • Breathe Well, Live Well is an adult asthma self-management education program led by an American Lung Association-trained facilitator that is offered in a small group setting, with materials in Spanish.
  • The American Lung Association’s Open Airways For Schools is a school-based curriculum available in Spanish that educates and empowers children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management. It teaches children with asthma ages 8-11 how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health.
  • The Lung HelpLine, 1-800-LUNG-USA, offers one-on-one support from Spanish-speaking registered nurses and respiratory therapists.

Go here for more.


New Bilingual App Helps Heart Attack Patients


CathMapsLatinos face higher rates of heart disease than other populations because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, the American Heart Association reports.

There’s a new free app to give peace of mind for those who have recovered from a heart attack.

The CathMaps+ app has a GPS locator to find the nearest cath lab—an exam room with diagnostic imaging equipment to see the heart’s arteries and chambers and treat abnormalities—anywhere in the world and stores the user’s emergency medical records for immediate access, offering critical tools needed in an emergency incident.

“People who have had a heart attack are at significant risk of a repeat cardiac event in the future. If this happens, calling an ambulance and rushing to the nearest hospital with a cath lab is crucial. The nearest hospital is often not the same as the one the patient previously visited, and it is highly unlikely that the medical records will be on hand,” according to the CathMaps+ website.

The app in available in English and Spanish on iOS and Android devices.

Video: The Benefits of Being Bilingual


Can speaking more than one language make you smarter in other ways?

Check out this video from ABC News that explores the benefits of speaking both Spanish and English in a fun, lighthearted way.

New Website: en Español


Family in living room with laptop smilingA new website, en Español, launched this week with nearly 2,000 translated articles on more than 300 children’s health topics.

The site has features such as:

The site, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aims to be a resource for pediatric health and safety information in Spanish.

Resource: Bilingual Information on Heart Health


Million HeartsTo help Latinos from suffering from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, the Million Hearts program has released some new Spanish-language resources to get this group information and tools needed to improve their heart health.

Resources include:

  • Million Hearts website (en Español)
  • Four Steps for Heart Health
  • Community Health Workers Fact Sheet
  • How to Control Your Hypertension by Learning to Control Your Sodium Intake: A Fotonovela
  • How to Control Your Hypertension by Learning to Control Your Sodium Intake: Promotora Guide

Million Hearts is a national initiative that was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years.

The group asks you to share your heart health stories, like this Latino man below, on Facebook or Twitter (@MillionHeartsUS).

VIDEOS: ‘No Excuses’ for Not Getting Colorectal Cancer Screening


What’s your excuse?

A new bilingual public service announcement (PSA) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses common excuses and misconceptions that lead people to delay or avoid getting screened for colorectal cancer.

The PSA features men and women who voice their personal reasons for not being screened, while an off-camera announcer responds by providing facts about colorectal cancer screening and its importance. Adults ages 50-59, Hispanics, and persons with lower income, less than a high school education, and without health insurance were least likely to have been screened for colorectal cancer, according to CDC statistics.

Watch in English:

Watch in Spanish:

Latina Moms and Moms-to-Be, Get Free Health Tips by Text


text4babyCheck out Text4baby, a free bilingual mobile information service that provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.

Sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411.

Once enrolled, three free SMS messages are sent each week, timed to either a woman’s due date or baby’s date of birth.

Text4baby has proven beneficial effects, according to a recent study of 122 women by the National Latino Research Center at California State University, San Marcos, and the University of California, San Diego:

  • 64% reported text4baby helped them remember an appointment or immunization they or their child needed.
  • 75.4% reported that a text4baby message informed them of medical warning signs they did not know.
  • 71.3% reported talking to their doctor about a topic that they read on a text4baby message.

Text4baby, an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), launched two years and has enrolled almost 300,000 subscribers and sent more than 28 million text messages. The program has more than 700 outreach partners including MTV, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, and more.

Learn more at Follow the effort on Facebook and Twitter.

VIDEO: San Antonio Residents Urged to Find a Healthy Balance


A new TV spot from, the City of San Antonio’s initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles, urges residents to “Find Your Balance” and develop good eating and exercise habits.

The bilingual spot prominently features active Latinos and beautiful San Antonio cityscapes.

Watch in English here or below:

Watch in Spanish here or below:

Bilingual Booklet Helps Patients Understand Clinical Trials as Treatment Options


BookletThe Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s new bilingual bookletKnowing All Your Treatment Options/Conozca Todas Sus Opciones de Tratamiento, aims to help patients understand clinical trials as one of the treatment choices they may want to consider.

There is also a Healthcare Question Guide inside the back cover of the booklet for patients and family members to take with them to their doctor appointments.

To access this booklet and others on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Web site, please visit, or you can order hard copies of the booklet by calling 1-800-955-4572 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST. Information specialists can answer general questions about blood cancers and help patients form additional questions to ask their doctor specific to their diagnosis.

Just the Facts: Obesity Among Latino Youths


Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has updated its Overweight and Obesity Among Latino Youths fact sheets, which highlights the prevalence, consequences and causes of overweight and obesity among Latino youths, in both English and Spanish.

While childhood obesity has increased significantly throughout the general population, children from minority communities have been disproportionately affected.

Sharply higher rates of overweight and obesity have occurred among Latino, African-American and Native American children and adolescents.

We at SaludToday hope you read the fact sheet and get motivated to do something about it.

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