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A significant percentage of African-Americans (61%), Hispanics (57%) and Asians (50%) say it’s very important to participate as a volunteer in a clinical trial to improve the health of others, compared to 47% of non-Hispanic whites, according to a new national public opinion poll by Research!America.
These findings are tempered by the reality that participation remains disturbingly low among all groups.
When asked if they or someone in their family has ever participated in a clinical trial, only 17% of Hispanics, 15% of African-Americans, 15% of non-Hispanic whites and 11% of Asians said yes.
Only about a quarter of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians say they have heard about clinical trials from their doctor or other health care provider.
Many respondents believe health care providers should play a major role in raising awareness of clinical trials. In fact, 38% of Hispanics, 36% of Asians and 33% of African-Americans said providers have the greatest responsibility in educating the public about clinical trials, as did 42% of non-Hispanic whites.
A strong majority—75% of Hispanics, 72% of African-Americans, 71% of non-Hispanic whites and 65% of Asians—say they would likely participate in a clinical trial if recommended by a doctor.
“The poll reveals a willingness among minorities to participate in clinical trials to improve quality of health care, but enrollment remains stubbornly low,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. “We must continue to strive toward reaching all segments of the population to boost the level of participation in order to further medical progress.”
Check out these cool new videos that feature a group of Latina women from South Omaha, Neb., who dance to get healthy.
The group says dance is a part of their culture and “the way we celebrate life, connect to each other, and move our bodies. For us, dance is a form of self-expression and a way of sharing happiness and sisterhood.”
The videos are from the Saludable Omaha program. Learn more here.
U.S. Hispanic media spending has more than doubled from $2.8 billion in 2003 to $7.9 billion in 2012, according to a new report by Advertising Age (AdAge), a marketing and media trends magazine.
The 44-page report, AdAge’s 10th annual Hispanic Fact Pack, features data on trends, demographics, and news about the U.S. Hispanic Market.
The report explores Hispanic ad spending by medium, largest advertisers in the market, the largest media properties, today’s largest Hispanic ad agencies, time spent online by Hispanics, their purchase intent, population trends, and language preferences for Hispanic adults.
The report shows that the market is very different than it was ten years ago, with the fastest growth in the U.S. Hispanic market being a shift from foreign born to U.S.-born Hispanics, and that is heavily affecting the market.
The report also discusses how the new Hispanic media properties are now specifically targeting bilingual and English-speaking millennials.
This fact guide also discusses the importance of the Hispanic presence in the general U.S. market, and how there are many new additions to their list of the 25 largest Hispanic advertisers, including General Mills, Kraft Foods Group, and Mars Inc.
The 2013 Hispanic Fact Pack also contains data about marketers, 2012 ad spending and demographic trends, along with rankings of top attributes in advertising in TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, online media and social networking.
The 2013 Hispanic Fact Pack will be available free online through August 21, 2013, and will be available for purchase after that.
The Latino community is committed to breast-feeding, according to a recent study.
This is good news, because research suggests that breastfeeding may put newborns and moms at lower risk for diabetes and other chronic diseases, according to a Visalia Delta-Times report.
First-generation Latinas overwhelmingly choose to breastfeed. “That’s not the real challenge for us,” said Lorena Gonzalez, one of the study’s organizers, “it’s helping those mothers sustain breast-feeding and pass on the value of breast-feeding.”
The study, a collaboration between Urban Strategies, Vision y Compromioso, and the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency with funding from the Kellogg Foundation, specifically looks at how supportive workplaces in the Latino community are of women who breastfeed. Focus groups were held in nine locations across the country that addressed breastfeeding business practices in the Latino community.
The study found that some employers make it difficult for women to continue to breastfeed, like not offering a breast-feeding room, a refrigerator for pumped milk, or time to feed the child.
The data gathered is for Latino Best Start, a health and nutrition project attempting to promote, educate, and support the practice of exclusive breast-feeding in the Latino community.
“What we know about the practice of breast-feeding is that the white community practices breast-feeding well. The African-American community does not,” Gonzalez said. Only 8 percent of African American babies exclusively breast-fed at six months, according to the United States Surgeon General.
Organizers of the study don’t want the same to happen to the Latino community.
Once the data from the focus groups are analyzed, the next steps could include a campaign for parents, health professional, or even the business community.
A recent study by the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas has discovered an interesting correlation between obesity and peanut consumption. According to their study, Mexican-American children who consume peanuts at least once a week are less likely to be overweight or obese.
Currently, 39% of the Mexican-American children are classified as overweight or obese, compared to the 32% of all children in the United States- a fact that prompts studies like this, that explore what factors and foods affect childhood obesity.
Studies have long shown the health benefits of nut consumption for adults, aiding in lower lipid levels, lower body mass indices, and reduced risk of coronary artery disease. This study looks specifically at how these benefits relate to children.
It was found that the Mexican-American children in the study who ate peanuts had significantly higher intakes of several vitamins and micronutrients, such as magnesium and Vitamin E, along with having lower low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol levels. These results show that the consumption of peanuts and/or peanut butter may be associated with lower weight status, improved diet, and lipid levels among Mexican-American Children.
Finding these key foods or health factors that may assist in reducing childhood obesity is vital, because they may also play a role in reducing obesity related diseases. Hispanically Speaking News discussed the research pointing out that, “These vitamins are often deficient amongst Mexican-Americans. Consumption of those vitamins, amongst others, helps reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease.” More research will be needed to see how the consumption of peanuts plays a role in the overall health of children and adolescents.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 31 of the leading Latino civic organizations in the U.S., has released its agenda of national policy and legislative priorities on Latino issues.
The document, which will be presented to presidential candidates and delegates at the national Democratic and Republican Conventions, covers education, civil rights, immigration, economic security and improvement, health, and government accountability to give candidates an understanding of policies needed to advance the social and economic status of the Latino community in 2012 and beyond.
In the health realm, the document states: “To reverse the disparity between the health status of Latinos and the population at large, public policy must focus on expanding health insurance to the 30 percent of Latinos without coverage, investing in prevention, and improving the cultural and linguistic competence of our health care professionals.”
Read the full agenda here.
The report, Minorities, Mobile Broadband, and the Management of Chronic Diseases, summarizes key issues raised during a roundtable discussion among leaders from the government, health care, technology and health policy sectors. The report was prepared by the Joint Center Media and Technology Institute and the Health Policy Institute with support from the UnitedHealth Group Foundation.
The report indicates that mobile devices, telemedicine and health applications can bolster preventive and follow-up care for minority mobile users, thereby improving their health outcomes. Mobile technology also has the potential to reduce administrative expenses and inefficiencies that contribute to rising healthcare costs and reduce access to affordable care.
About 63% of Latinos are wireless Internet users, and they are more likely to own a cell phone (87%) than whites (80%), according to the report.
“In effect, by increasing the ability of some people to manage their own care on an outpatient basis, doctors and hospitals will have more opportunities to devote their time and energies to serving patients with more urgent needs,” the report states.
Forty years ago, nearly half of all students walked or biked to school. Now, only 14 percent do.
Why the change?
One major factor is school siting, the decisions school leaders make about where to build or rehabilitate schools. Over the past several decades, schools have increasingly been built on the outskirts of communities, too far from children’s homes for walking or biking to be practical. Meanwhile, obesity rates in children and adolescents have more than tripled, and a third of children are overweight or obese.
Locating schools closer to where families live can make it easier for kids to walk and bike to school—and more convenient for families to use school fields and other facilities after hours, when school is closed. When it comes to ethnicity and socioeconomic status, however, few neighborhoods are well integrated, which means students in neighborhood-based schools can be highly segregated, too.
But there are lots of ways to support both walkable and diverse schools. To help districts nationwide make school siting decisions that support their students’ health and educational success, Changelab Solutions has released a set of model school siting policies and other materials.
We at SaludToday would encourage you to watch this video that puts a unique spin on answering the question: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
The video comes from Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, associate professor of family medicine and public health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.