According to a new report released by the Pew Hispanic Center, more than one in four Hispanic adults in the United States lack a usual health care provider and a similar proportion report obtaining no health care information from medical professionals in the past year. At the same time, the report finds that more than eight in 10 receive health information from alternative sources, such as television and radio. This includes most of those who get no information from doctors or other medical… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on August 13, 2008 at 11:19am —
A new report by the Kaiser family foundation, "The Crisis of HIV/AIDS Among Latinos/Hispanics in United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands," released in advance of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, says that Hispanics are the second most affected community of people living with HIV in the U.S.
Despite representing only 15.3% of the U.S. population, Hispanics constituted 22% of the HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in 2006. The Latino Commission on AIDS will… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on August 12, 2008 at 2:26pm —
Low-income Hispanic women are more likely than their black and white counterparts to follow diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The study looked at 603 low-income mothers who participate in Head Start programs in Alabama and Texas.Researchers found that while diets among all women in the study tended to be low in important nutrients, Hispanic women in general consumed more fruits and vegetables than… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on May 5, 2008 at 10:07am —
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute is recruiting typically developing children, who are between 11-13 months of age or 26-28 months of age to participate in the study "Development of Relational Awareness", which looks at the development of memory and learning in children.
They are also recruiting children with an autism spectrum disorder and down syndrome, who are between the ages of 36-54 months to participate in a similar study: "Autism and… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on April 7, 2008 at 6:43pm —
Hispanics who have even a small amount of plaque build-up in the neck artery are up to four times more likely to suffer or die from a stroke or heart attack than Hispanics who do not have plaque. According to a study by the the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurolog, researchers used ultrasound to determine the thickness of the plaque in the carotid artery of 2,189 men and women who were part of the multi-ethnic Northern Manhattan Study. Carotid plaque was found in 58 percent of… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on March 20, 2008 at 9:57am —
Elderly Hispanics throughout the country tend to get inferior care, according to a Harvard study released on Tuesday. The study reported that Medicare data from 2004 reveals that hospitals with high percentages of Hispanic patients tend to have slightly lower quality indicators in three crucial areas: heart attacks, congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
The findings however, may not apply to the South Florida area, where 60 percent of the population is Hispanic and Hispanic… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on March 12, 2008 at 10:32am —
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- A small U.S. study found that obese Hispanic children and adolescents with normal blood sugar levels had elevated markers for blood vessel inflammation that may put them at risk for both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center studied 38 Hispanic youngsters, aged 10 to 18. Of those, 17 were lean and 21 were obese but had normal blood sugar levels, which means they had not yet developed… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on February 28, 2008 at 8:35pm —
According to a study published online Tuesday in the journal Neurology, Black and Hispanic Alzheimer's patients live longer than whites, Asian-Americans and American Indians who have the disease. For the study, scholars analyzed data from between 1984 and 2005 at more than 30 Alzheimer's Disease Centers across the nation. The study included information on more than 31,000 patients ages 65 and older who were diagnosed with possible or probable Alzheimer's disease. Eighty-one percent of patients… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on November 19, 2007 at 12:45pm —
Cultural stereotypes about Hispanics could impede Latino youth from seeking help for drug and alcohol abuse. In turn, substance-abuse treatment providers must better understand how their own attitudes toward culture can affect the provision of sufficient behavioral health services, according to a new study.
The study obtained first-hand information from practitioners to propose the development of culturally relevant, quality care for rural adolescent populations that have limited… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on October 31, 2007 at 1:58pm —
Like many minorities, a lack of access to care prevents many Hispanic women from getting early screening they need, making breast cancer the biggest cancer killer among that group. Most Hispanic women speak little or no English, so they already have limited access to information. But thanks to a breast health initiative funded by the Komen Foundation, the word about breast cancer is coming to them, not only in their living rooms and churches, but in their native language.
For many… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on October 29, 2007 at 10:28am —
Many studies report that Hispanics in the United States have better or similar health to that of non-Hispanic Whites, despite Hispanics having lower incomes and less education. Most studies that examine differences in adult mortality find that Hispanics have relatively lower mortality rates compared with Whites. This better than-expected health and mortality of Hispanics, given their lower socioeconomic status (SES), has been called the Hispanic paradox.
Researchers at the University… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on October 3, 2007 at 11:45am —
Medicaid is not available to undocumented immigrants, but Emergency Medicaid is available in some circumstances, including child birth.
In Almance County, North Carolina, Medicaid paid for a little more than 37 births a month to illegal aliens in 2006, according to the county Department of Social Services. That cost about $1.5 million for the year, about $80,000 of which the county pays.
That comes to nearly 40 percent of what Medicaid pays for all child births in Alamance… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on September 24, 2007 at 5:48pm —
A recent study found that many Hispanic adolescents in the United States aren't as affected by the divorce of their parents, because their life situation is already poor.
"For many Hispanic adolescents, their life situation is already poor before their family dissolves -- there may not be much further for them to drop," says co-author of this study,Yongmin Sun of Ohio State University.
Added by NSHP Editor on September 21, 2007 at 10:27am —
TUESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. federal effort aimed at boosting the health of Hispanic seniors, especially when it comes to diabetes care, is set to launch in eight communities nationwide.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are sponsoring the new HHS Hispanic Elders Health Initiative.
The project developed in response to findings from the National Healthcare Disparities Report 2006… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on September 13, 2007 at 6:40pm —
I am writing to reach out for your support, advice and/or suggestion to support a worthy cause.
As a father of three, I was devastated when I read a recent tragic story of a 6-year old boy fatally beaten in a dosmestic disturbance. His mother who fought courageously to save his life was critically injured.
I could not imagine anything worst as a parent. My heart goes to Sandra Ruiz, who was a wonderful mother and would do anything for her son, Sev'n Molina… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on September 2, 2007 at 3:51pm —
CalMagazine.com - The First All Latino Internet TV
A Subsidiary of America's Channel.com
CalMagazine.com is in fact Internet Television, and is the first all Latino Internet TV providing access to Latino culture, influences, history, and leadership. Established and launched in 2005, it is owned and operated by the Perez Family under the corporate name of America's Channel.com. It was founded… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on September 2, 2007 at 12:23pm —
Healthcare company Wellpoint Inc., who created a successful product for the twenty-somethings, is now targeting the Hispanic market. Wellpoint is getting ready to launch new products called Nuestro Bien, which means "our well-being," in early 2008.
Based in Indianpolis, WellPoint is following essentially the same game plan it used to develop Tonik, its insurance product for 18- to 34-year-old customers.
Toward that goal, WellPoint is doing three key things.""
Added by NSHP Editor on August 28, 2007 at 2:18pm —
Sales of organic foods, touted for their health benefits, are growing rapidly. Yet at the same time fast food sales, portrayed as a key contributor to the obesity epidemic, are also on the rise. While the regular food sector is showing a 2 to 3% growth annually, organic food is jumping ahead with a 17 to 20% growth rate.
A recent study by The Hartman Group found that, “Compared to the general population, two ethnic and racial groups are somewhat more likely to purchase… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on August 27, 2007 at 9:07pm —
Eight communities – mostly large metropolitan markets – have been selected to participate in a Health and Human Services pilot initiative aimed at improving the health and quality of life for Hispanic senior citizens.
The metropolitan areas of Chicago, IL; Houston, McAllen, and San Antonio, TX; Los Angeles and San Diego, CA; Miami, FL; and New York, NY have been selected to take part in the pilot project, according to Carolyn Clancy, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on August 27, 2007 at 8:49pm —
HOPE (Hispanic Obesity Prevention Education) is a recently launched free obesity prevention and education program. It is available to all Floridians (financed by the Florida Department of Health) and their website is in English and Spanish.
The program promotes increased physical activity, healthy eating, and eating appropriate portion sizes. The main benefit of the program is increased knowledge about how to achieve a healthier lifestyle, through improved eating behaviors and… Continue
Added by NSHP Editor on August 21, 2007 at 12:54pm —