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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Republicans unveil their health care proposal, it looks like Obamacare light

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2.5 minute read)   This is going to be a little heavy on policy, because it needs to be today. The GOP has revealed its version of a national health care plan. It doesn’t have a catchy name yet, so we’ll call it Trumpcare, for now, because his White House produced the

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Scentists will begin sequencing Latino DNA – it’s serious, but there’s a punchline in there, somewhere

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco  (1.5 minute read)  The image at the top is of the end result of a DNA sequencing process. According to an Associated Press report “Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the...

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Latino Grandparents as Parents—on Diaper Duty Again

*Why you should read this: Because this is important. Because abuelos raising nietos is a real concern. Because these statistics say a lot about Latino culture: “of the children in california who live in homes where grandparents are responsible...

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

LAPD’s 1st Latina Commander, Cancer Survivor Marches in Rose Bowl Parade

*Great story that cuts across all ethnic, cultural and racial lines. VL By  Brian Latimer, NBC News (3 minute read)   Los Angeles Police Department Commander Anne Clark is the first Latina to hold that job in the...

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Infants show apparent awareness of ethnic differences, UCLA psychologists report

*Here’s something to wrap your mind around on a Wednesday. I think babies detect differences, but the authors of the study and the article are the ones who imposed ethnicity on those differences. And yet, that differentiation...

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Nearly 70% of U.S. Hispanics agree with physician-assisted death

*Personally, I’m in. I agree that terminally ill patients should be able to ask their doctors for help to end their lives. Does this go against your religious beliefs? VL By Fox News (3 minute read)  According...

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Experts Say Depression Rates Among Latinos Likely to Rise Under Trump

*So the President-elect has become a mental health issue? VL By Francisco Castro, New America Media (3 minute read)   NEW ORLEANS, La. — In 2014, Professor Patrick Johansson of the University of Nebraska Medical Center conducted a...

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Latino Boomers Report Having Positive Outlook on Health

*The trick is don’t sweat pequeñeces. (that and tequila). VL By Business Wire (4 minute read) A new survey of Hispanic Baby Boomers conducted by health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) revealed that despite notable...

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Focus on the majority leaves key research on minority populations untouched

*This is the problem: “Latinos and other minority groups are hardly researched, producing less information about how each of their respective cultures influence their health and overall well-being.” VL By Khadija Saifullah, The Daily Texan (2.5 minute read)  Most...

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Latinos DO age slower than anyone else – and their genes ‘hold the key to prolonging youthfulness’

*I love when geeks say Latinos age slower at the molecular level (I nod and say “I knew that.”) By Mia De Graf, Daily Mail Latinos age slower than any other ethnicity, a study has found. Scientists...

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Research finds health cost for motivated, disadvantaged youth

*There’s a paradox, that education and income are good for your health, but the stress of getting them is detrimental throughout life. The paradox, studies say, is more pronounced in disadvantaged youth. Think young Latin@s, striving and...

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Among Latinos, HIV awareness starts with #onecovnversation

By Veronica Landa, NewsTaco There’s a quiet, if counterintuitive, victory happening: the population of those infected with HIV is going up, but the number of new infections is holding steady. This means people with HIV are living...

Monday, February 1st, 2016

In ‘No Más Bebés,’ A ‘Perfect Storm’ Led To Unwanted Sterilizations For Many Latinas

*This airs tonight on PBS. It’s worth watching, or recording. It tells the story of women who were given tubal ligations without their authorization. Yes, this happened, in Los Angeles in the 1970’s. VL By Shereen Marisol...

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Mexicans and other Latin Americans carry happiness in their DNA, study finds

*What a great Friday story. Some good feelings to start your weekend with a smile, not because we need a reason to be happy, we’re just wired that way. VL By Mariétte Le Roux, The Tico Times...

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