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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, explained

*Vox has a very good summary of the Republican Healthcare plan. I share it because I’m a fan of bullet points. But also because it goes on to a lengthier explanation of what the GOP bill contains. In essence, it “asks low- and middle-income Americans to spend significantly more for less coverage.” VL By Sarah

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

What is Health Equity and How Can We Achieve It?

*Everything is connected. Poverty is a health issue, education is a health issue. VL NewsTaco HEALTH TUESDAY By Eric Moreno, Salud Today (2.5 minute read)   Health equity can be a hard-to-understand concept. A new report has...

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Study finds blacks, Latinos get worse care for neurological disorders

* NewsTaco HEALTH TUESDAY By Dave Lindorff, Salon (4 minunte read)  A pioneering study published recently in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology has found that black and Latino patients suffering from neurological ailments like stroke,...

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Do Apps Like Instagram Hurt or Help Mental Health among Latinos?

*What do you think? A pop-up that warns you when you’ve been on social media too long? VL NewsTaco HEALTH TUESDAY By Eric Moreno, Salud Today (4.5 minute read)   So many people share their lives on...

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Spanish-speaking Patients Looking for Someone to Talk To

*The lack of Latino health professionals means many patients don’t get the treatments they need. Here’s a real world consequence: Nearly 1 in 5 Latinos suffers a mental health problem that could go untreated. VL NewsTaco HEALTH TUESDAY By...

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Life Expectancy for Latinos Differs by 20 Years in Some US Counties

*The difference in life expectancy has to do with obesity, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and smoking, but socioeconomic factors are important too. What can you do? Use this information to push for health-promoting policies. VL NewsTaco...

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Latino Men Often Put Off Medical Care, Bringing Bigger Trouble

*Why you should read this: Because beyond being a cultural issue that has health repercussions, the fact the Latino men put off seeking medical care could be a health problem that has serious financial consequences for the...

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Latinos, Millennials Among Groups Least Likely to Have Health Insurance

*Why you should read this: Because this information is vital as the  debate about healthcare intensifies in Washington. Because “Latinos . . . are much more likely than non-Latinos to hold a low-income, blue-collar job that doesn’t...

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Republicans predict victory as narrow U.S. healthcare vote approaches

*Why you should read this:  Because this vote is coming down to the wire. Because you can call your representative to let them know this is a bad bill: Savemycare VL By David Morgan and Richard Cowan,...

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...

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...

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