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 stressing over upward mobility. My question, though, is that the study doesn’t take family support networks into account.

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...

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

A barrier to clean water in Flint, Michigan: a government-issued ID

*There are reports of 1000 undocumented residents in Flint that have not accessed a daily water ration because they don’t speak English and fear going out into the open. Add to this the request of a photo...

Monday, January 11th, 2016

‘East Los High’ Isn’t Just A Soapy Teen Drama — It’s Also A Science Experiment

*Just when you’re at the brink of bailing out of the internet for all its mindlessness, you read there’s method to some of the mayhem – whatever it takes, the end justifies the means and all that....

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Why Tortillas May Hold The Key To Healthier Babies

*Here’s why this is important: ” . . . studies suggest that fortifying corn masa with folic acid could prevent an additional 40 to 120 cases of neural tube defects among babies born to Hispanic mothers each...

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Latino Groups Differ in Drinking Rates, Alcohol-Related Problems: Expert

*According to research, Mexican-Americans from the border area are the heaviest of the heavy drinkers. I was reared on the border and I say … yep, that’s about it – something to do with the border and...

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Where Do We Stand (As We Are Able)? Latinos and the ADA 25 Years Later

*After 25 years with the Americans with Disabilities Act Latinos have come a long way, but Eduardo Diaz tells us there’s still a way to go to ensure “workplace safety, training, education, better paying jobs, access to...

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Why Latinos don’t talk about HIV, and why we should

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco The thing about HIV in the Latino community is that we don’t talk about it as much as we should. And the thing about talking about HIV isn’t that we don’t want to,...

Monday, October 12th, 2015

When soda companies target minorities, is it exploitation?

*This is worth reading. An excerpt from a book that asks if sugary drink ad targeting to Latinos is exploitation. It explores the issue with more historical depth and frames it in a different way. VL By...

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Ask Food Companies to Advertise Healthier Foods and Drinks to Kids

*The culprits! Fast-food advertising directed at Latino kids is a factual problem. The good news is that some national chains are voluntarily creating advertisements for healthier foods. VL By Salud Toay On Spanish-language TV, food and beverage advertising...

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

5 Reasons Latinos Could Be The Most Powerful Transformation Of The U.S. Health System

*I like the way the story frames Latinos as a transformative force. We are agents of change and we need to be telling that story often. This piece makes a good case for Latinos as the saving...

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

FDA bans some cilantro from Mexico, cites human feces in fields

* Oh no! Here’s the official reason: the cilantro in question has been found to cause “Cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis.” Got that? Translation: “Investigators found human feces and toilet paper in...

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