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 is out of whack. Just 1% of food ads show water, fruits, or veggies, and 70% of ads

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...

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Obamacare Supreme Court Case Decision: Latinos Applaud Decision; 4.2 Million Latino Enrollees Impacted

*This piece goes through the usual list of political public statements, but it also shows how the Latino community was, in its majority, in favor of and aided by the Affordable Care Act. This Supreme Court decision will...

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Undocumented Kids to Get Health Coverage in CA State Budget

* A bill now in the hands of the California House of Representatives will make it the first state to allocate funds for the health of undocumented children. VL By Viji Sundaram, New America Media Calling it...

Friday, May 29th, 2015

The Best Way to Reach People in the Shadows

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco The remarkable thing about a recent Latino Decisions survey titled “Healthcare in the Shadows” is that it identifies people who live under a cloud of fear: those who are reluctant to talk to...

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Researcher exploring why obesity strikes so hard among Mexican-American boys

*What’s new about this study is that it doesn’t separate environment from behavior, as many other studies do. This one looks at the way young Latinos interact with their environment. VL By Ron Hartung, Medical Press Fifteen...

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Why Is Texas ‘Really’ Not Expanding the Medicaid Program?

By Juan H. Flores, NewsTaco Texas legislators are holding firm in their decision not to accept the 66 billion in federal dollars available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand the Medicaid program.   Contrary to popular belief...

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Is Being Born in America Bad for Your Health?

*The Centers for Disease Control released the findings of a first-ever, national study on Latino health. Among many things, they found that Latinos have a higher mortality rate due to diabetes and liver disease then non-Latinos. Also,...

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The grisly death of a Latino at a Bumble Bee tuna plant puts a larger trend in sharp relief

*To put this in perspective, this week the AFL-CIO published its annual report on workplace safety. The findings: Latinos work in some of the most dangerous occupations, and because the majority are immigrants they are less likely...

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Sandra Hernandez Takes Fizz Out of Coke-Sponsored Health Convention

*Love this! Sandra Hernandez is invited to do a keynote address at the National Hispanic Medical Association conference. She notices the event is sponsored by Coca Cola, that there are Coke’s sitting on the doctor’s tables. So...

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Doctor Shortage for Booming Latino Population in CA, US

*The problem, according to the study, is “the dismantling of affirmative action programs in California, and a decrease in anti-poverty programs over the past few decades.”VL By Suzanne Potter, California News Service Over the past 30 years,...

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Health Risks Of Living In US Border Colonias Prompt Funding Increase Proposal

*This is very good news! There are twenty-five hundred colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border where conditions are equal to third-world standards. President Obama wants to increase funding by 50 percent to help those areas. VL By Lorne...

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Latino Families Find Eldercare A Tough But Beautiful Mission

*Eight million Latinos take care of family elders without receiving compensation. It’s a cultural value, an honor and an obligation. Latinas bear the largest brunt of the caregiving. VL By  Melody Miranda Aulet, Mundo Hispanico/New America Media...

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