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 easy access to a lower drinking age in Mexico. This isn’t to say that Cuban-Americans or others don’t

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...

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...

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