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Bitter debate in Congress augurs tough road for Trump-backed healthcare plan

 03/08/2017 - 15:27

Congress was the scene on Wednesday of a bitter start to the debate on the new healthcare law with which Republicans hope to replace the healthcare reform of former President Barack Obama, and the acrimony among lawmakers presages a tough road toward approval for the plan, which is backed by President Donald Trump.

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[OP-ED]: A Latino health-outreach program is a reminder that it’s all in the name

 02/14/2017 - 14:21
A decade ago, the hot medical news was the emerging use of “promotoras” -- Spanish-speaking Latina community volunteers who worked with medical organizations to coordinate health outreach activities in their neighborhoods -- as a cutting-edge tactic to produce better outcomes in predominantly Mexican populations suffering from obesity, diabetes and other ailments.

If culture can be used as a currency to understand and serve a community, it can also be a trap, if the culture is painted with too broad a brush. We think we “know” the so-called Hispanic community -- generalizing to certain tropes about language, love of family, deference to authority figures, etc. -- and we rarely stop to question whether our initial assessments still hold true.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Un programa de extensión sanitaria latino nos recuerda que las denominaciones importan

 02/14/2017 - 14:19
Hace una década, la novedad médica era la creciente utilización de “promotoras”--voluntarias hispanoparlantes de la comunidad latina, que trabajaban con organizaciones médicas a fin de coordinar las actividades de extensión sanitaria en sus barrios--como una innovadora táctica para producir mejores resultados en poblaciones predominantemente mexicanas aquejadas de obesidad, diabetes, y otras enfermedades.

Si la cultura puede utilizarse como una moneda para comprender y servir a una comunidad, también puede ser una trampa, si se pinta esa cultura con una brocha demasiado gorda. Pensamos que “conocemos” a la así llamada comunidad hispana--generalizando ciertos rasgos como la lengua, el amor a la familia y la deferencia a ciertas figuras de autoridad, etc.--y nunca nos detenemos a preguntarnos si nuestras evaluaciones iniciales aún son verdaderas.

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Esther Cepeda

Hell, Part 2: While Homicide Rate falls, Suicide is on the rise in Ciudad Juárez

 02/09/2017 - 04:53

Ciudad Juarez, the border city in northern Mexico which between 2008 and 2011 had the dubious reputation of being the murder capital of the world, has seen its homicide rate fall since 2012. But as the BBC reports, the city's high levels of violence have had long-term psychological effects on its residents, especially its youth.

Corazones de oro

 02/06/2017 - 18:56

El Baile del Corazón de Filadelfia, que contó con más de 800 asistentes de las comunidades corporativa, médica, farmacéutica y social de Filadelfia, es la gala anual en beneficio de la misión de la Asociación Americana del Corazón, construyendo vidas más saludables, libres de enfermedades cardiovasculares e infartos.

Hearts of Gold

 02/05/2017 - 18:02

The Philadelphia Heart Ball, which is attended by more than 800 individuals from Philadelphia’s corporate, medical, pharmaceutical and social communities, is the annual black-tie gala benefiting the American Heart Association’s lifesavin

Un inglés limitado podría afectar a pacientes con Diabetes

 01/25/2017 - 13:51
Un inglés limitado podría afectar a pacientes con Diabetes

Un estudio reciente de 31.000 pacientes con diabetes en el norte de California ha determinado que el 60% de los pacientes Latinos hispanohablantes no llenaron sus prescripciones el 20% de las veces. Esto sucedió en un período de dos años después de que les fue indicada la medicación para controlar la enfermedad.

Limited English can impact patients with Diabetes

 01/24/2017 - 17:24
Limited English can impact patients with Diabetes

A research study of 31,000 patients with diabetes in Northern California found that sixty percent of Spanish-speaking Latino patients did not fill their prescriptions around twenty percent of the time. This was during a two-year period after they were told they needed the medication to control the disease.

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