Monday, September 16, 2019

Guest Blogger: Andrea Delgado “Happy Birthday, Cesar E. Chavez”

The agriculture industry relies heavily on the use of pesticides, which are highly toxic chemicals that farmworkers and surrounding communities are frequently exposed to through simply doing their jobs or living near agricultural sites. Pesticides enter the body through inhalation and penetration of the skin. The latest statistics indicate that in 2007, 1.1 billion pounds […]

Latinos See Climate Change as Serious Issue, Support Taking Action

According to a national poll conducted by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), 74% of Latinos believe climate change is a very serious problem. A total of 1,218 Latinos were polled as a response to President Obama’s comments about climate change in his State of the Union address. The Latino response was 10% higher than […]

Latino Teens Less Likely to Commit Suicide than Non-Latinos

According to new data from JAMA Psychiatry, one in 25 U.S. teenagers aged 13-18 has attempted suicide while one in either has thought about it. While alarming, a previous study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that Latinos were less likely to commit suicide when compared to non-Latinos ages 15-19. “This is very complicated,” […]

Voces Verdes: Latino Leaders Take Stance on Environmental Pollution

Voces Verdes, an independent, non-partisan organization of Latino leaders advocating for the environment, has long taken a stance against the negative health impact that pollution has on Hispanic communities. Earlier this month, Voces Verdes and partners took their concerns about harmful pollutants to the White House, asking for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama […]

Eat Healthy But Cuidado With Superfoods

Are you familiar with superfoods? A story in The Guardian this week highlighted an issue that has been popping up in recent years: our “superfoods” are the regular foods of communities in other places. One case in example is quinoa from Bolivia—and how with our increased consumption, there is a negative impact on the communities that produce it. […]

Flu Season: Latinos Less Likely to Receive Flu Vaccine

Latinos are less likely to receive the flu vaccine when compared to other ethnic groups, a fact influenced by limited access to medical care, revealed Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, a medical epidemiologist with the Influenza Division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in an ABC News report. The lack of inoculations is particularly concerning, he added, because Latinos […]

Latina Pregnancies in the U.S. Hit Record Low

According to a report by Pew Research, both immigrant and native-born Latinos experienced steeper birthrate declines from 2007 to 2010 than other groups, including non-Latino whites, blacks, and Asians. The report details that in 2011, the overall American birthrate hit a record low, with 63 births per 1000 women ages 15 to 44. The decline […]

Obesity and Diabetes Rising with Latinos, But Can Be Easily Prevented

A recent report from the United Health Foundation revealed that health concerns around obesity and diabetes continue to rise within the Latino community, affecting 31% of Latinos in the U.S. The rate at which obesity and diabetes affects the Latino community is almost commensurate with the rate for the general population in the country, which […]

Guest Blogger: Dr. Evelyn Montalvo-Stanton “In Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath, Let’s Prepare Better For Storms’ Impact on Health”

For me, the most memorable impacts of Hurricane Sandy arrived at my door after the floodwaters receded. In Newark, New Jersey where I work as a pediatric pulmonologist, the floods gave way to a rapid growth of mold and other lung irritants, and my patients are feeling the strain with every breath they take. In these predominantly […]

Latinos Likely to Eat More Genetically Engineered Foods than most Americans

The Just Label It campaign, which aims to have the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require the labeling of all genetically-altered foods, has launched its first star-studded PSA, bringing on board celebrities such as Wilmer Valderrama to remind Latinos about the risks associated with genetically altered foods. “I have the right to know what’s […]