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Start the new year off healthy: Get covered

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The holiday season is a time to be with our loved ones, reflect on the past year, and plan for the new year. One of the traditions we have in my family on Año Nuevo, or New Year’s Eve, is to form a circle and share what we are most grateful for in the past Read More

Keeping Latinos healthy and informed

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Marking World AIDS Day on your calendars each year imprints a memory in our minds of what remains important. The theme for 2014 World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.” Awareness is key for keeping people informed and healthy around the world, please visit HIVaware for an interactive website and more information Read More

Obesity and Latinos

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Studies have shown that Latinos don’t tend to see themselves as obese when they in fact are. Researchers surveyed 1,076 women in 2010 and Hispanic and African-American women were more likely to consider their weight normal when in fact they were overweight.  We have to stay awake to the dangers of obesity and the health Read More

Latinos lag under health law

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  The results are coming in and the government’s census data reports that Latinos are falling behind under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. According to the 2014 census reports, one quarter of Latinos do not have health insurance. On average, 18% of Latinos between 18-24 years of age are not insured while 30% of Blacks in Read More

Positive thought = A happier life

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  It’s normal to have a bad day at times (hey we all have had those morning where we wake up on the wrong side of the bed), but having a negative mentality on top of it is just too much.  Sometimes some of our own friends or even family can have an effect on Read More

Latinas in Texas and Abortion

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Surveys are suggesting that abortions should be a woman’s choice and that Texas Latinos are in agreement with the matter, according to the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the non-partisan research firm PerryUndem. The survey was conducted to better understand the values and perspectives of Texas Latino voters in comparison to those of Read More

Attitudes about marijuana are changing

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Marijuana has been an issue for many years. It seems like that green plant is becoming more acceptable in society. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta changed his views about marijuana, he now sees it as something beneficial for medicinal purposes where he was previously opposed to the idea. It was a situation where he had to see Read More

How working out makes us feel

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We all see these girls or guys on television with “perfect” bodies and we want to imitate them.  Some people go extremes like getting liposuction or Botox.  Honestly it’s  easy to fall into that mentality because we love to look perfect in order to impress that hot guy or girl we are dating or to impress Read More

Lung cancer research advancements

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  A drug trial was recently conducted with patients who have been receiving chemotherapy as a result of being diagnosed with  lung cancer. The Korean study has shown that by measuring the expression levels of an enzyme involved in DNA synthesis can help predict the response of lung cancers to certain treatments which would be a Read More

Immigrant youth and Affordable Care

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We all know that it’s smart to practice safe sex but at times, the numbers shown in studies tell us otherwise, which of course sets off an alarm. It also brings an attention to what type of sex education the Hispanic community getting. There are different levels of sexual risk behaviors amongst Hispanics. A study Read More