Sí Here Biweekly Health Report

October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past two weeks.

Study: Latino children more likely to suffer depression from foxsanantonio.com

According to its new study, Latino children are not only more likely to suffer from depression, they're also less likely to receive treatment. The statistics can be startling. "Even to a researcher this is very eye-opening," says Salud America Project Coordinator Rosalie Aguilar. 22 percent of Latino youth have depressive symptoms – a higher rate than any minority besides Native American youth.

Humanitarian Crisis Could Explode If Puerto Rico Hospitals Shut Down Due to Diesel Shortage from latinorebels.com : Puerto Rico

Some hospitals in Puerto Rico could shut down, leaving hundreds if not thousands of lives at risk due to the high demand for diesel a week after Hurricane María devastated the island. Although there were gasoline reserves for 15 days, according to the Puerto Rican government, diesel has had higher demand than gas. Hospitals, restaurants, office buildings and even some residential homes all run on diesel power generators. The government says only four hospitals have been energized by the Puerto Rico Energy Power Authority (AEE or PREPA). Those hospitals are the Medical Centers in Río Piedras and Mayagüez, the HIMA San Pablo in Bayamón and an unspecified hospital in downtown Mayagüez.

Report from Puerto Rico: Death Toll Higher Than Reported Amid Water Shortage & Health Crisis from democracynow.org : Puerto Rico

We speak with Laura Moscoso, a data journalist at the Puerto Rico-based Center for Investigative Journalism. She says the death toll is much higher than the government reports, noting, "Our phones have been ringing with many testimonies. "

Puerto Rico's looming medical crisis is 'about to explode' from cnn.com : Puerto Rico

Dr. María Rodríguez shakes her head. She's the medical director of Concilio de Salud Integral de Loíza, a community health center in a small town in the northeastern portion of Puerto Rico. Inside the clinic, with her hair pulled back and large glasses framing her eyes, she appears every inch a practical and compassionate health care provider. Yet today, she is struggling.

Puebla's largest hospital has to be demolished due to quake damage from mexiconewsdaily.com : Mexico

The largest hospital in Puebla will be demolished after sustaining severe structural damage in last week’s 7. 1-magnitude earthquake. The emblematic San Alejandro Hospital, which is operated by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), is one of 18 IMSS medical facilities across the state that suffered damage in the powerful quake.

UNTHSC study looks into prevalence of Alzheimer's among Mexican-Americans from 9news.com

Researchers at the UNT Health Science Center received a $12 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study why Mexican-Americans develop cognitive loss earlier than other groups. "The Latino population, in general, appears to be at an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease," says neuropsychologist and researcher Dr. Sid O'Bryant, PhD. "We have found Mexican-Americans appear to develop memory loss average of about a decade younger. "

Mexican Consulate To Offer Bilingual Mental Health Services For Stressed Visitors from capradio.org : California

A new program at Sacramento’s Mexican Consulate aims to provide mental health check-ups to visitors while they’re waiting for government services. Roughly 1 in 5 Latinos experience mental health challenges in the U. S. , and community advocates worry the issue has worsened in light of the recent Mexico earthquake and ongoing immigration raids.

Psychological aftershocks linger after massive Mexico quake from reuters.com : Mexico

In some of Mexico City’s hardest-hit neighborhoods, psychologists and therapists have set up tents to offer a sympathetic ear to those traumatized after watching their friends and family perish under the rubble. Julian Astudillo, 11, and his 6-year-old sister Jimena Lora were feeling unwell on Tuesday morning, according to their mother, Nayeli Flores, and she gave them the day off school. But eventually, Flores said she had to leave them and go to work. Shortly after 1 pm, disaster struck.

Mexican-Americans at Higher Risk for Liver Cancer from host.madison.com

Mexican-Americans have more risk factors for liver cancer than residents of Mexico do, a new study finds. Researchers compared data on almost 9,500 Mexicans living in Mexico; just over 2,300 U. S. -born Mexican-Americans living in the United States; and close to 2,000 Mexican-Americans who were born in Mexico and now live in the United States.

Actor Jai Rodriguez's Path to HIV Advocacy Was Paved by a Loving Aunt from thebody.com

There's one memory of his Aunt Joanne that Jai Rodriguez will never forget. His aunt took him to his first audition when he was a young kid growing up on Long Island. She was a "very theatrical, fun-loving person," Rodriguez said, and pushed him to pursue acting. And because auditions are professional events, little Rodriguez showed up in a suit.

Health Care Professionals Gather for the Second Annual Hispanic Transplant Symposium from tmc.edu : Texas

The Second Annual Texas Medical Center Hispanic Transplant Symposium on Sept. 26 drew doctors, nurses, researchers, clinicians, dieticians, organ donation and transplantation professionals and patients to discuss the challenges facing the Hispanic population in the United States when it comes to receiving care for end-stage organ disease.

Hispanics in the Big Country show high number of diabetic cases from bigcountryhomepage.com : Texas

Hispanics in the Big Country have been diagnosed with diabetes three times more than all other ethnic groups in Taylor County. "With the Hispanic community, unfortunately, we are a community that's hit really badly with Type 2 diabetes," said Jazmin Medrano, an employee of Mercy Clinic.

PR Feinstein Institute researchers and community outreach group El Poder de Decidir begin second phase from prnewswire.com

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Associate Professor Negin Hajizadeh, MD, MPH, and Research Coordinator Sonia Jacome MSCH, are continuing their collaboration with the community-based organization, El Poder de Decidir (El Poder) to improve the education and treatment of asthma patients in the Hispanic Community with a second phase project supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Cuban Doctors Revolt: ‘You Get Tired of Being a Slave’ from nytimes.com : Cuba

In a rare act of collective defiance, scores of Cuban doctors working overseas to make money for their families and their country are suing to break ranks with the Cuban government, demanding to be released from what one judge called a “form of slave labor. ”Thousands of Cuban doctors work abroad under contracts with the Cuban authorities. Countries like Brazil pay the island’s Communist government millions of dollars every month to provide the medical services, effectively making the doctors Cuba’s most valuable export.

A Single Mom, A Latino Immigrant And The Struggle Of Addiction Recovery from opb.org : Oregon

On a cold mid-October day in Bend, Talie Wenick rode to the grocery store in the rain the only way she knew how: on a bike. Wenick, a single mom, needed to buy food and diapers. She had her 2-year-old baby boy strapped to the back seat. She also carried with her the weight of her drug and alcohol addiction.

Health Care's 5 Under 40: Linda Roman, Oregon Latino Health Coalition from bizjournals.com : Oregon

Celebrates five young health care professionals of Oregon or S. W. Washington companies who have already made a significant impact on their respective organizations and on the improvement of health care delivery. Linda Roman grew up in Washington County, the daughter of a Salvadoran refugee mother whose resiliency to succeed became her greatest life influence. An immigrant's life is often one of uncertainty and financial hardships, and those experiences pushed Roman into a career focused on helping families like her own.

Puerto Rico has medical supplies -- why must doctors fight for them? from cnn.com : Puerto Rico

As a doctor, the level of pain and suffering I've seen in Puerto Rico has been hard to accept. Puerto Rico was already stressed with one of the poorest medical systems in the United States, but the dual blow of two major hurricanes has left this island with a medical crisis that is usually reserved for war zones.

Closed Puerto Rico factories are the sole source of some critical drugs from money.cnn.com : Puerto Rico

The Food and Drug Administration is worried that there could be shortages of some critical drugs normally produced in Puerto Rico if manufacturing plants there are closed for an extended period of time. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the FDA since May, arrived on Puerto Rico Friday to survey the situation and talk with pharmaceutical executives on the island. He said his agency has a list of about 40 drugs that it's concerned could be in short supply, 13 of which are made only in Puerto Rico.

Uh-Oh! VapoRub Is Not Actually the Cure-All Your Abuela Thinks It Is from popsugar.com

There's a reason all those VapoRub memes on social media make Latinxs laugh so hard: it is true that our abuelas and moms often turn to the menthol ointment for anything and everything, from an actual cold to a headache to perhaps even a broken heart.

Pitbull Flies Cancer Patients to Mainland for Treatment as Puerto Rican Hospitals Struggle from remezcla.com : Puerto Rico

Given the humanitarian crisis that’s unfolding on the island, Pitbull is doing his part to help Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable. Mr. 305 sent his private plane to PR so that cancer patients could receive the treatment they need in the mainland, according to New York Daily News.

NHCOA releases State of Hispanic Older Adults report focusing on caregiving, which reveals their struggle to age with dignity facing lack of housing, hunger, and poverty from nhcoa.org

This data and testimonial driven report is the only one of its kind that compiles information on how U. S. Hispanic older adults and their caregivers are faring in terms of indicators of wellbeing.

Former U.S. Ambassador launches campaign for cancer awareness, funding in Costa Rica from ticotimes.net : Costa Rica

Former U. S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney – now known to millions of Costa Rican TV viewers as “Mr. Fitz” – has been asked many times in recent weeks why he decided, following the end of his time at the Embassy in July, to join the cast of Channel 7’s “Dancing with the Stars. ” And he’s given several answers: to have fun, to lose a little weight, to show a more personal and playful side of a diplomatic figure normally inaccessible to most Costa Ricans.

Hospitalized children at risk in Puerto Rico due to lack of fuel from cnn.com : Puerto Rico

The lives of 12 hospitalized children in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are in danger due to a diesel shortage after extensive damage to the US island territory's fuel supply infrastructure, a hospital administrator said. The children depend on ventilators to survive, according to Domingo Cruz Vivaldi, executive director of the San Jorge Children's Hospital. But a shortage of diesel, which powers generators, meant that the ventilators had to run on batteries for eight hours Monday and supply is still limited.

Fighting For Reproductive Rights When Your Family's Undocumented from mtv.com

Angelica is a 19-year-old Latinx college student and Planned Parenthood patient. Her sister is undocumented and uninsured; Planned Parenthood Arizona health centers are her sole source of preventive services. Angelica told MTV News about why she advocates for awareness and action regarding the intersection of immigration policy and reproductive rights.

This Latina Opens Up About Her Sister's Suicide And Hopes It Encourages People To Speak Up And Seek Help from wearemitu.com

On December 9th, 2015, Claudia Gutierrez lost her little sister Katherine to suicide, and now she is telling her story to help bring awareness to the issue of mental health and suicide. Gutierrez recently spoke to Los Angeles radio station Power 106, touching on several details about her sister Katherine.

PR Argentina to improve water and sanitation services in northern provinces with IDB loan from iadb.org : Argentina

$200 million loan will benefit more than 150,000 households in northern provinces included in the “Plan Belgrano” anti-poverty program

Your New Food Obsession Is Here: Healthy Arepas from popsugar.com : New York

There's one man bringing a whole new twist to arepas in New York City. His name is Celestino Diaz and he's the proud owner of Areppas restaurant (it's spelled like that on purpose, by the way), a little slice of heaven in Manhattan. Executive chef Gabriela Machado is bringing what the restaurant calls healthy gluten-free arepas to the US, made with carrots, beets, parsley, cilantro, lime zest, chicken broth, and corn flour instead of the traditional ground maize or cooked flour dough.

Mexican Consulate’s monthlong series of free health events seeks to aid one of the ‘most vulnerable’ communities from sltrib.com : Utah

A series of free health events that begins this weekend will give “vulnerable” immigrants in Utah access to medical care they don‘t normally receive, officials say. Starting this weekend, the Mexican Consulate and community partners throughout the region will hold a series of more than 50 health-focused events that provide free services to the public.

What will be Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico's drug industry? from marketplace.org : Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico continues to deal with the devastation brought by hurricane Maria. Much of the power is still out on the island, and infrastructure has extensive damage. While the human cost is showing itself, so is the cost to a major industry in the island — drug manufacturing.

Why the Mexican Consulate, San Bernardino schools and more are teaming up for Health Week from sbsun.com : California

Free medical care for thousands of residents is coming in the form of a health fair in October, the culmination of bi-national health week and the beginning of what officials say will be a long health commitment.

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