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The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF in 2017 said that 2.1 billion people lacked access to safe drinking water and that 40 percent of humanity is affected by water shortages.

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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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[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.

$3 Million donation puts Philadelphia at the center of cannabis research

 12/20/2016 - 08:51

The cannabis green rush is spreading throughout the country now that eight states have legalized recreational pot and 28 more have approved medical marijuana. 

Pennsylvania is among the latter, with the state’s first medicinal program slated to take off in 2018. Now, a $3 million donation to Thomas Jefferson University from an Australian philanthropist is adding to Philadelphia’s already robust research landscape and helping to create a cannabis corridor in the City of Brotherly Love. 

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Una donación de 3 millones de dólares pone a Filadelfia en el centro de la investigación sobre la Cannabis

 12/20/2016 - 08:45

Un prado de verdes juncos de Cannabis se ha diseminado por todo el país, ahora que ocho estados han legalizado su uso recreacional y 28 otros han aprobado la marihuana medicinal. 

Pennsylvania se encuentra entre estos últimos, con el primer programa medicinal del estado que pretende despegar en el 2018. Ahora, una donación de 3 millones de dólares a la Universidad Thomas Jefferson por parte de un filántropo australiano, está siendo agregado al robusto paisaje investigativo de Filadelfia para ayudar a crear un corredor de cannabis en la Ciudad del Amor Fraternal.

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La Última Calada

 12/12/2016 - 03:57

 

 

EFE / Agencias. Con toda una vida dedicada a la elaboración artesanal de tabaco, Wallace Reyes no le da más de "quince o veinte" años de existencia a una industria que ha marcado la historia de la ciudad de Tampa (EE.UU.), en la costa oeste de Florida y que llegó a ser llamada la "capital mundial del puro".

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The Last Puff

 12/12/2016 - 03:50

Tampa was once dubbed "Cigar City", but its last cigar factory is about to disappear, like Fidel Castro, the most iconic cigar smoker, did last week.

Among those most worried about the future of the city is Eric Newman, whose family has been making 31 brands of cigars, including Cuesta-Rey, Diamond Crown and La Unica, for three generations, reports The Washington Post.
For 121 years, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has produced millions of cigars and shipped them worldwide, while the rest of 149 surrounding factories shuttered their doors or outsourced overseas. 

Knowing the Enemy

 12/08/2016 - 02:51

Metastasis is a frightening word. It means death in 90% of Cancer cases, as it means the disease is spreading in the body.  However, scientists understand more and more the process of cell-splitting, from beginning to end, binging hope to a near cure.

Dead Zone

 12/07/2016 - 04:12

According to the most recent census data, the uninsured portion of the United States population has fallen to 9 percent, with the sharpest drop registered among those living in households with incomes of less than $48,600 a year (for a family of four)  or $23,760 for a single person.

Disrupting Burguers

 12/07/2016 - 03:48

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the fast-food industry? Well, for those entrepreneurs who dream to 'save the world', motivations are strong: reduce meat consumption and eliminate foods that have big environmental and social impacts, like processed food or heavy dependent on intensive agriculture.  

Abuela at 26

 12/06/2016 - 04:38

In 2015 more than 135,000 babies were born in Colombia to 15 to 19 year old mothers.

This problem has less to do with social and cultural stigmas, but with extreme poverty, says Catalina Escobar, chair of Juanfe, an non profit organization in Colombia that works with teenager mothers living in extreme poverty conditions and has saved the lives of more than 300 new-borns since its foundation, in 2001.

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