Health

 
Mammogram, Breast Exam
5 Medical Tests Every Latina Should Have Done Now
By Latina Staff | 06/11/2012 - 19:00

While certain diseases strike every ethnic group, Latinas are affected at a much higher rate and have a poorer prognosis for many. Accessibility to healthcare, education, prevention and early detection are key to making significant changes within our communities. Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself healthy and safe, according to Dr. Helen Troncoso, Ms. New York America and a women’s health advocate. 


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6 Fitness Secrets of Latina Stars
6 Fitness Secrets of Latina Stars
By Valerie Tejeda | 06/11/2012 - 15:00

Celebrities have many secrets to looking fabulous and fit. Former reporter and host for Today and MSNBC, Susan Campos is known for tracking trends and getting the inside scoop on all things Hollywood. Campos is now the co-founder of the website Beauty Undercover and is sharing how famous Latinas keep in shape while still being able to devour their favorite Latin foods. (Hey, a girl’s gotta eat!) 


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Kissing Bug, Chagas Disease
Chagas Disease Explained -- And Why You Should Care
By Samantha Leal | 06/01/2012 - 10:00

Researchers are now stating that a disease known as Chagas disease could do us global damage – like that of AIDS. Described as the “new AIDS of the Americas”, this parasitic disease is most often found in Latin American countries, with most cases reported from Bolivia, Mexico, and Colombia. 


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Barry's Bootcamp
Get Fit Fast for Summer (On a Budget)
By Araceli Cruz | 05/30/2012 - 14:00

Being healthy and in shape should always be priority, but with summer approaching (and quickly!) it might be time to start thinking a bit more about moving that body. Barry’s Bootcamp – a favorite among celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian – is a high-intensity workout that blends dance moves, strength training and treadmills. Yes, treadmills.


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Summer Bike Ride
5 Ways to Work Out Without Hitting the Gym
By Valerie Tejeda | 05/23/2012 - 17:00

Summer is almost here, which means it’s almost time to break out the bathing suit and shorts. But if the thought of hitting a gym makes you cry a little inside, don’t freak out just yet – we’ve got some better activities to get you moving.

Get Biking


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Birth Control Pills
Latinas Cross the Border for Birth Control
By Sally Mercedes | 04/05/2012 - 12:42

We've heard of people crossing state lines in search of legal, affordable reproductive health services (birth control, abortion, etc.), but now women are crossing the Mexican border. According to a study published in the June 2010 American Journal of Public Health, more Latinas are making their way to Mexico where they have easier access to affordable birth control. Another trend is bringing birth control over to the U.S. in bulk and then selling it on the black market.


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War on Women
COMMENTARY: Occupy Your Womb!
By Dolores Prida | 02/24/2012 - 11:01

Why have birth control and women’s reproductive rights become such a controversial hot topic in the last few months? Didn’t women fight and win that battle decades ago?


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Latino Cancer Support Organizations
6 Great Cancer Support Organizations for Latinas
By Lisa Loverro | 02/16/2012 - 17:30

With the Susan G.


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Komen Agrees to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood And Supporting Latinas
By Sugey Palomares | 02/03/2012 - 12:27

Despite recent reports that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation would cut funding and preventive care for the non-profit family-planning organization Planned Parenthood, the foundation has decided to reverse its decision. “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities," said the group.


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World AIDS Day 2011: Living with HIV
World AIDS Day 2011: Living with HIV
By Maria Mejia | 12/01/2011 - 13:50

I got HIV at the age of 16 from my first boyfriend, who went by his gang name, Flyskee. Although I grew up with a wonderful mother, I was emotionally abused by my father and sexually abused by an uncle, which caused me to run away by the time I was 13. It was then that I met Flyskee. He became my family. At the time, I didn’t know that he was an IV drug user—but I also never thought HIV could happen to me. Back then, so many of us thought it was a homosexual
disease that only affected men.


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