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New Hope for Latinas Afflicted with Lupus
New Hope for Latinas Afflicted with Lupus
By Grace Bastidas | 03/11/2011 - 11:17

The bad news: Latinas and other women of color are three times likelier to develop lupus, a debilitating immune system disease that attacks healthy cells and tissues all over the body. The good news: For the first time in 50 years, there is a drug to treat this painful condition.

The medication Benlysta was approved this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), giving hope to the 1.5 million Americans affected by lupus.


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Women's Healthcare
Our Reproductive Health Under Attack: How a New Bill Would Affect Latinas
By Grace Bastidas | 03/10/2011 - 18:11

Politicians have been waging a war against women across the country, pushing an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood and other free or low-cost clinics vital for our reproductive health. The amendment has already made it past the House of Representatives and could go even further if U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who introduced the amendment, has his way. We talked to Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, deputy director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), to find out how this would impact us directly.


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Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood Teams up with LATINA to Reach Hispanic Women
By Mariela Rosario | 02/07/2011 - 16:45

Latina magazine's editor in chief and co-president Galina Espinoza hosted a special media event this morning with Planned Parenthood to address the disparity in sexual health care among Latinas.

Standing alongside Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and the Director of Latino Engagement Destiny Lopez, the women highlghted the positive effect that reproductive health and education can have for our community. As it stands currently:


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Latinas Twice As Likely to Develop Cervical Cancer
Latinas Twice As Likely to Develop Cervical Cancer
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/19/2011 - 14:35

Genital HPV (short for human papilloma viruses) are a group of more than 100 strains of the most common sexually transmitted infection that occur in the genital, oral and anal regions. Although it usually disappears on its own, infection from two high-risk strains of the virus causes 70 percent of all cervical cancer. Each year, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and Latinas are twice as likely to develop the disease in comparison to non-Hispanic white women.


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New Year, New You: 8 Tips on Keeping Your Resolutions
New Year, New You: 8 Tips on How to Keep Your Resolutions
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/07/2011 - 12:30

How many of us compile a long list of resolutions that will surely turn us into much better versions of our current selves only to crash and burn miserably around, oh, week two?

Trading old habits for new ones can be difficult and takes serious commitment, but if you learn what makes a successful resolution you’ll increase your chances of making it into February with your goals and motivation still intact.


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Mondo TK
EXCLUSIVE: Mondo Guerra on HIV/AIDS: "It's Not a Death Sentence"
By Lee Hernandez | 12/01/2010 - 08:30

In honor of World AIDS Day, we spoke to Project Runway star Mondo Guerra—who revealed his HIV positive status on the show—about his work with HIV/AIDS and why it's important to keep talking about the epidemic. 

What does World AIDS Day mean to you?


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Professor Files Lawsuit Over Nursing Textbook that says Mexicans Drink and Cubans are Fat
By Fox News Latino | 11/30/2010 - 11:21

A former University of Central Florida professor has filed a complaint against the university in federal court after complaining about a book that claims Mexicans binge drink and Cubans embrace being overweight.

Dr. Nancy Rudner Lugo says that in 2008 her contract with UCF was not renewed because she complained about, and refused to use, the textbook which she claims contains ethnic stereotypes. The book is called a Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care. What makes the book so controversial is how the author describes certain ethnic groups. 


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Overweight
25% of Overweight Latinas Considered their Weight within Normal Range
By Stacey Rivera | 11/23/2010 - 15:04

A recent study by the University of Texas Galveston found that 25% of Latinas who are classified as overweight in medical terms see themselves as normal weight. Study author Mahbubur Rahman believes this is a symptom of the "fattening of America," meaning being overweight has become the norm for some women.


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Facebook Game Launched to Help Educate Latinos on Diabetes
Facebook Game Launched to Help Educate Latinos on Diabetes
By Mariela Rosario | 11/14/2010 - 12:00

Did you know that Latinos are twice as likely to have diabetes than our Caucasian counterparts? In fact, around 10 percent of Hispanics (two million of us) are reported to have diabetes.

To mark World Diabetes Day on November 14th, HealthSeeker Explorando tu Salud, Paso a Paso was created. Healthseeker is a Facebook application that aims to help the nearly 10 million Latino who use the social networking site by providing lifestyle and nutritional tips to manage diabetes.


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Whooping Cough
Whooping Cough Outbreak Hitting Latinos the Hardest
By Fox News Latino | 10/29/2010 - 11:26

A serious whooping cough outbreak is happening in the U.S., especially in California. Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes severe coughing spells and respiratory inflammation of the upper airways. It is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, sending bacteria airborne. Whooping cough can be tough to diagnose because early symptoms are mild and resemble a cold. In some people, this infection can lead to pneumonia and in severe cases, even death.


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