Latina Staff Health Challenge: Day Two
By Dorkys Ramos | 04/14/2009 - 18:30

For 90 days, three Latina staffers will give their unhealthy lifestyles a much-needed makeover as they shape up for summer. And with the help of nutritionist Christina Persaud, these ladies are ready to get their rears in gear. Let’s meet them!

Here's the second brave staffer who rose to the challenge:


Dorkys Ramos, 27
Assistant editor
Stats: 4 feet 9, 80 pounds

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The Latina Staff Health Challenge
By Angie Romero | 04/13/2009 - 18:15

For 90 days, three Latina staffers will give their unhealthy lifestyles a much-needed makeover as they shape up for summer. And with the help of nutritionist Christina Persaud, these ladies are ready to get their rears in gear. Let’s meet them! First up?

Angie Romero, 28
Entertainment Editor
Stats: 5 feet 0, 107 pounds

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World Health Day
By Dorkys Ramos | 04/07/2009 - 15:00

We’d all like to rest easy knowing that if an emergency were to rip through our city, there would be a safe place to turn to for help. But what if you couldn’t get the help you need because the systems designed to protect you were a hot mess? Or what if the hospitals around you were all stretched beyond their capacity?

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Sneeze Control
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/10/2009 - 16:30

Depending on where you live, allergy season may seem like it never actually goes away, with sneezing and wheezing in all but a few months of the year. Although meds or allergy shots are necessary for some, here are a few natural ways to help keep the watery eyes and runny nose to a minimum:

1. Keep track of local pollen counts and, if possible, stay indoors when levels are high.

2. Pets are walking allergen carriers, so bathe Fido frequently or keep him outside.

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/24/2009 - 18:00

Lose 30 pounds in 30 minutes! Burn that fat stat! Say good-bye to those flabby thighs! With the nation’s obsession with weight loss and having the “perfect body” it’s easy to slip into an unhealthy mentality without even realizing it. The proof is in the more than 10 million females in the U.S. who are currently fighting an eating disorder. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, give your eating habits a once—or twice—over to keep yourself in check.

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HIV Positive Chilean Women Suing Country for Forced Sterilization
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/05/2009 - 14:45

A HIV-infected woman has filed an international case against Chile and petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights after being sterilized against her will. The 27-year-old Chilena—identified only as F.S.—said doctors at the state hospital where she gave birth carried out the procedure without her consent after learning that she was HIV positive.

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Sheyla Hershey Travels to Brazil for Record Breaking Breast Implants
By Mariela Rosario | 02/05/2009 - 13:15

Just when we thought we had seen it all, in comes Sheyla Hershey with her size 38KKK boobs to teach that there is no limit to what a woman will go through for huge tatas.

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The Truth About Septicemia, the Disease that Killed Model Mariana Bridi da Costa
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/27/2009 - 17:30

When 20-year-old Brazilian model Mariana Bridi da Costa died last Saturday from septicemia, we were scared. Can anyone get this disease? What are the symptoms? Better yet, what is it?

Septicemia is another name for blood poisoning and occurs when bacteria spreads into the bloodstream due to an infection. In da Costa’s case, her urinary tract infection progressed into the disease and prevented sufficient blood flow to her organs. Doctors had to amputate both arms and legs because her limbs weren’t receiving enough oxygen.

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Cervical Cancer and Latinas: How to Protect Yourself
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/22/2009 - 17:00

According to the American Cancer Society, Latinas in the U.S. are twice as likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer in comparison to non-Hispanic white women. We are also less likely to get regular checkups, making the death rate among us 50% higher than white women’s. And a new survey from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation showed that while 89% of women don’t feel they’re at risk, 80% will get HPV in their lifetime. These are scary stats for the second most common cancer among women worldwide.

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How To Get a Great Night's Sleep
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/15/2009 - 17:25

Sick of feeling like a zombie at work? Finding the right mattress is essential to getting a good night’s sleep, but with all the varieties out there the hunt can be daunting. We’re here to help! First off, learn about your sleep profile, “This is the culmination of the physical and physiological characteristics of the sleeper,” says Joel Moore, an IKEA U.S. Sales Leader for bedroom furniture and mattresses.

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