Category: HEALTH

Colombian singer-songwriter Soraya left legacy to bring breast cancer awareness

MIAMI, FL – – Latin GrammyAward-winner Soraya, who battled breast cancer and the cultural barriers to breast cancer awareness in the Latina community until her death in 2006 has left, as her final words, a powerful memoir to inspire anyone coping with the disease.

Soraya: A Life of Music, a Legacy of Hope, was written primarily as a life-saving message to Latinas and all women of color, who are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Soraya’s memoir chronicles the devastating toll breast cancer took on the beloved women in her family, including her mother, as well as…

Jenny Morales still on critical need of kidney transplant

SHERWOOD, AR — Jenny Morales, 17, was diagnosed with Jenny Morales, at age 14. Her kidneys are too small for her body and the doctors have recommended a transplant to save her life.

The Hispanic Fellowship Christian Center offered a community concert with the sisters CRYSTAL & WENDY Ríos del El Paso, Texas to Jenny’s benefit Saturday, August 25 at 7:00pm. The famous Sisters Ríos donated their concert.

The cost of Jenny’s surgery is approximately $250,000.00.

Maura Lozano-Yancy, publisher of ¡Hola! Arkansas is asking and encourage anyone interested in supporting…

Governor Beebe promotes affordable health care for small business

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Governor Mike Beebe will make visits throughout Arkansas this summer to promote ARHealthNet, an Arkansas program that provides health-care insurance to small-business employees who aren’t covered by private or state plans. Small businesses with at least two full-time employees may qualify for ARHealthNet if they, have not offered insurance coverage for at least 12 months; agree to cover all eligible uninsured employees; and have at least one enrolled employee who meets income qualifications.

“While we work to find new ways to make health care more accessible to…

Free resources to prevent drug abuse among students

Summer vacation is coming to a close, and students will be preparing for class before you know it. So why not add a little learning to school shopping and last minute social activities? Now, students can learn about the science behind drug abuse—and teachers can get an early start on fall lesson planning—with several newly released Spanish-language publications from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has created a health education campaign to keep students, parents, and educators in the loop all year long. Now in its…

Chicago Bears football star Roberto Garza supports bilingual diabetes education campaign

CHICAGO, IL — “Check Your Feet!” That’s the important advice millions of Americans with diabetes are about to get in television, radio, and print public service announcements (PSAs) created by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The PSAs, featuring Roberto Garza, starting lineman for the Chicago Bears, will be distributed in English and Spanish, starting today in markets across the country.

Up to 85% of the 82,000 amputations associated with diabetes in the U.S. each…

AUTO: Did You Know?

Though many people might grumble about safety-belt laws, the laws appear to be working as the percentage of vehicle passengers buckling up continues to rise, according to the United States Department of Transportation.

In 2006, the state with the lowest safety-belt use was Mississippi, where only 60.8 percent of vehicle passengers wore safety belts. On the other hand, Hawaii is leading the way, with better than 95 percent buckling up.

Arkansas Red Cross blood supply low, urges donations

LITTLE ROCK, AR –Summer in Arkansas is when many people spend time outdoors, boating on the state’s many lakes, vacationing in scenic state parks, playing sports and gardening. It is during this busy time that accidents often occur, many requiring life-saving blood transfusions.

The need for blood increases in the summer, and traditionally, American Red Cross blood supplies fall to low levels this time of the year. That is why it is vitally important for people to donate blood to the American Red Cross.

In fact, one unit of a person’s blood can help save up to three…

Latin stars join St Jude’s in the fight against childhood cancer

MIAMI, FL — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the world’s premier pediatric cancer research center, celebrated its fifth annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars at The Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami. Model and television personality Daisy Fuentes served as the celebrity chair for the fifth consecutive year.

The gala featured live performances by legendary singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner José Feliciano, pop singer and multi-platinum recording artist who is now releasing his first ranchero-regional Mexican album Cristian Castro, Grammy Award winning…

Arkansas’ Former Governor Mike Huckabee’s Book now available in Spanish

MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO — Most people don’t stop bad habits until they have had a serious health scare. Such was the case for presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2002. After his personal success at shedding 100-plus pounds, he has found a platform to share his secrets to creating better health habits in “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.”

Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, today announced the availability of 35,000 Spanish-translated copies of this best-selling book, which can…

Programs help uninsured Americans stay healthy

Ivette Aponte is one of over 14 million Latinos in the United States who is not covered by medical insurance. Even though Ivette holds two part-time jobs, she and her family are uninsured because her employers do not offer insurance. Without insurance, Ivette found that she could not afford medicines her doctor prescribed for her medical conditions.

But two years ago, Ivette decided to find help getting the prescriptions she needs. “My medicines help me manage my conditions and keep going to work, which is critical because I am a single mother,” says Ivette.

Every year,…