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Hispanic cardiologist leading nationwide study of investigational treatment for heart disease

MIAMI BEACH, FL –When one of Dr. Gervasio Lamas’ patients asked him about the merits of an alternative treatment for heart disease called chelation therapy, the award-winning cardiologist immediately dismissed it.

That was seven years ago. Now, Dr. Lamas is the lead researcher of the largest study ever conducted on chelation therapy (pronounced key-LAY-shun), an investigational treatment for people with heart disease. The study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, is the largest study of its kind.

After initially dismissing chelation therapy, Dr. Lamas…

College of Nursing’s Ramirez goes extra mile to recruit Hispanic students

LITTLE ROCK, AR — As the only Hispanic nurse in Arkansas with a doctorate degree, Carmen Ramirez, Ed.D., finds herself in great demand.

The distinction has led to her appointment to several campus and state boards, and task forces that promote diversity, the most recent one being commissioner for the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. Ramirez also has taken on the role of Hispanic student recruiter for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing.

Ramirez is the only Hispanic faculty member in the College of Nursing. With the support of…

NHMA to tackle health disparities, obesity and diabetes among latinos

WASHINGTON, DC — To tackle health disparities and soaring obesity and diabetes rates among Latinos, the National Hispanic Medical Association, NHMA, is partnering on an initiative with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services‚ Office of Minority Health (OMH) to develop leadership training, education and outreach programs to improve Hispanic health.

The initiative will be announced March 24 at NHMA’s 10th annual conference, “Somos Unidos: United to Eliminate Health Disparities For Hispanics.” The conference will be March 23-26 in Washington.

“Everybody…

One in three women in the U.S. suffer from cardiovascular disease

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Too few people realize that cardiovascular disease with heart disease being the main component is the number one killer of women, more than all forms of cancer and the next five leading causes of death combined. Hispanic women are most at risk group for cardiovascular disease. But the good news is that heart disease can largely be prevented. For that reason, Go Red For Women is evolving its campaign into a spirited movement encouraging women to improve their heart health while taking action to fight women’s heart disease.

Go Red For Women debuted in February…

Stamp Out Smoking Campaign Targets Arkansas Hispanics

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services’ Stamp Out Smoking campaign, supported by prominent members of the Hispanic community, announced at a rally on January 31 at Cloverdale Middle School increased efforts to get more Hispanics in Arkansas to quit smoking.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 23 percent of Hispanics in Arkansas smoke, while nine percent of Hispanic youth in the state are exposed to dangerous secondhand smoke.

Local rap educator and a Hispanic health organization joined forces…

Thalia joins March of Dimes New Year’s Resolutions for a healthy baby

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. January 9-15 is Folic Acid Awareness Week and the March of Dimes is reminding women capable of having a baby to add folic acid to their diet, before starting a family.

Together with the March of Dimes, Latin pop star Thalia is fighting to save babies from premature birth. Thalia says, ” I’m not pregnant, but I want my 9 months someday. Nine months of a healthy pregnancy is the best gift you can give your future baby.” More and more babies are born too early and those who survive may have serious health…

Folic Acid Every Day: Tips for Women

CL — Every day, women practice their own health and beauty regimens–brushing their teeth, moisturizing, exercising, eating nutritious foods–but how many women include folic acid in their daily routine? What many women don’t know is that folic acid can benefit their health in many areas. But increasing consumption of the nutrient is most known for its ability to reduce the occurrence of babies born with spina bifida.

Spina bifida, an incomplete closure of the spinal column, is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, and occurs more frequently among…

“¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fair” to provide free immunizations and blood drive

LITTLE ROCK, AR — On Saturday, August 27, 2005 sponsors and exhibitors are invited to set up booths offering free information & health screenings celebrating the Kick Off of the “National Preparedness Month” at the “¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fair.”

The 2nd Annual event will focus in providing Hispanic & Latino Families with effective preparedness and information to live a Safer and Healthier life in Arkansas. “We are expecting that hundreds of Hispanic families will gather to learn what Arkansas has to offer in health, safety, disaster and emergency, ” said…

Hispanic Women Most at Risk Group for Cardiovascular Disease

The beauty and strength of the Latina/Hispanic culture rests in the family, and the heartbeat of the family is the wife and mother. Unfortunately, heart disease and stroke are attacking that heartbeat. Through the Go Red For Women, (Por la vida, el rojo) campaign, nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Pfizer, the American Heart Association seeks to improve Hispanic women’s heart health by providing education and tools. The association’s Go Red For Women, (Por la vida, el rojo) programs and tools are found online at americanheart.org.

Go Red For Women is also sponsored in part by…

Hispanic Women Most at Risk Group for Cardiovascular Disease

The beauty and strength of the Latina/Hispanic culture rests in the family, and the heartbeat of the family is the wife and mother. Unfortunately, heart disease and stroke are attacking that heartbeat. Through the Go Red For Women, (Por la vida, el rojo) campaign, nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Pfizer, the American Heart Association seeks to improve Hispanic women’s heart health by providing education and tools. The association’s Go Red For Women, (Por la vida, el rojo) programs and tools are found online at americanheart.org.

Go Red For Women is also sponsored in part by…