Category: HEALTH

It’s not just bad behavior: ADD in the latino community

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) affects between four to 12 percent of children in the United States—it’s one of the most common disorders among children in the United States. Those who are affected by ADD often have a hard time focusing in school, are easily distracted, and may be hyperactive or impulsive. ADD can affect people of all ethnicities, and many Latino families struggle with the disorder.

According to a 2005 study, there is often a stigma around psychiatric disorders in the Latino community. Mental health problems can be difficult for any family, and Latino parents…

Pizza Hut(R) announces spanish online ordering

Dallas, TX– Pizza Hut, America’s Favorite Pizza, announced today that it has developed Spanish online ordering capabilities. Customers can conveniently place their orders online by visiting the Pizza Hut Spanish language website at or by visiting the website and clicking on “EN ESPANOL”.

“The Hispanic market is very important to Pizza Hut,” said Betty Crowe, Hispanic marketing manager for Pizza Hut. “We first offered a Spanish website in 2005 and now we are pleased to expand the site with online ordering capabilities.” …

Program offers support to Spanish-speaking patients who suffer from depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects roughly eight million Hispanics, who are significantly more likely to be chronically depressed than non-Hispanics, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Further, a Surgeon General’s report on mental health suggests Hispanics may not be receiving adequate treatment.

Patient education and support are important components of treatment of patients with depression. However, Hispanic patients may face language barriers in communicating with non-Spanish-speaking caregivers and understanding…

“¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fair” to provide free health screenings, free rides and a blood drive

LITTLE ROCK, AR — On Saturday, Septemeber 23, 2006 sponsors and exhibitors will be offering free health screenings, free rides, free soft drinks and water and information celebrating the “National Preparedness Month” at the 3rd annual of the “¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fair” at the River Market in downtown Little Rock from 10 am to 4pm.

The 3rd Annual event will focus in providing Hispanic and 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…

The myths and realities of tobacco use

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Hispanics, according to a 1998 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body – not only the lungs – but also the brain, kidneys, eyes, bladder and heart. With coronary heart disease as the leading cause of death among Hispanics living in the U.S., it is clear that tobacco use is an important risk factor.

There are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes, according to the National Cancer Institute. Of these, 60 are proven to cause cancer. Many of these chemicals are poisonous…

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.


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…