The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has “released findings from a national survey of Hispanic and non-Hispanic parents investigating potential barriers to diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, as well as parents’ awareness and perception of ADHD treatment.” The information can be found under the Alliance News section of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health site.
New ADHD Research
New CDC report on HIV infection in Hispanics
A new report from the CDC is especially relevant on this National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. According to author Dr. Ken Dominguez, “The rate of HIV diagnosis for Hispanic males is about three times higher than the rate among white males. And for Hispanic females, it’s about five times higher than among white females.”
Among Hispanics with HIV, the means of infection varies widely. Much of the variation actually depends on where they were born: Mexican-born Hispanic injection-drug users were less knowledgeable about HIV and AIDS than their US-born counterparts, and Mexican-born men were more likely to be infected through male-to-male sexual contact. These and other findings can help focus prevention efforts in the right areas for specific populations.
New Issue of Salud
The fall issue of the bilingual NIH MedlinePlus Salud magazine is now available. One of the articles in this issue is a profile of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 8.
New Media Tools and HIV/AIDS Education
In recognition of World AIDS Day December 1st…
The CDC estimates that although Latinos represent only 15% of the U.S. population, they make up 17% of new HIV infections. “An HIV/AIDS among Latinos/Hispanics” tip sheet is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/hispanics/resources/factsheets/hispanic.htm
New technologies are being utilized by health professionals to reach the community with HIV information. A federal blog launched in 2006 serves as a gateway for information on using new media- podcasts, blogs, wikis- in response to HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this blog is to help improve prevention, treatment and research by providing a public forum. Blog posts include information about reaching the Latino population and creating culturally appropriate health education material.
This blog is maintained by AIDS.gov, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site dedicated to providing federal HIV/AIDS information. To read the blog, visit:
New NIH Cookbook Encourages Families to Eat Healthfully
Keep the Beat ™ Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals is the new family cookbook from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. The cookbook features more than 40 kid-tested recipes and a variety of healthy entrees, side dishes, and snacks that parents and children can enjoy together. The free cookbook also offers time-saving tips and helpful resources for busy families.
The recipes in the cookbook were designed and created for the NHLBI by David Kamen, a professor in Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America, trained chef/instructor, and father of two. All of the recipes are based on heart-healthy principles from the NHLBI, include nutrition analysis, reflect the principles of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and provide guidance for preparing meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, and added sugars. The recipes also adhere to the NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which supports an overall healthy eating plan.
The cookbook as well as individual recipes are available for free on the Keep the Beat: Deliciously Healthy Eating website, and hard copies can be ordered through the NHLBI Health Information Center. The site also features a searchable database, family resources, healthy shopping and cooking tips, videos, and information for the media. Visitors are also invited to engage in an online community through the Keep the Beat Facebook page, which contains information about upcoming events and cookbook highlights. Log on at <http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/healthyeating> or contact the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573 for more information.
Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals was developed in collaboration with the NIH’s We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) program. We Can! is a national education program supported by four NIH institutes and led by the NHLBI. The program is designed to provide parents, caregivers, and entire communities with strategies, tactics, and tools to help children stay at a healthy weight by eating healthfully, being active, and reducing screen time. The cookbook can be used by the We Can! community sites as they implement programs for both parents and youth.
New Pew Research Report Finds 80% of Internet Users Seek Health Information
A report based on telephone interviews from August 9th to September 13th, 2010, finds that 80% of the 3,001 adults over 18 who were interviewed use the Internet to find health information. As stated by the report, “Symptoms and treatments continue to dominate internet users’ health searches, but food safety, drug safety, and pregnancy information are among eight new topics included in the current survey.”
- 66% of internet users look online for information about a specific disease or medical problem (perennially in the top spot).
- 56% of internet users look online for information about a certain medical treatment or procedure.
- 44% of internet users look online for information about doctors or other health professionals.
- 36% of internet users look online for information about hospitals or other medical facilities.
- 33% of internet users look online for information related to health insurance, including private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
- 22% of internet users look online for information about environmental health hazards.
New Report – Rural Children’s Dental Health and Access to Care
“The majority of parents in the United States reported that their child had received a preventive dental visit during the past year (72.2%)… Across rural children, Hispanic children were least likely to have had a preventive dental visit (58.0%), followed by black (64.7%), other race/ethnicity (67.6%), and white (73.0%).”
(Thanks to Siobhan Champ-Blackwell for announcing this on her blog, Bringing Health Information to the Community)
New Report from Pew Hispanic Center
[Re-posting content from 13 Aug 2008]
The Pew Hispanic Center released a report entitled “Hispanics and Health Care in the United States: Access, Information and Knowledge.” The report’s executive summary follows:
“More than one-fourth of Hispanic adults in the U.S. lack a usual health care provider, and a similar proportion report obtaining no health care information from medical personnel in the past year. At the same time, more than eight in ten report receiving health information from media sources, such as television and radio, according to a Pew Hispanic Center survey of Latino adults, conducted in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
“Previous research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that Hispanics are about twice as likely as non-Hispanic blacks and three times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to lack a regular health care provider. Hispanics are a diverse community, and the 2007 Latino Health Survey explores not only their access to health care, but also their sources of health information and their knowledge about a key disease (diabetes) at greater depth and breadth than any national survey done to date by another research organization or the federal government.
“It finds that among Hispanic adults, the groups least likely to have a usual health care provider are men, the young, the less educated and those with no health insurance. A similar demographic pattern applies to the non-Hispanic adult population that lacks a regular health care provider. The new survey also finds that foreign-born and less-assimilated Latinos–those who mainly speak Spanish, who lack U.S. citizenship, or who have had only short tenures in the United States–are less likely than other Latinos to report that they have a usual place to go for medical treatment or advice.
“Nevertheless, a significant share of Hispanics with no usual place to go for medical care are high school graduates (50%), born in the United States (30%) and have health insurance (45%). Indeed, the primary reason that respondents give for lacking a regular health care provider is not related to the cost of health care or assimilation. Rather, when asked why they lack a usual provider, a plurality (41%) of respondents say the principal reason is that they are seldom sick.
“As for sources of health information, about seven in ten Latinos (71%) report that they received information from a doctor in the past year. An equal proportion report obtaining health information through their social networks, including family, friends, church groups and community groups. An even larger number–83%–report that they obtained health information from some branch of the media, with television being the dominant source.
“Not only are most Latinos obtaining information from media sources, but a sizeable proportion–79%–say they are acting on this information. It is beyond the scope of this report to assess the accuracy and usefulness of health information obtained from non-medical sources. But the survey findings clearly demonstrate the power and potential of these alternative outlets to disseminate health information to the disparate segments of the Latino population.
“Regarding the quality of the health care they receive, Latinos are generally pleased, according to the survey. Among Latinos who have received health care in the past year, 77% rate that care as good or excellent. However, almost one-in-four who received health care in the past five years report having received poor quality medical treatment. Those who believe that the quality of their medical care was poor attribute it to their financial limitations (31%), their race or ethnicity (29%) or, the way they speak English or their accent (23%).
“These findings are from a bilingual telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 4,013 Hispanic adults conducted from July 16, 2007 through September 23, 2007. The survey’s margin of error is +/- 1.83 at the 95% confidence level.”
New Report Highlights Border Diabetes Issues
The Pan American Journal of Public Health recently published a special edition reporting on issues of diabetes along the U.S. Mexico Border. This special issue reports the results of the U.S.-Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project, a binational research effort coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with the CDC, the ministry of health of Mexico, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, and the California Endowment.
Findings based on data collected between 2001 and 2002 in 16 U.S. counties and 28 Mexican municipalities show that 70% of persons with diabetes on the border are overweight or obese, and only 30% participate in regular physical activity. The studies also found that people of Mexican descent on both sides of the border are more likely to have diabetes but to be unaware of it, putting them at additional risk for diabetes complications as well as heart disease and stroke. Other key findings include the following facts: diabetes is inversely related to education and socioeconomic levels; nearly 48% of people with diabetes also have high blood pressure, but only 1 in 4 is receiving treatment; more than 60% of people diagnosed with diabetes have at least one other family member with the disease; and obesity appears to be a key factor in the high rate of diabetes in the border area.
The border diabetes project is considered the first research effort to view the border as a single epidemiological unit, with researchers noting that counties and municipalities on both sides of the border have more in common with one another than they do with their respective countries.
Additional information about the project is available at http://www.paho.org/fep/diabetes.
New Report of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in US Children
A study published earlier this month in Pediatrics highlights disparities in medical and oral health among children in the United States.
“Certain disparities are particularly marked for specific minority groups, and appreciation of these noteworthy disparities may be useful for clinicians, health systems, and policy makers addressing the needs of diverse populations. More than one third of Latino children had suboptimal (not excellent or very good) health status, and more than one half had suboptimal condition of the teeth, the highest proportions of any group, and Latino children had approximately double the adjusted odds of white children of suboptimal health status and teeth condition. As has been documented in several other studies over 3 decades, Latino children had the highest prevalence of being uninsured, at 21%, and double the adjusted odds of uninsurance compared with white children. Approximately one third of Latino children had no usual source of medical care and one-third encountered a problem getting specialty care, and Latino children had significantly greater adjusted odds than white children of no usual source of medical care, not getting all of their needed prescription medications, and having problems getting specialty care.”