The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now has free, accurate information about different neurological disorders in Spanish. The information can be found online at http://espanol.ninds.nih.gov/. The site includes information on stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, autism, and epilepsy.
Staying Well. Connected.
NINDS site in Spanish
Diabetes Hospitalization Along the US”Mexico Border
A study published earlier this year in Preventing Chronic Disease, conducted an analysis of discharge data from hospitals in Arizona, California and Texas. Compared to residents of non-border counties, residents of border counties had significantly higher diabetes discharge rates – corroborating findings from a recent PAHO-sponsored study, noted on this blog last month.
Latinas Contra El Cancer
Latinas Contra El Cancer will be hosting a National Latino Cancer Summit at the UCSF-Conference Center at Mission Bay July 30-Aug 1, 2008. The conference will convene clinical researchers, health policy experts, community activist and cancer survivors. Conference organizers seek to bring attention to the issue of cancer and cancer care disparities among the Latinos in the United States in this first of the kind conference. For more information and submitting abstracts go to http://www.latinascontracancer.org/
Valley Doula Program to support mother & baby health
Yesterday’s Valley Morning Star featured an article on doulas — trained childbirth educators/supporters — and a new Rio Grande Valley pilot program funded by an HHS grant that will offer free doula services to 100 women who are patients at the region’s community health centers, including Su Clinica Familiar in Harlingen and Nuestra Clinica del Valle in Pharr. The goal of the program is to measure the impact of doula involvement specifically on new mothers’ mental health and wellbeing; however, the article mentions some studies that have shown positive correlation between doula involvement (also called “continuous labor support” in the literature) and physical outcomes such as higher rates of breastfeeding intent and early introduction, reduced rates of c-sections in some first-time mothers, and reduced use of obstetric pain relief interventions. The two studies mentioned in the Valley Morning Star article are:
- Mottl-Santiago J, Walker C, Ewan J, Vragovic O, Winder S, Stubblefield P. A Hospital-Based Doula Program and Childbirth Outcomes in an Urban, Multicultural Setting. Matern Child Health J [forthcoming]. doi:10.1007/s10995-007-0245-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-007-0245-9
- Leeman L, Fontaine P, King V, Klein MC, Ratcliffe S. The Nature and Management of Labor Pain: Part I. Nonpharmacologic Pain Relief. Am Fam Physician 2003 Sep 15;68(6):1109-12. http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030915/1109.html [Open Access]
Two additional citations from the second article above give further insight into the research on doula intervention:
- Simkin PP, O’Hara M. Nonpharmacologic relief of pain during labor: systematic reviews of five methods. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002;186(Suppl 5):S131-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0002-9378(02)70188-9
- Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art No: CD003766. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub2
Undocumented Hispanics Less Likely to Use US Health Care Services
This brief article from HealthDay (via MedlinePlus Health News) summarizes the findings of a recent study that analyzed four specific subsets of data from the 2003 California Health Interview Survey to identify patterns in the healthcare choices and experiences of California Hispanics — patterns which are very much worth our attention here in South Texas.
The study, entitled “Health Care Access, Use of Services, and Experiences Among Undocumented Mexicans and Other Latinos,” analyzed responses from four specific subsets of the 42,000+ respondents to the 2003 CHIS: 1,317 undocumented Mexicans, 2,851 US-born Mexicans, 271 undocumented Hispanics from countries other than Mexico, and 852 US-born Hispanics from non-Mexican heritage. Results found that…
undocumented Mexicans had 1.6 fewer physician visits compared with US-born Mexicans; other undocumented Latinos had 2.1 fewer visits compared with their US-born counterparts. Both undocumented groups were less likely to report difficulty obtaining necessary health care than US-born Mexicans and other US-born Latinos. Undocumented Mexicans were less likely to have a usual source of care and were more likely to report negative experiences than US-born Mexicans. Findings were similar for other undocumented Latinos, with the exception of having a usual source of care. Patterns of access to and use of health care services tended to improve with changing legal status.
Here’s the citation for the complete study:
Ortega AN, Fang H, Perez VH, Rizzo JA, Carter-Pokras O, Wallace SP, Gelberg, L. Health Care Access, Use of Services, and Experiences Among Undocumented Mexicans and Other Latinos. Arch Intern Med 2007;167(21):2354-2360. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/167/21/2354
Webcast: Legislative Efforts to Address Health Disparities
On Friday, December 14, at 8am CT the Kaiser Family Foundation will broadcast a webcast covering legislative efforts related to health disparities. The UT Health Science Center Libraries will host a viewing of the webcast at the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, room 2C. Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher will be among the speakers. Join us – coffee will be served.
Depression More Deadly for Diabetics
Recently posted information in the New York Times appears to show that treating older patients who suffer from diabetes as well as depression, can live longer when both health issues are addressed.
The five-year study, involving approximately 600 patients suffering from depression, also included 123 individuals with a history of diabetes. Split into two groups, one was treated by primary care doctors and the other group received more focused treatment under the direction of a depression case manager. The results showed the treatment for depression did not influence the death rates among the non-diabetic patients, but it did make a considerable difference in those patients with diabetes. The group who worked with the case manager was half as likely to die as those who received the less specialized care.
An article on the randomized controlled trial appears in the December 2007 issue of Diabetes Care.
State of Texas Launches New Disaster Planning and Preparedness Website
The Texas Department of State Health Services has launched a new Website, “Ready or Not? Have a Plan,” designed to help Texans prepare for emergencies such as hurricanes, wildfires, terrorist attacks, and disease outbreaks. As part of the awareness campaign, the State of Texas encourages businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and others to co-brand, distribute and display these materials by providing prepared campaign materials.
New Birth Rate Statistics Available
“San Antonio-based Villa-Mex Imports Inc. is asking customers to discard the dark brown syrup sold as ‘Barrilito’ — named for its little glass barrels with bright yellow labels. The candy was sold by retailers statewide. Recent laboratory tests showed lead levels above the 0.1 parts per million allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Texas Department of State Health Services said. Tested samples ranged from 0.101 to 0.132 parts per million.” (KSAT/Associated Press)
In August the California Department of Public Health issued a warning about this candy and another product sold as “Miguelito.”