Effective Sept. 1, House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 10, passed by the 80th Texas Legislature, will expand the DSHS Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program and the Medicaid Treatment Act under HHSC. More women will have access to screening for breast and cervical cancer and qualified individuals will have access to treatment. Read more here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/bcccs/default.shtm.
Staying Well. Connected.
Legislature expands breast and cervical cancer screening program
Report of skin cancer awareness and risk behaviors among Hispanic youth
From the August 2007 issue of the Archives of Dermatology:
Salud America! – National Latino Childhood Obesity Prevention Network
According to a recent San Antonio Business Journal article, Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, states that “at least 15 percent of Latinos under age 19 are obese, heightening their risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic disease.” The Institute has recently been granted a five-year, $5.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and will direct the network called Salud America! The National Latino Childhood Obesity Prevention Network project. Its main purpose is to fight childhood obesity among Latino children in America. According to Ramirez, “many factors, from genetics to poor diet to low family income and no health insurance, contribute to the problem.” The group aims to unite and increase the number of scientists engaged in childhood obesity research among Latino children. Up to 20 pilot research projects will be developed and key findings will be shared with scientists, policymakers and the public.
Sad is Bad…
Being depressed is bad for your physical health as well as your mental health, according to a study published in the Sept. 8, 2007 issue of The Lancet. When compared with other chronic diseases, depression may well be the most disabling disease in the world. To find out more about the study, click on the following link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_54570.html
Free self-defense classes for women
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is offering a series of free self-defense classes for women, according to an article in Friday’s The Monitor. The classes, which will meet on Tuesday evenings at the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s
Academy on Cibolo Road in Edinburg will teach protective stances and striking techniques, as well as how to escape from attackers.
Upcoming day camp for children of fallen soldiers
Camp Operation Render Comfort is a free day-camp program offered by the Southwest Mental Health Center, for children and teens from across Texas who have lost a loved one in Afghanistan and Iraq. The October 6 program is sponsored by a $10,000 grant from the Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment (TRIAD) Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation and includes workshops for parents as well as activities for children and teens.
Hispanic Americans and Health Bibliography, 2007
The 2007 issue of the “Hispanic Americans and Health” bibliography series is now available and includes references to over 1000 articles culled from searches of MEDLINE, CINAHL (nursing and allied health) and PsycINFO. The bibliography includes articles added to the databases from approximately August 2006 through July 2007. The “Hispanic Americans and Health” series has been published by the UTHSCSA Libraries since 1979. The bibliography is available at http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/basics/hisbib.cfm. Older bibliographies in the series are available through this link as well.
The dengue threat
The Express-News reported this weekend that the CDC is encouraging South Texas health professionals “to become aware of the diagnosis of dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever [DHF]“, based upon a new confirmation by the CDC that at least one case from the 2005 outbreak of dengue in Brownsville was actually contracted within Brownsville itself, not in Mexico or elsewhere. The article suggests CDC epidemiologists are concerned about sharp increases in the incidence of dengue and particularly of the more serious DHF across Mexico, including in Tamaulipas, since 2000. The mosquito that spreads dengue, Aedes aegypti, lives in Texas, thus providing a possibility that the disease could move across the Mexican border and take hold in South Texas. [See also: CDC MMWR for 9 August 2007.]
Another recent Express-News article described local research in progress at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research that is working toward development of vaccines for dengue; other recent news [English | Spanish] describes a clinical trial currently underway in Puerto Rico. However, progress cannot come too soon for thousands of victims of current outbreaks in Honduras, Puerto Rico and elsewhere  .
Para los de la Tercera Edad
The Spanish language uses a unique expression of respect and appreciation to refer to seniors — it refers to them as being of “la Tercera Edad” (“the Third Age”), i.e. what follows childhood and middle-age.
Here’s something new para los de la Tercera Edad: the US National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, now offers accurate, up-to-date information on health issues affecting Hispanic seniors, online and in Spanish. The new Spanish-language content, located at http://www.nia.nih.gov/Espanol/, is designed to be user-friendly and wide-ranging, including tips on choosing a doctor and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as well as information on diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes.
Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day, September 18
September 18, 2007 is Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day. It is the day to encourage those you love to visit a health professional — or at least make an appointment to visit one. Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day encourages individuals to see a health care professional on or around September 18, 2007, or make an appointment for the near future. The focus on a single day generates greater understanding of the importance of regular health screenings while at the same time focus on those populations that tend to have the least access to health care.
Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day is nationally promoted by Closing the Health Gap, as part of the Department of Health and Human Services‘ efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and promote the goals of Healthy People 2010.