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 Latinos urged to reduce historical health disparity
Latinos urged to reduce historical health disparity
Just one month before the end of the sign-up period in the health insurance market for 2015, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, urged Latinos to register and thus reduce the health "disparity" that historically has faced the group. "As one of the fast growing communities in the nation, Latinos' health is vital to the overall well-being of our country," said Burwell, who along with Hispanic leaders launched the "Latino Action Week" to encourage members o....

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 Influenza activity is elevated nationwide 



 Influenza activity is elevated nationwide
In most U.S. states reported an influenza widespread activity, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses most common. H3N2-predominant flu seasons have been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in older people and young children in the past. In addition, approximately two-thirds of H3N2 viruses that have been tested at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are antigenically or genetically different from the H3N2 vaccine virus. This difference suggests that vaccine effectivene....

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 Detox, nourish and exercise your body, every day!

Detox, nourish and exercise your body, every day!
Detoxification helps to keep the body in an optimal state of health. But because of its profound effects in the body, it is always advisable to practice it under the supervision of a health professional, especially if you have any serious illness or if you are taking medications. After a detoxification program or to simply follow a healthier lifestyle, here are some tips to cleanse, nourish and exercise the body, every day. 1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-g....

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 Consulate of Mexico offers flu vaccines for free



Consulate of Mexico offers flu vaccines for free
December 7-13th is National Influenza Vaccination Week. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet, now is the time! For this reason, the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock offers its Ventanilla de Salud program that includes flu vaccine promotion events. The program is being offered December 5, 8, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. occasionally there will be nasal vaccine in spray. That is intended to reach of local Latinos/Hispanics with the important message of develop....

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 Celebrate the Holidays watching your health… and your Celebrate the Holidays watching your health… and your Smile!
This the season for holiday feasts, but making smart food choices and stepping up your oral hygiene routine can help you have a healthy, holiday season and a fresh, bright smile. Oral health is a growing concern for American adults. For adults over 30, over 47 percent have serious gum problems, with almost 1 in 10 (8.5 percent) living with the most severe form of gum disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop se....

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 What do you know about WIC?   
What do you know about WIC?
What is WIC? The Arkansas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy foods, referrals and other services to individuals who qualify. Who qualifies for WIC? You can participate in the Arkansas WIC Program if you: Are an infant, child under 5, or a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman. Live in Arkansas. There is no waiting period to meet the residency requirement. Mee....

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 2015 Open Enrollment: Apply today for insurance coverage  
 2015 Open Enrollment: Apply today for insurance coverage
No one should have to choose between providing food for the family and putting off a doctor’s visit. No one should have to cut back on medications because they cannot afford their monthly prescriptions, but every day, hundreds of Arkansans do just that because they do not have health insurance coverage to help with medical costs. According to the Kaiser study found that people with health insurance are generally healthier than their uninsured peers. The study precedes the second open enro....

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 AMHC announces up to $2,000 in funding for health events
AMHC announces up to $2,000 in funding for health events
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission recognizes that improving minority health in Arkansas and the nation requires collaboration across many organizations. The Commission’s intent is to cooperate with community-based organizations, schools, faith based organizations and others to address the health problems that effect minorities in Arkansas. To help develop new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent disease in communities, the Commission is offering up to $2,000 per ....

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Hispanic more at risk of getting gestational diabetes
Did you know that certain groups of people, including Hispanic and Latino Americans, are more at risk of getting diabetes and gestational diabetes? What is diabetes and gestational diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that causes blood sugar levels to be too high. Over time high blood sugar levels can hurt many parts of your body, such as your skin, kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and feet. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Like other types of diabetes,....
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Baby wearing: Find your style!
Have you noticed a mom or dad “wearing” their baby? Baby wearing is the custom of carrying your baby close to your body using some type of cloth “wrap” or “sling”. This custom has been a part of the world for ages! Slings and wraps only became more popular in the United States in the last ten years. The wide variety of styles and colors is new. There is no wonder baby wearing stays in style. Caregivers and babies both love baby wearing. Starla, a baby wearing new mom that works with the ....
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Breast cancer common between Hispanic women
Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates for Hispanic and Latina women are lower rates of breast cancer and breast cancer death than for non-Hispanic white women and African-American women. However, breast cancer is still the most common cancer among Hispanic/Latina women. Breast cancer screening in these women is just as important as it is for African-American and Caucasian women. In 2012 the most recent data available, among Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S., estimated that 17,100....
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How to prevent Breast Cancer
Among Hispanic and Latina women, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. They are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and more likely to have aggressive cancers. Regular screening mammograms can find cancer early and save your life. Finding it early means you may have more treatment options. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast. It can be done in a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic. Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurance will pay for mammograms....
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WIC participant’s rights and responsibilities
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy foods, referrals and other services to individuals who qualify. In Arkansas, almost 80,000 program participants received benefits each month. As part of the qualification process for the Program and before any benefits can be issued, the Participants Rights and Responsibilities must be read by or to the participant, or guardian of a child or inf....
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What is the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
October is SIDS Awareness Month. Most of us have heard of SIDS but we all still have questions about it. What is SIDS? What causes SIDS? How can I prevent or reduce my baby’s risk of SIDS? The following information should help answer some of these common questions. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is the sudden death of a baby less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained by a health condition or injury. About 2,000 babies die each year from SIDS and it is the leading c....
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First case of virus D68 confirmed in Arkansas
KATV Channel 7 Little Rock, AR The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received confirmation through laboratory testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first case of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causing respiratory illness in Arkansas. The patient is a child located in the northern part of the state, according to the ADH. The state also has about a dozen additional samples being tested by the Centers for Disease Control. The virus has infected hundr....
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