Las migrañas

Según la National Headache Association casi 30 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos, sufren de dolores de cabeza por migraña. También dicen que las migrañas son tres veces más común en la mujer que en el hombre. Las mujeres son más propensas a tener dolores de cabeza por hormonas que son sensibles, como la menopausia y el embarazo.

Expertos dicen saber lo que causa las migrañas es un factor clave para ayudar a controlar las migrañas. Dormir más y reducir al mínimo el estrés puede ayudar a los enfermos de migraña.

New Study: Hispanics in U.S. live longer than Whites, Blacks

This new study that shows Hispanics have the highest life expectancy in the U.S. comes as a bit of a surprise — especially when you consider the dangerously delicious cuisine we consume — because on average the Hispanic population has lower socioeconomic status than the non-Hispanic white population, as Elizabeth Arias, the lead researcher of this study says — the “Hispanic paradox” as they’ve fittingly named it.

The study shows that life expectancy for Hispanics is 80.6. Life expectancy is 78.1 for Non-Hispanic whites and 72.9 for non-Hispanic blacks. Overall, the life expectancy at birth for all Americans is 77.7.

A print graphic showing life expectancies in the U.S. for hispanics, blacks and whites. P. Prengaman / AP

The study, which appears in the October issue of Vital and Health Statistics, marks the  first time that this longevity information has included reliable statistics for Hispanics living in the U.S. For this particular study, researchers analyzed 2006 data from death certificates in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories.

Hispanic males’ life expectancy at birth is 77.9, but their life expectancy once they reach the age of 65 is 84. Hispanic women’s life expectancy at birth is 83.1 years, and this number reaches 86.7 if they live to 65, the study shows — very ripe ages, as many would say. But possibly the bigger question here would be:

Why do Hispanics live longer?

Some medical experts claim that this phenomenon is due to the “immigrant factor.” About 39 percent of the 45 million Hispanics are immigrants. Moving from one country to another takes some effort and fitness. So the United States may be attracting relatively healthier people from Mexico, the largest source of Hispanic immigrants, and other countries, according to NPR via AP.

Other factors that account for the paradox? Arias (of the National Center for Health Statistics), speculated that the longer life expectancy might also have to do with cultural factors, including close social and family networks and low rates of smoking.

Will this “achievement” be maintained?

What happens when that immigrant hardiness diminishes? Which possibly can occur after a couple of generations of their living here. Many believe that since the children of immigrants take up smoking, fast-food diets and other habits, they could wreck the health of other ethnic populations.

I suppose only time will tell.

The struggle continues for the rescued Chilean miners


"A relative of Mario Gomez, one of the 33 miners trapped in a deep underground copper and gold mine, holds up a letter written by Gomez outside the mine at Copiapo, 725 km (450 miles) north of Santiago Aug. 23, 2010. The 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground sent a message to the surface tied to a drill on Sunday, saying they were all alive, in their first contact since a cave-in 17 days ago." Reuters/Ivan Alvarado


Without a doubt, much has been written about the 33 strong, brave miners, their predicament, and of course, their health.

One by one, the miners, who have been trapped in a gold and copper mine, began to be lifted out of the darkness they have called home since the beginning of August, this Tuesday night.

Considering how they’ve spent their time in immense darkness, their ascent to out of the earth can very much pose a risk to miners if they are re-introduced to sunlight abruptly. Or they could encounter dizziness, panic or minor cardiac issues while being inside the rescue capsule as it spins to the surface.

Dr. Antonios Zikos, the medical director of neuro-intensive care at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh who has treated mining disaster survivors, says that these miners who have been trapped have experienced a variety of unhealthy conditions below ground, such as:

•The additional force of gravity may have affected their circulatory system and immune function.

•Being confined in a small space, without the opportunity to exercise normally, could also cause blood clots and muscle loss.

•Exposure to underground gases, such as carbon monoxide, could also cause cognitive problems, such as memory loss or problems performing basic tasks.

The plan is to rush 33 trapped miners to a hospital in Copiapo, the nearest town, as they ascend from the earth from the capsule. *Read: Chilean hospital prepares for the arrival of 33 trapped miners*

Also noted is the mental health of the miners ,which have been a major concern for Chilean authorities — since once they are extracted, they will have to deal with a certain level of celebrity status.

Dr. Michael Duncan, the deputy chief medical officer at Johnson Space Center, put the grave situation in perspective with this very true statement, “The work is just beginning when the miners get out of the mine.”

Prostate Cancer/Cancer de la Prostata


  Anoche transmitimos un programa especial de los latinos y el cancer de la prostata en la radio KPFK, nos acompanaron un doctor de la asociacion americana del cancer   y un sobreviviente de cancer de la prostata. El proposito principal del programa era el de informar a la comunidad sobre este tema que muchos hombres no quieren tocar.

hacerse el examen de la prostata es un paso que muchos hombres hispanos no quieren dar debido al machismo,ignorancia,falta de informacion y otras creencias. muchos se niegan soberanamente a hacerselo aun cuando estan concientes de que es sumamente importante y que esto puede salvar sus vidas.

creo que ya es hora de que dejemos atras esos mitos, creencias,tabus y seamos responsables de nuestra propia salud!!

es facil quejarse de las cosas malas que nos aquejan sin embargo, en nuestras manos estan las soluciones.

Muchos hombres latinos piensan que es mas facil para las mujeres hacerse el examen del papanicolao o dar a luz a una criatura sin ponerse a pensar lo mucho que se sufre.

No es un tema de quien siente mas dolor o a quien se le hace mas facil ir al doctor,el tema aqui es responsabilidad!

necesitamos practicar una cultura de prevencion y si continuamos con esas actitudes infantiles no lo lograremos. hagamos nuestra parte y busquemos un punto de union en lugar de competir.



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