Health

 
Komen Agrees to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood And Supporting Latinas
By Sugey Palomares | 02/03/2012 - 12:27

Despite recent reports that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation would cut funding and preventive care for the non-profit family-planning organization Planned Parenthood, the foundation has decided to reverse its decision. “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities," said the group.


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World AIDS Day 2011: Living with HIV
World AIDS Day 2011: Living with HIV
By Maria Mejia | 12/01/2011 - 13:50

I got HIV at the age of 16 from my first boyfriend, who went by his gang name, Flyskee. Although I grew up with a wonderful mother, I was emotionally abused by my father and sexually abused by an uncle, which caused me to run away by the time I was 13. It was then that I met Flyskee. He became my family. At the time, I didn’t know that he was an IV drug user—but I also never thought HIV could happen to me. Back then, so many of us thought it was a homosexual
disease that only affected men.


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World AIDS Day 2011: Only 28% of HIV+ Have Disease In Control
World AIDS Day 2011: Only 28% of HIV+ Have Disease In Control
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/01/2011 - 11:22

As World AIDS Day is observed globally today, the question is more important than ever: Have you been tested?

That’s because most people infected with HIV do not have the disease under control, according to a new Center for Disease Control report released this week. Only 28 percent of those that have HIV are virally suppressed, the report, titled Vital Signs: HIV Prevention Through Care and Treatment reveals.


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How To Avoid A Holiday Hangover
How To Avoid A Holiday Hangover
By Dorkys Ramos | 11/24/2011 - 12:00

’Tis the season to drink our faces off, but the trade-off for being smaller (and cuter) than men is that we dehydrate faster and are therefore more susceptible to hangovers. No worries. We’ve got tips that will keep you out of the fetal position, plus what to do if it’s too late.

Prevent


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I Had Cancer
Latina Starts a Social Media Revolution for Cancer Survivors
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/28/2011 - 13:30

You turn to Facebook to share your smallest every day thoughts and crazy night out pictures, but if you have been touched by cancer, whether you are a patient or survivor or have a family member or friend who is, there is now essentially a Facebook for cancer, IHadCancer.com, where you can share your experience and connect with others in worldwide network of support.


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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 10 Latinas Send Messages to Loved Ones
10 Latinas Send Messages to Loved Ones with Breast Cancer
By Amaris Castillo | 10/13/2011 - 12:11

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Latina readers on our Facebook page to send a message to a loved one who is suffering or has suffered from breast cancer. The outpouring of stories was remarkably touching – we appreciate those who responded.

What to Watch for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: "Five"


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Pregnant
Immigrant Woman Forced to Give Birth While Shackled
By Latino Voices | 09/21/2011 - 14:15

"When I was in bed, I was begging the sheriff, 'Please let me free— at least one hand,' and he said, no, he didn't want to," Juana Villegas said in an interview with a local Nashville television station. She was describing the experience of being shackled to her hospital bed as she went into labor. Villegas gave birth in the sheriff's custody, after she was stopped by local police while driving without a valid license.


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Beyond the Baby Blues: Latina Moms & Postpartum Depression
Beyond the Baby Blues: Latina Moms & Postpartum Depression
By Grace Bastidas | 08/30/2011 - 09:00

Milestone birthdays are usually accompanied with mixed feelings, and for Thalía, who just turned 40, the mood is one of sadness.

“I have never faced such a difficult week in my life,” the Mexican singer tweeted on Monday. “On the 25th, my son Matthew is two months old, the 26th is my birthday and on the 27th, it will be three months since my mother passed away. I am convinced that these are challenges that life puts out to strengthen our souls.”


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Revenge
Does Getting Revenge Provide Relief?
By Grace Bastidas | 08/26/2011 - 14:02

“Revenge is beautiful” is the tagline for Colombiana, a new action-adventure flick starring Zoe Saldana as a young woman out to get even after witnessing the murder of her parents at a young age. Trained as a master assassin, she will not rest until she annihilates the drug dealers that killed her folks.


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Got 15 minutes?
15 Mins of Exercise a Day Helps You Live Longer, New Study Says
By Grace Bastidas | 08/19/2011 - 09:43

A new survey out of Taiwan has found that just 15 minutes of exercise a day can help you live longer.

The research, published in the Lancet, studied 400,000 people over 12 years and concluded that those that engaged in moderate exercise for 15 minutes a day, lived three years longer, and reduced their mortality by 14%.


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