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Speaking Spanish may be key to recruiting more Hispanics for stroke studies

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For years, many U.S. Hispanics have been excluded from treatment studies because they don’t speak English. So a handful of Southern California researchers got creative when recruiting patients for a recent project.

Would having Spanish-speaking staff and Spanish-language materials result in significantly more Hispanic […]

Mexican-Americans may get less intense stroke rehab

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Life after a stroke can be marred by significant impairments, with survivors having to relearn how to speak, walk or carry out day-to-day activities such as cooking and getting dressed. That’s why stroke rehabilitation is recommended to aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of […]

For Hispanic and Latino smokers, quitting is about family and culture

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Beatrice smoked her first cigarette when she was 7 years old. By 13, she was a regular smoker.

The mother of two quit smoking in her late 30s, inspired by her sons.

“When my son was 11, he wrote me a letter and in it […]

Blacks, Hispanics less likely to control high blood pressure

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Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to control their high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at data of 8,796 adults with high blood pressure in the 2003-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were considered to have high blood […]

Making headway in recruiting Hispanics for clinical trials

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It’s no surprise to Gabriel S. Galindo that many Hispanics and Latinos in the United States are reluctant to sign up for medical research trials. It’s hard enough getting them to go to the doctor, he said. His own grandmother didn’t go to […]

First-of-its-kind study reveals differences in cardiovascular risk factors among U.S. Hispanics

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Ramona Santana signed up right away when a woman came to her door to recruit her for a study about the health of U.S. Hispanics and Latinos.

The 63-year-old has Type 2 diabetes and hopes researchers find a cure.

“Almost everyone [I know] has diabetes,” […]

Why Puerto Ricans smoke more than any other U.S. Hispanic group

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Researchers have known for some time that Hispanic and Latino adults in the United States are overall less likely to smoke cigarettes than their white and black peers. But federal data show that one Hispanic group is more likely to smoke than all […]

Cancer deaths overtake heart disease in Hispanics, Asians

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Cancer has replaced heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death for Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders, a recent federal report found. But it’s not because fewer are dying from heart disease. In fact, more are dying from both causes, and researchers […]

Initiatives encourage Hispanics, Latinos to ditch sugary drinks

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Guillermina Rice has made it her mission to look after the children at her son’s elementary school. It’s there that she championed a healthy beverage initiative.

For Rice, the interest in nutrition and healthy living is personal. Diabetes runs in the family of the […]

As disparities persist, a need to educate more heart failure patients about defibrillators

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Despite a decade’s worth of research revealing racial and ethnic disparities among heart failure patients receiving an implantable defibrillator, things aren’t getting any better, according to a new study out this month.

The study, published in Circulation, included more than 21,000 heart failure patients […]