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Patient navigators ease colonoscopy jitters in men

Categories: Cancer  /  News  /  Research  /  Wellness

No one looks forward to a colonoscopy with much enthusiasm. But for Hispanic men, it’s an even harder sell. Far too few Hispanic men get recommended colon cancer screening tests — even though colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in that population. And Hispanics are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease, when it’s harder to treat. For several years, University Health System has studied the use of male, Spanish-speaking patient navigators to explain the benefits of colorectal screenings to Hispanic men enrolled in CareLink, a financial assistance program for …Read More >

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Taking aim at birth defects

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Pregnancy  /  Research  /  Wellness

Citing the fact that Hispanic babies are more prone to a serious birth defect of the brain and spinal cord, the March of Dimes has called on the FDA to require that corn masa be fortified with folic acid, as it requires for many other grain products. Neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly occur when the protective sheath around the spinal cord fails to close completely. About 3,000 pregnancies each year result in a neural tube defect. Folic acid, a B vitamin found in lentils, leafy greens, citrus fruits and other foods, can reduce the risk of neural …Read More >

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A South Texas medical mystery

Categories: Cancer  /  Diabetes  /  News  /  Research  /  Surgery

It’s long been a grim medical mystery in this region why rates of liver cancer are high here, particularly among Hispanics. Taking a deeper look at rates of the most common form of liver cancer across the country over a 15-year period, researchers at UT Health Science Center San Antonio found the highest rates in the nation among South Texas Hispanics. The new study, led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the Health Science Center, used data from state and national cancer registries between 1995 and 2010 to look at rates of hepatocelluar …Read More >

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