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National Campaign Aimed At Getting Latinos To Know Their Cholesterol Count

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Cholesterol is a word that most have learned that having too much of it is a bad thing but is it really understood? And if a person does have high cholesterol, do most people know how to lower it? Or even how they got it in the first place?

It would seem that not too many Latinos understand cholesterol or take it seriously enough. According to the American Heart Association, more than half of Latinos and more than a third of Latinas have high cholesterol. It’s something that leads to heart disease, stroke and heart attacks. As it stands, 1 in 5 (20.8%) Latino deaths in the U.S. every year is attributed to heart disease.

A new national awareness campaign, Cholesterol Counts, created an online poll that they hope encourages everyone to get their cholesterol count. They’ve assembled factoids specific for the Latino population. Among them is the fact …

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Are You at Risk for Skin Cancer?

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness of the importance of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer.

You are invited to a free skin cancer screening.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
9am to 2pm

Hartford Hospital Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center 85 Retreat Avenue, HartfordThere is no charge for this service, appointments required. To schedule an appointment, please call 860.972.3078

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer this year.

The best ways to lower the risk of skin

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Latino Families Believe In Eldercare, But A Tough Mission

 

Photo: blog.nclr.org

Photo: blog.nclr.org

For 10 years Gloria Frías has had a full time job, but she receives no compensation for her work.
This is because ever since her mother suffered a fall that confined her to a wheel chair she has had to change her lifestyle completely, becoming the primary caregiver of Paula Frías Vázquez, who turned 91 years old last February.
“I had to leave my family for eight months to deal with my mother’s medical emergency in Mexico. My youngest son was 12 years old

Latino Eldercare  By the Numbers
* 1 in 3 Hispanic households in the U.S. have at least one family member providing eldercare in their family.
* 8 million Hispanics who are caregiving for a family elder do so without receiving an paid compensation for their services.
* 7 out of 10 Latino family members have had to reduce their work hours, change jobs,

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