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Health News Roundup — Friday, September 2, 2011

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health news and reports from this past week.

Courant.com: Noncitizens Struggle After Losing Health Benefits – “After undergoing eight cycles of chemotherapy for leukemia earlier this year, Claudia De Borhorquez was prescribed several medications, costing well over $1,000 each month. She purchased her regimen for July, but before she could get the next round of drugs, she received a letter from the state. It began: “Effective July 1, 2011, state-funded medical assistance for most noncitizens will end.” De Borhorquez, 70, is one of about 4,700 people in Connecticut who are in the U.S. legally but have not yet obtained citizenship, and recently lost their health benefits.” >> Read More

Reporting on Health: Hoping for Change: Health and Social Disparities Facing Men and Boys of Color – “In California, a new state legislative committee is focusing attention on the serious health and other social disparities facing men and boys of color.” >> Read More

Standup for Healthcare: Black/White Breast Cancer Disparities: The Latest Chapter – “Breast Cancer is a devastating disease. Unfortunately, this is a fact that I know all too well. Last weekend, a loved one of mine was dealt some horrible news: On the eve of her mother’s five-year anniversary of survival, her family learned that their mother’s cancer had returned and moved from Stage 2 to Stage 4—it is now in her bones.” >> Read More

Get Better Health: Financial Concerns Are Not The Primary Barrier To Health Care In America – “It’s not just about money – Americans Face Barriers to Health Care Beyond Cost.  A study released recently in Health Services Research found that while financial concerns prevent 18% of Americans from getting needed health care, more Americans – 21% – delay health care for nonfinancial reasons.  These barriers include getting to the doctor, getting a timely appointment and taking time out of other responsibilities.” >> Read More

Newswise: Even Outside “Stroke Belt,” African-Americans Face Higher Mortality – “African-Americans and country folk outside the so-called “stroke belt” are at higher risk for stroke death than other populations, a large new study finds.” >> Read More

Washington Post Checkup: Boys drink more sugary beverages than girls, federal survey shows – “Who are the biggest consumers? Well, it should come as no surprise that it’s teenagers and young adults, with boys between the ages of 2 and 19 drinking the most. About 70 percent of them drink these sugar-laden beverages on any given day, according to the analysis” >> Read More

Salud Today: Check Out the Latest in Latino Cancer Survival, Exercise, Obesity, Videos &More – “Check out the latest in health disparities—from new efforts by promotoras to help Latino cancer patients to a new study to see what type of exercise best prevents breast cancer recurrence—in the latest E-newsletter from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.” >> Read More

Health Living: Diverse community means bridging the communication gap in healthcare – “Eastern Connecticut has become an increasingly more diverse community in recent years. Norwich Public Schools report more than 30 different languages are spoken in the homes of students. There are more than 2,000 people that hail from Haiti and Cape Verde living in the Norwich area. So how does that impact the care of patients at Backus Hospital? Language barriers and cultural differences present a significant challenge to the delivery of healthcare.” >> Read More

CT Watchdog: Ct Medicaid Clients To Get Help To Quit Smoking – “Starting Jan. 1, the state will help Medicaid subscribers quit smoking, with services funded by a lawsuit Connecticut settled with the tobacco industry more than a decade ago.” >> Read More

UC Davis Health System: Lower socioeconomic status linked with heart disease despite improvements in other risk factors – “People with lower socioeconomic status are much more likely to develop heart disease than those who are wealthier or better educated, according to a recent UC Davis study.” >> Read More

Michigan State University News: MSU develops hand-held unit to detect cancer in poorer countries – “An engineering researcher and a global health expert from Michigan State University are working on bringing a low-cost, hand-held device to nations with limited resources to help physicians detect and diagnose cancer.” >> Read More

Common Sense Family Doctor: Actual causes of death in the U.S.: not what you think – “Any standard public health or medical school prevention text includes (or ought to include) some version of the figure below, which illustrates that the leading causes of death in the U.S. at the turn of the century (heart disease, cancer, stroke) were actually surrogates for what have come to be known as the actual causes of death: unhealthy behaviors such as tobacco use, poor diet, and physical inactivity.” >> Read More

Medical News: Society For Adolescent Health And Medicine (SAHM) Expresses Concern Over Reduced Vaccination Rates And Disparities In Service Among U.S. Teens – “Of great concern given the relatively higher rates of cervical cancer in minority and low-income women is that the results also reveal racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in HPV vaccine completion rates, despite the fact that the Vaccines for Children Program provides free vaccines for low-income teens.” >> Read More

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About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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