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Senator Bob Casey encourages Pennsylvania to be vaccinated

 02/17/2015 - 11:10
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It’s no secret that Pennsylvania has one of the worst measles vaccination percentages; that is to say, the second lowest country-wide. Figures show that only 86 percent of school-aged children are vaccinated against the infectious disease; in two counties the percentage is even less than 80 percent. Data that might have gone unnoticed were it not that the US faces the worst outbreak of measles since its eradication, 15 years ago and which, in addition to over one hundred infected, has opened up the debate regarding whether or not vaccinating children should be the choice of parents.

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Pennsylvania, at the back of the line of the School Breakfast Program

 02/17/2015 - 11:08
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It is a fact that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, especially for children. However – unfortunately— it is also a fact that millions of US families do not have enough resources to provide a healthy breakfast for their children each morning. A deficiency that national initiatives such as School Breakfast Program (SBP) –the equivalent of the National Lunch Program or NLP—are trying to correct by offering partially or totally paid for breakfasts –depending on the income level of each family—at schools.

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Philadelphia Hospital Recognized for its Impact on Dominican Republic Communities

 02/17/2015 - 11:05
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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and its Dominican satellite “Niños Primeros en Salud” have received a Hospital Charitable Services Award, the excellence award with which, since 2010, Jefferson Healthcare recognized the impact of US medical centers on local communities outside the US.

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While Latino population grows, number of Latino physicians shrinks

 02/16/2015 - 12:45

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Latinos may have taken the United States by storm in art, music and television — women like Gina Rodríguez (Puerto Rican actor and Golden Globe winner for her leading role in “Jane the Virgin”) or Colombian-born Sofía Vergara, are the best examples of Latino's ascendancy. Unfortunately, medicine is not one of the fields where Latinos are succeeding.

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More African American die of HIV than whites and Latinos combined

 02/16/2015 - 12:23
More African American die of HIV than whites and Latinos combined

A report published by the Center of disease Control and Prevention reveals that African Americans continue to be the main victims of HIV in the US. Both regarding the volume of new infections –47 percent of those diagnosed with the immunological illness in 2012 pertained to this community—as well as existing infections – 41 percent of those diagnosed in 2011 were also African Americans, the community has become the most victimized by this autoimmune illness.

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Fined for having an obese child?

 02/16/2015 - 12:18
Fined for having an obese child?

The figures are overwhelming. According to data from 2012, the child obesity rate in Puerto Rico stood at 28.4 percent –increasing almost an entire point compared with 2012, which at that time stood at 17.5 percent. We mustn’t, therefore, be surprised that this situation is considered by many –citizens, physicians and politicians alike—as a public health issue that must be urgently solved. And that is precisely what Senator Gilberto Rodríguez Valle proposes to do with his latest action, a bill that, in broad terms, proposes establishing fines for parents whose children are obese.

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The measles outbreak continues to advance throughout the country

 02/16/2015 - 12:16
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The latest measles outbreak unleashed in the US – described as the most virulent suffered by the country since the illness was thought to have been eradicated in 2000— far from concluding continues to add states to the list of those infected. The latest news offered by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, in charge of monitoring the outbreak, now registers 121 confirmed cases in 17 states, three more than those appearing on the list last week –Delaware, Michigan and Nevada.

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'Big data', a cancer-treatment ally

 02/16/2015 - 12:13
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Gathering and connecting data for its subsequent comparison and application in similar clinical records, all aimed at preparing a treatment as best as possible tailored to each patient, is one of the great challenges of modern medicine, especially in the field of oncology, a sector in continuous development that will receive an enormous push thanks to the latest grand project announced by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), developed along with the technology company SAP and baptized as CancerLinQ.

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Lucia Tejo
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$215 million for the development of 'Precision Medicine'

 02/16/2015 - 11:59
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And what if combining a cure for cancer with our genetic code were just that simple? And what if determining the correct dosage of medicine were as simple as taking your temperature? This is what ‘precision medicine’ promises, offering the correct treatment, at the necessary time, and always to the correct person. And, for a small, but increasing number of patients, the future has already arrived”.

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Un hospital de Filadelfia reconocido por su impacto en comunidades de República Dominicana

 02/12/2015 - 12:26
Foto: "Children's Hospital of Philadelphia" by Jeffrey M. Vinocur - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

El Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia y su satélite dominicano Niños Primeros en Salud han sido reconocidos con un Hospital Charitale Services Award, un galardón a la excelencia con el que Jefferson Healthcare reconoce desde 2010 el impacto de centros médicos estadounidense en comunidades locales fuera del país.

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An HIV Screening Test on your Smartphone

 02/12/2015 - 09:28
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A pinch of the finger, a smartphone and a waiting period of 15 minutes is all it takes to get your result. This, in general terms, is the letter of introduction for the latest gadget promising to revolutionize the world of health: an accessory for the cell phone that makes it possible to perform a screening test for infections such as syphilis or HIV.  

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Lucia Tejo
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Twitter can also predict heart disease

 02/12/2015 - 09:18
Twitter can also predict heart disease

Official 21st century debate forum, worldwide trend setter, up-to-the-minute information source… Twitter has many uses and they are all diverse, unexpected and surprisingly revealing. Its most recent use? Its capacity to predict the heart disease-related mortality rate of a specific county, discovered by a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University and Melbourne University. 

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The controversial measles outbreak

 02/11/2015 - 12:41
The controversial measles outbreak

In the middle of December 2014, a tourist among tens of thousands that each year visit the Disneyland amusement park, located in the city of Anaheim, California, was enjoying a day in the recreational complex and, unknowingly, becoming “patient zero” in the latest public health controversy that has the country divided: the worst outbreak of measles to rock the US since this disease was stamped out in 2000.

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Lucia Tejo
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