Category Archives: Health

Mexico’s Doctors, Health Workers Send Out an SOS

Dr. Adela Rivas Obe had a stellar reputation. In addition to being a respected member of her profession, Rivas was by many accounts socially committed. A supervisor of Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in the Costa Grande of Guerrero state, Rivas walked out of an IMSS clinic September 22 in the small port city of…
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Two Perspectives on Marijuana Legalization in Mexico

The Mexican Supreme Court’s recent decision declaring prohibition against the personal possession of marijuana as unconstitutional put the issue of legalizing the intoxicating substance back on the public policy agenda. Although Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto endorses a debate on regulating marijuana, he reiterated his opposition this week to the recreational consumption and legalization of…
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New Mosquito-Borne Illness Threatens Mexican Coastal Communities

If dengue fever wasn’t enough of a problem, Mexican health authorities are increasingly coping with a new mosquito-borne illness bearing an exotic name. Cases of the chikungunya virus contracted inside Mexico have now surpassed the 1,000 mark, according to the Pan American Health Organization. So far, the tropical states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero have…
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HIV/AIDS Awareness Still Faces Obstacles in Border Region

Editor’s Note:  Often overshawdowed by other issues, HIV/AIDS continues claiming victims along the U.S-Mexico border and worldwide. In today’s story, New Mexico State University’s  Laura Iesue,  graduate student of sociology, outlines some of the outstanding issues in addressing a vital health issue of our times. NMSU Student Series Though HIV/AIDS awareness has made significant gains…
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Border Farmworkers Still Lack Health Care

Editor’s Note:  In continuing our series of submissions from New Mexico State University student writers, Frontera NorteSur is pleased to publish this commentary from graduate student Marianne L. Bowers. Based on a recent health survey she conducted, Bowers offers these thoughts on health care issues facing farmworkers in the El Paso-southern New Mexico region of…
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Mexico’s Health Care Professionals Rise Up

A new social movement erupting in Mexico this summer is exposing the long-running deficiencies in the nation’s public health care system. Led by #YoSoy17 and #YoSoy Medico 17, the movement began as a reaction to legal charges filed against 16 Guadalajara doctors for alleged medical negligence in the death of a 15-year-old patient, Roberto Gallardo,…
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New Pesticide Rules for Farmworkers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a 60-day extension for public comment on upcoming rule changes related to farmworker exposure to pesticides. Running through August 18, 2014, the comment period is aimed at gathering public input for the updating of federal regulations governing the use of pesticides in the fields. “The opportunity to…
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Firm Action on Obesity Crisis Urged

Mexican health advocates are calling for far-reaching changes and greater coordination in tackling a public health crisis that is taking thousands of lives and costing billions of dollars every year. “The damage is done.  We have a lost generation,” said Dr. Abelardo Avila, researcher with the Salvador Zubiran National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition….
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The Other End of the Heroin Trail

In the mountains of Mexico, opium poppies flourish under the embracing rays of the sun and the blinking eyes of the state. From rural settlements in Nayarit, Guerrero and other blood-scarred states where private armies battle for the profits of the trade, opium gum is transported to laboratories in Guadalajara, Ciudad Juarez and other places…
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Health Care Across Borders

[datebad from=sources] Delivering health care to Latino migrants in the United States was high on the agenda of a meeting in Mexico last week that kicked off the start of Binational Health Week. Held in the old colonial city of Guanajuato, the gathering attracted government representatives, academicians and health care professionals. On hand for the…
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