Category Archives: Health

Dengue on the Loose

[datebad from=sources] [morethanone] Troubling trends in dengue fever outbreaks are worrying health authorities and elected officials in Mexico. In 2010, deaths from the illness are running ahead of last year’s fatalities. Dengue-transmitting mosquitoes are turning up in unexpected areas, and the pests are showing resistance to previously-applied insecticides. The federal Secretariat of Health has called…
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Drug Numbers Challenge the Pundits

[datebad from=sources] During a recent debate on Mexican television, media personality Joaquin Lopez-Doriga repeated a common explanation of the roots of the narco-violence unsettling his nation. If illegal drug consumption in the US stopped, Lopez-Doriga said, the principal cause of violence would go up in smoke. As the face of Televisa, one arm of the…
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1.5 Million Immigrant Children Lack Health Insurance

[datebad from=sources] Nearly one in four children of Mexican immigrants residing in the United States does not have health insurance. That’s the conclusion of a new study presented in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this week. The study, a collaborative effort of Mexico’s National Population Council (Conapo) in conjunction with the University of California and the…
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Will Dems, Obama Lose Immigrants?

[datebad from=sources] After less than eight months in office, President Barack Obama’s administration is under serious scrutiny by some leading immigrant advocates. As the legislative drive for health care insurance reform picks up steam, pro-immigrant groups are increasingly alarmed by proposals that target both documented and undocumented resident of the US. In a telephonic press…
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Addiction to “Poor Man’s Cocaine” Reported Up in Mexican Border City

[datebad from=sources] Amid economic calamity and violent upheaval, crack cocaine use flourishes in Ciudad Juarez. While he did not disclose specific statistics, the coordinator of drug addiction treatment programs in the Mexican border city told a local reporter the number of people seeking help for addiction to the “Poor Man’s Cocaine” increased markedly during the…
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Taking Action on Obesity

[datebad from=sources] Every week, Mexicali physician Eduardo Sambrano Silva sees five children who exhibit signs of being obese or overweight. He is not alone. In Mexico, an estimated 30 percent of children are considered obese, with the percentage even higher in the border state of Baja California, where 38 percent of minors are classified as…
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Emergency Aid Donated

[datebad from=sources] In another step on the road to cross-border emergency readiness, the United States has donated 108,000 emergency response kits to Mexico. Mainly earmarked for localities along Mexico´s northern and southern borders, the material will be available for use in cases of public health and environmental disasters. “This agreement reaffirms and establishes a greater…
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