Monthly Archives: June 2016

Doctor and a Patient at a Rehab Center

Hispanics Less Likely to Finish Addiction Treatment Programs

Among ethnic groups in America, there are many variables when it comes to addiction and substance abuse. Hispanics tend to have less access to treatment than white Americans. And to add to that is the fact that Hispanics are also less likely to complete a treatment program once they have entered it. Factors may include a lack of access to quality care, lack of cultural and bilingual understanding and lack of engagement, among others. It is up to professionals in the addiction community to correct this issue and make care more accessible and effective for all patients.
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Arial View from a Plane of Different Countries

Country of Origin Plays Key Role in Depression Rates Among Hispanics

Many mental health experts worry that mental illnesses, like depression, go underdiagnosed and untreated in much of the Hispanic population of the U.S., which is why any research that goes into this issue is so important. A recent study resulted in a report from Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) that outlines rates of anxiety and depression in American Hispanics. In addition to illustrating that under-treatment is a real problem, the report also demonstrates that rates of depression are highly variable and depend on the country of origin of Hispanic individuals.
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Doctors Researching Addiction Treatment

Unique Psychological Issues, Need for Child Care Complicate Addiction Treatment for Women

In medical studies, women have traditionally been left out. It is only in recent decades that researchers have recognized that women react differently to medications and treatments, that they have different life circumstances and different needs that affect outcomes. Recent studies are looking at how women respond to addiction treatment and how their unique needs must be discovered and acknowledged.
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Minorities & Genetic Health Research

Hispanics Missing From Genetic Health Research

A collaborative study from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health recently found that genetic research lacks diversity, which means that Hispanics and other minority populations could be missing out on important advances in medicine. The report reviewed current research on genetics and health and found that advancements in this area, including personalized medicine, are moving rapidly. However, the report also found that the advancements are not reaching everyone.

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