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FridayOctober 8, 2010

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Language Barrier Hurts Diabetics, Study Finds

Hispanic diabetes patients who can’t discuss their condition with a doctor in their own language have poorer health, even when interpreter services are available, a new study has found.

Researchers analyzed data from diabetes patients in California and found that 28 percent of Hispanic patients with limited English-language skills seen by non-Spanish-speaking doctors had poor blood sugar control, compared with 16 percent who had Spanish-speaking doctors.

There was no difference in blood sugar control between English-speaking Hispanics and non-English-speaking Hispanics if they had access to a doctor who spoke their language, the investigators found.

Only 10 percent of white patients had poor blood sugar control, said the researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.

“Diabetes is a complex disease that requires a high level of patient understanding and engagement for successful management. These patients may need direct communication with Spanish-speaking physicians to manage their disease appropriately,” lead author Dr. Alicia Fernandez, a UCSF professor of medicine, said in a UCSF/Kaiser news release.

The United States is becoming linguistically more diverse and the number of people with diabetes is rising, making it increasingly important to understand how language barriers can affect patient care, the researchers said.

The study findings were released online in advance of publication in the January 2011 print issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Read more at US News & World Report →

Less Cubans Coming to America

The number of Cubans entering the country via the U.S.-Mexico border or smuggling vessels has dropped more than 50 percent.

The number of Cubans leaving the island illegally has fallen substantially in only three years. In 2007, almost 20,000 Cubans attempted to leave their island by sea in smuggling vessels for the U.S., but in 2010, there were less than 7,000.

The Miami Herald believes the recession in the United States has meant less money for human smuggling, tougher Mexican immigration rules, and increased prosecution of smugglers. However, they fail to mention that the number of immigration applications at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana has increased, and despite the lack of formal relations between the U.S. and Cuba, there has been improved cooperation on consular matters.

Read more at Poder360 →

UPDATE: Colombia Golfer Villegas Thursday’s stunt: Not-So-Hot. Very Hot though, him on ESPN magazine

Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas, who was in Bogotá, Colombia yesterday evening for an exhibition stunt in which he drove ten golf balls from a 45ft. high rooftop onto the Bullfighting Ring Arena across the street, aiming for a hole in the center, will appear nude in the next edition of ESPN magazine.


The young golfer missed the hole, though every one of the ten, and even a bonus shot did indeed land in the bullfighting ring.

When asked about his appearance in the magazine he said"It was uncomfortable. Removing my clothes for the camera, is not what I do for a living and just then when I was feeling so weird, I was just thinking in how hard i’ve worked to obtain the results I have, and that helped me relax” he added to New York times correspondents. Villegas showcases his very muscular body, bent into his signature “spiderman” pose,  at a golf court close to his home in Jupiter, Fl.

The magazine will also feature provoking photographs of several sports personalities, like basketball players Diana Taurasi and Amar’e Stoudemire, NFL linebacker Patrick Lewis, skier Julia Mancuso, USA’s soccer goalie Tim Howard, surfer Kelly Slater, disabled tennis player Esther Vergeer, volleyball star Kim Glass and pool player Jeanette Lee.

The ESPN network has released some of the photographs of the 2010 edition, and has also set up a poll, for visitors to elect the cover picture.


Read more by HS News Staff →

Latinos Receive Help From the NAACP

Back in July, due to the poor treatment of Latinos, the NAACP launched a campaign against the seemingly racist aspects of the Tea Party leadership. During their national convention, the NAACP launched a protest on behalf of Latinos saying they’ve been discriminated against for far too long. What the protesters hadn’t realized was that Arizona’s highly controversial Sheriff Arapaio was also in the city that week in July along with Arizona immigration law supporters. The NAACP is associated with the current lawsuits filed to challenge the Arizona law’s constitutionality. Quickly held meetings had resulted in the NAACP filling a bus with convention-goers and traveling across town to protest Arapaio.

Many people seemed to be shocked by the NAACP’s support both then and now, but the organization has long said their aim was to help all “colored people”, as their name suggests, no matter the ethnicity or hue of their skin.

A poll by the Pew Hispanic Center found that Americans see Hispanics as the racial/ethnic group most discriminated against. It is a shift from 2001 when African-Americans were perceived to be the country’s minority most impacted by discrimination.

After a highly publicized media war between the NAACP and the Tea Party, the NAACP came out of it having demonstrated that they will not stand aside as their fellow minorities are clearly being targeted.

Read more at Poder360 →

Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases Regarding Immigration

The October session of the U.S. Supreme Court opened this week, and a case addressing state laws that sanction employers hiring unauthorized workers will be heard along with another. The former is the first case challenging the recent surge in state and local laws’ attempt to regulate immigration and immigrants themselves. It gives the Supreme Court the chance to reaffirm that it is the federal government’s constitutional right to determine immigration law. The second case has the Supreme Court deciding whether former provisions in citizenship law that impose a five-year residency requirement for citizen fathers but not mothers, violate equal protection.

The first case, which addresses bills and actions like Arizona’s passing and attempted enforcement of SB1070, gives the Supreme Court the opportunity to send a clear message that states are not allowed to bypass the authority of the federal government and change the carefully designed “blueprint” of immigration law. Currently, Arizona is interfering with this authority and the Obama Administration as well as others have already filed briefs in support of challengers of Arizona’s law(s). While everyone seems to agree that immigration reform is necessary, the Supreme Court is to decide how, when, and what is changed.

The second case the Supreme Court will be hearing is that of Flores-Villar v. United States. The Court will look at former conditions of citizenship laws and determine whether they violate equal protection. A five-year residence requirement on U.S. citizen fathers, but not on mothers is necessary before they can award citizenship to a child born out of wedlock abroad.

The petitioner in Flores-Villar was born in Mexico to an American citizen father and a noncitizen mother. He grew up in the U.S. and his father later filed an acknowledgment of paternity in Mexico. The petitioner was later deported from the U.S. and after returning illegally, was criminally charged with illegal reentry. As his defense, he contends that he is a United States citizen, because the law makes an unlawful classification on the basis of gender, because of the required five years of residency for U.S. citizen fathers, but less for U.S. citizen mothers.

The outcome of this case will not only have implications in immigration law, but in laws regarding gender discrimination, as the Court has the opportunity to clarify that gender-based classifications are not legal regardless of their context.

Read more at Immigration Policy Center →

U.S. Officials Reach Out to Drug Cartel Suspected as Mexican Pirates in Boaters Shooting (VIDEO)

Texas officials that are investigating the presumed murder of Michael Hartley at the heads of Mexican pirates, on September 30th, have reached out to them.  Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez made an urgent plea to the Zeta cartel or any other cartel operating in the area to come forward with information to help locate the body of the missing U.S. boater.  Meanwhile the search and investigation continues on both sides of the border.

The life vest of Tiffany Hartley is being examined for blood spots found on it that are presumed to be that of her husband.  This would be the first evidence to prove that Hartley was indeed injured as his wife is claiming.

Mexican pirates are being blamed for the shooting death of Hartley after he and his wife left Mexico via boat and were shot at on Falcon Lake in Texas.  The incident has evolved to an international incident and increased tensions between Mexico and the U.S. 

U.S. authorities blame the Mexican government for not doing enough to search for the still missing body of Hartley.  Whereas Mexican officials say there is no evidence a crime even took place – the blood evidence on the vest would be the first visible sign that a possible crime occurred.

Read more at The Monitor →

REMINDER:  Millions of Taxpayers Facing Oct. 15 Deadline

Oct. 15 is fast approaching and is a key deadline for millions of individual taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2009 tax returns. It is also a crucial due date for thousands of small nonprofit organizations at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they have not filed the required forms in the last three years.

The IRS expects to receive as many as 10 million tax returns from taxpayers who requested a six-month extension to file their returns. Some taxpayers can wait until after Oct. 15 to file, including those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat zone localities and people affected by recent natural disasters.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file. E-file with direct deposit results in a faster refund than by using a paper return. Electronic returns also have fewer errors than paper returns. Oct. 15 is the last day to take advantage of e-file and the Free File program.

Free File is a fast, easy and free way to prepare and e-file federal taxes online. The Free File program provides free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing for eligible taxpayers through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance LLC, a group of private sector tax software companies.

Small nonprofit organizations at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file the required returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009 can preserve their status by filing returns by Oct. 15 under the one-time relief program.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Ecuador’s Recent Unrest Highlights Need for Press Freedom

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Ecuador to guarantee the right to freedom of expression and freedom of press in the wake of the recent violence that erupted in the capital, Quito.

“In moments of political turmoil, the possibility to receive clear and accurate information is essential,” said the UN Specialist, Frank La Rue. 

On 30 September, a section of the police force violently attacked President Rafael Correa, who was prevented to leave the hospital, in violation of his fundamental rights, according to a news release issued in Geneva.  The protests were reportedly related to Government measures that will cut some benefits for public servants such as police officers.  La Rue noted that in the incident “a great part of the police force was mobilized by interested sectors, based on alleged misinformation regarding the new proposed regulations regarding labor conditions.”

He called on the Ecuadorian media “to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and ethics,” and reiterated the importance of the principles of diversity and plurality to inform the public in an objective manner.

In a statement issued last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had voiced deep concern at the developments in Ecuador, while expressing his “strong support for the country’s democratic institutions and elected government.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Escape Shaft Could Reach Chile Miners Saturday

Chiles mining minister said that the trapped Chilean miners “could be reached by Saturday.” Preparations are also underway at the drill site to keep family and media from rushing the area. Police are stationed at all the camp entrances and everyone must show their official government passes.

Families have been told that bells will ring and sirens will sound when the drill finally reaches the men.

Engineers are now determining whether they need to line the tunnel with metal to make it smoother for the capsule that will bring the men to the surface. Mining minister Laurence Golborne explained: “If we don’t case the hole, we may have to wait for two, or three, or four days “If we have to start installing the casing it may take between eight to 10 days (to complete the rescue).” At the mine, more pieces have arrived that will help stabilize the giant crane as it hoists them to freedom.

Health Minister Jaime Manalich called on the Chilean public to be patient while the complex process was carried out.
“All the drilling gear on top has to be removed, cranes installed, and the final rescue equipment has to be set up,” the AFP news agency quoted him as saying.

Read more at bbc →

FridayOctober 8, 2010