Health

How Diabetes Can Lead To Depression

Nov 2, 2015

According to the American Diabetes Association, studies show people with diabetes have a greater risk of depression than those without.  

Dr. Rhonda Goen, a psychiatrist with Parkland Hospital System, explains.

Researchers are in Austin this week for the International Conference on Neural Tube Defects. It coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act — a law that led to the U.S. government acknowledging a link between folic acid deficiency during pregnancy and neural tube defects, like spina bifida.

The law also led to mandatory enrichment of certain foods with folic acid, but not all foods — particularly, tortillas. 


EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

When California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law legalizing doctor-assisted suicide, with 38.8 million people, the state became the most populous one to do so. What does the law mean for the residents of California? With now five states taking these steps, what will it mean for the rest of the country? 

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 This week on Fronteras:  

--Connecting Latinos with vital health knowledge in the community.  A look at promotoras de salud.

-- In New Mexico, toxic chemical vapors have been seeping into the air unchecked since the 90’s.  Some homeowners are worried.

--San Diego residents split over Pope Francis canonizing Spanish Missionary Junipero Serra

-- We’ll take a look back at when Mexicans, many of them naturalized Americans, were deported in huge numbers from the United States.

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Latinos across are among the most uninsured groups. Latinos have higher rates of obesity, and diabetes, and the individuals who need the most help, are often the hardest to reach. That's where promotoras come in. Texas Public Radio’s Virginia Alvino visited one promotora in a senior living community to learn more. 

The residents of Palacio Del Sol are mostly Latino, in a mostly Latino Bexar County, and they all seem to know Ms. Estella Cadena. 

Palacio has been Estella’s home since she retired 8 years ago. Her health care experience before that?

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