A Day in the Life of a New York City Community Health Worker

October 23, 2018Rosaura guides her clients through a challenging health system during the most vulnerable moments in their lives.Last week I shadowed Rosaura Polanco, a community health worker in the South Bronx in New York City, where she provides underserved women with health education and essential health services. Having only seen examples of community health workers operating in sub-Saharan Africa, I asked Rosaura what unites them around the world, despite their differing roles and contexts.“Empathy,” she replied. “I practice empathy, for everything, all the time.”Rosaura works forGrameen PrimaCare, a sister organization toGrameen America that provides women from low-income immigrant communities with high-quality, affordable primary care. By providing health education to women enrolled in the Grameen loan program, which provides group-based microfinancing for small business, Rosaura reaches a population that often remains hidden, excluded from formal institutions such as health facilities.She knows the community she serves because she ’s part of it.Her morning begins with attending a loan group meeting of around 40, mostly Latina, women.  She sits patiently as participants deliver their repayments and discuss their business plans. These meetings can get highly charged: if someone doesn’t repay on time, the rest of the group shares the burden. Then Rosaura stands up and shares information about the dangers of high levels of sugar i...
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CONCLUSIONS: SARS-Cov-2 has emerged as a worldwide threat, currently affecting 170 countries and territories across the globe. There is still much to be understood regarding SARS-CoV-2 about its virology, epidemiology and clinical management strategies; this knowledge will be essential to both manage the current pandemic and to conceive comprehensive measures to prevent such outbreaks in the future. PMID: 32495923 [PubMed - in process]
Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
By Cecilia RussellMILAN, Italy, Jun 4 2020 (IPS) The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inherent fragility of food systems, Marta Antonelli told an international video conference organised by the Barilla Center for Food Nutrition (BCFN). However, she said, it also offered an opportunity to reset the way food is produced, distributed and consumed. The pandemic disrupted the food system, triggering food insecurity and resulted in sharp increases in the cost of food – up to 10 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa. Jobs were lost, children who received one meal a day at school lost access to this source of nutrition, and ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Food & Agriculture Global Globalisation Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutritio Source Type: news
             Basel, 04 June 2020   - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for the Elecsys® IL-6 test. This test measures levels of the biomarker interleukin 6 (IL-6) and can be used to help identify patients with confirm ed COVID-19 disease who could be at high risk of intubation with mechanical ventilation. The test can support physicians, in combination with other examinations and vital signs, to decide early on if a patient with confirmed...
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CONCLUSION: NAR is endowed with broad biological effects that could improve human health. Since a scarce number of clinical studies have been performed, the use of them requires more investigation in order to know better their safety, efficacy, delivery and bioavailability in humans. PMID: 32496985 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Current Medicinal Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Curr Med Chem Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis analysis shows, for the first time, the effectiveness in parallel of first-line abiraterone, enzalutamide, and docetaxel in mCRPC, including in patients with co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus or in patients with visceral metastases. These real-world findings from the PCR provide meaningful information to help manage mCRPC, particularly in patients under-represented in clinical studies.Trial RegistrationClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT02236637; registered September 2014.
Source: Targeted Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Targeted interventions to address symptoms, functional status, and depression in patients with chronic diseases are needed.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Abstract Fenretinide (4-HPR) is a synthetic derivative of All-Trans-Retinoic Acid (ATRA) characterised by improved therapeutic properties and toxicological profile relative to ATRA. 4-HPR has been mostly investigated as an anti-cancer agent, but recent studies evidenced its promising therapeutic potential for preventing metabolic syndrome. Several biological targets are involved in 4-HPR's activity, leading to the potential use of this molecule for treating different pathologies. However, although 4-HPR displays quite well-understood multi-target promiscuity with regards to pharmacology, interpreting its precise p...
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This article also focuses on the catalytic mechanism and substrate recognition by OGA. In addition, we present an updated overview on small molecule OGA inhibitors, either of carbohydrate or noncarbohydrate scaffolds, regarding their structures, binding modes and selectivity towards the enzyme, and potential therapeutic outcomes in probing O -GlcNAcylation at cellular levels. This minireview is believed to be a good starting point to develop more potent and selective OGA drug candidates. PMID: 32496638 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: ChemMedChem - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: ChemMedChem Source Type: research
IJERPH, Vol. 17, Pages 3980: Guidelines for Physical Activity—A Cross-Sectional Study to Assess Their Application in the General Population. Have We Achieved Our Goal? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph17113980 Authors: Stefano Palermi Anna Maria Sacco Immacolata Belviso Veronica Romano Pietro Montesano Bruno Corrado Felice Sirico National and international healthcare organizations propose guidelines for physical activity worldwide, defining its characteristics. These guidelines’ practical applications are difficult to estimate, since th...
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Evidence strongly suggests that the global faltering of mitochondrial function throughout the body with advancing age has a lot to do with a decline in the effectiveness of mitophagy. Mitochondria are the power plants of the cell, a herd of hundreds swarming and replicating like bacteria in every cell to produce the chemical energy store molecule ATP. Mitophagy is the specialized form of autophagy that destroys worn and damaged mitochondria, recycling their component parts. Without it, cells would become overtaken by broken, malfunctioning mitochondria. Mitochondrial dysfunction leads to too little ATP, but also higher lev...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
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