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Latinos Are Less Likely To Seek Medical Help, This Health App In Spanish Could Help

The likelihood of Latinos going to see a doctor for a check up or even when symptoms appear is pretty low. There are several things that prevent Latinos from seeking medical attention like a lack of health insurance, and recently a fear of immigration officials. Some Latinos prefer to forego the doctor and hope things work out for the better. There are a lot of jokes that Latinos prefer home remedies and Vaporu. Now, one comapny is trying to change that for the better.

Ada Health is an artificial intelligence health platform that is already helping millions of people understand their health.

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Now, the company is going to focus on getting Latinos to the doctor. A Healthy Americas Survey released in 2017 found that out of all minority groups, Latinos were less likely to seek out medical care. An estimated 55 percent of Latinos go to the doctor for health screenings or preventive care.

Ada Health is helping Latinos make medical care a reality by removing obstacles, like the Spanish-language barrier.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, out of the 50 million Spanish speakers in the country, about 17 million of them speak English less than “very well.” For many, it’s usually the children that serve as their parents translator.

Ada is launching a new Spanish language platform to help Latinos better assess their health concerns.

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Ada Health is not a replacement for seeking professional medical help from a doctor. However, it is a useful resource to monitor symptoms and get alerted as to whether or not you need to seek medical attention.

Dr. Claire Novorol, the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ada Health and a former pediatrician, said that Ada is designed to help users feel like they’re having a conversation with a friendly health guide.

Here’s how the app works:

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“The app takes you through a series of questions to understand your past medical history, risk factors and asks you about your current symptoms. Then, Ada generates a detailed health assessment that suggests possible conditions and the likelihood of each condition,” Dr. Novorol said. “Ada explores your health and symptoms in detail, personalizing follow up questions to your particular situation and drawing upon an enormous medical knowledge base to suggest possible causes.”

The medical app can also help navigate psychological symptoms and ailments.

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There is still a stigma surrounding mental health within the Latino community. It is something our community is started to talk about through op culture and media. Ada Health is offering a chance to learn a little more about your mental health.

“It’s critical that the healthcare community continues to work together to understand and embrace new solutions that empower individuals and improve their ability to access the personalized and high-quality care they need,” Dr. Novorol said. “Behind Ada is proprietary artificial intelligence technology and a medical knowledge base that covers thousands of conditions including psychological symptoms and cases, curated by our team of medical experts.”

Because Latinos have a slew of holistic remedies, Ada is planning on incorporating that approach in the future.

“Right now, the app serves as the first line of defense intended to help a patient navigate to the appropriate care, which may include holistic care,” Dr. Novorol said. “At this stage, the app does not recommend specific holistic healthcare providers, but this is something that’s on the horizon for Ada.”

As we noted the app should not replace professional medical help. The app is meant to be provide “timely access to credible health information, a safe and confidential outlet for individuals to address their initial concerns, and empower them to seek the appropriate guidance.”


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This Beautiful Model’s Experience With Vitiligo Is a Lesson To All Of Us

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This Beautiful Model’s Experience With Vitiligo Is a Lesson To All Of Us

Those who are familiar with the long-term skin condition called vitiligo know that it can deeply affect a person mentally. Characterized by the loss of pigment in skin, vitiligo can often cause psychological stress for those who experience stigma brought on by the condition.

One model, who is based out of Rio de JanMeiro, Brazil know’s the stress such a condition can cause because he has it.

Roger Monte is a 37-year-old model with vitiligo.

Speaking to mitú, about his experience with vitiligo, Monte says “I really feel super comfortable being who I am.  My spots differ from people and make me unique.” It’s a change from his first reactions to the skin condition that affects 0.5 percent and 1 percent of people worldwide.

Soon after noticing the first white patch that had appeared on his skin at the age of 23, Roger has said that his world completely changed. “Seeing my skin losing pigmentation was terrifying for me. I thought my life, which had barely even started yet, was over at that moment. When I found out that vitiligo can develop because of emotional stress, I blamed myself for it every single day,” he explained according to Daily Mail. “I had a really dark few years and I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I didn’t accept my condition at all and started using makeup to camouflage my spots.”

When he soon came to learn that vitiligo can be exacerbated by stress, Roger found himself even more distressed.

“I had a really dark few years and I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I didn’t accept my condition at all and started using makeup to camouflage my spots,” he explained. “I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and I wore makeup to cover my vitiligo for ten long years. It felt like I was being held, hostage. I didn’t like going to the beach or the gym or anything that made me sweat. I was terrified that someone would notice my spots even though looking back, it must’ve been quite obvious to anyone who looked closely.”

It took Roger a decade to ultimately come to terms with his condition and, eventually, he learned to stop hiding behind makeup.

Eventually, Roger found himself embraced by friends he met at a gym and discovered the full support of those around him.

“In 2016, I met some incredible new friends who started to make me see my spots as something unique and beautiful. One day, I just woke up, took out my cell phone, took a picture and posted it to Instagram,” he explained. “I had never had a photo of me get so many comments and likes. People I hadn’t seen in years were praising my skin and saying that they had never noticed that I had the disease. I even had a boy who had also been hiding his own vitiligo with makeup contact me to say that my posts had inspired him to stop hiding his skin. Another girl even got in touch to say that my story had helped cure her depression.”

The power of Roger’s influence on social media is clear in the 34.5k followers he has amassed in the past few years. When it comes to giving advice to little boys and girls with vitiligo Monte told us at mitú he hopes they learn to “Take on your colors. The world is already full of more of the same and needs colorful and empowered people like us!  Love yourself!

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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