Letter from the editor: special health edition.

Author:Escobedo, Jose Manuel

It is a fact, Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group, making up close to 15 percent of the U.S. population. According to Pew Research Center (PRC), this number is projected to nearly double (29 percent) by 2050.

These are the kinds of figures that must be considered when analyzing chronic health conditions affecting Hispanics today, such as diabetes and obesity, to give us an idea of what the future may hold if the population does not take action to address these health concerns.

According to PRC, Hispanics generally suffer from less chronic health conditions than non-Hispanic white adults. Nevertheless, Hispanics have a higher prevalence of diabetes than do non-Hispanic white adults. And young Hispanic men who are uninsured and with little to no education are the group least likely to have a regular health care provider. Many Hispanics lack access to a regular health provider, compared to non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks.

In this edition of the magazine, I had the privilege to interview physicians, pediatricians, cancer survivors, hospital workers, scientists and advocates, as well as presidents of medical associations, who provided a closer look at the social, cultural and health issues affecting Hispanics today in relation to their well-being and general healthcare.

Our cover story, "Dr. Alfredo Quinones: The Brains Behind Brain Cancer Research" is about one of the country's leading neurosurgeons. From his days working on farms outside of Fresno, California, to practicing neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, "Dr. Q" as he is commonly known, is a dedicated individual whose hard work...

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