Endeavour Space Shuttle’s Last Voyage Will Be to CA Science Center

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The California Science Center became the official owner of the space shuttle Endeavour Tuesday at a title-transfer signing ceremony attended by the astronauts who were aboard the shuttle on its final mission this summer.

The center will become the retirement home of the shuttle, which traveled 115 million miles during 25 flights.

“Please don’t scratch it,” shuttle Cmdr. Mark Kelly joked to the crowd attending the ceremony at the Science Center.

NASA announced in April that the Endeavour would be permanently housed at the Science Center — returning the shuttle to the state where it was built more than 20 years ago.

Endeavour was built in Palmdale, beginning in 1987, to replace the destroyed Challenger shuttle, which exploded 73 seconds after takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986. Endeavour was completed in 1991.

Science Center officials said the shuttle would become the centerpiece of its new air and space gallery. The center has already begun a $200 million fundraising campaign to pay for transporting the shuttle to California and providing a museum to house it.

Information on donating to the cause is available online at www.BringEndeavourHome.org.

“Today marks the beginning of Endeavour’s new mission to stimulate interest in science and engineering in future generations,” Science Center President Jeff Rudolph said.

An exact timetable for bringing the shuttle to Los Angeles has not yet been set.
The shuttle is at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where NASA crews are working to remove hazardous materials and prepare it for public display. That work is expected to last until late next year. The shuttle will eventually be flown aboard a 747 NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to LAX, then carted through the streets of Los Angeles en route to Exposition Park.

It is expected to be placed in a temporary facility before being moved into a permanent facility within five years.

Kelly, the husband of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was joined at Tuesday’s ceremony by fellow Endeavour astronauts Michael Fincke, Gregory Johnson and Andrew Feustel, along with actress June Lockhart of the classic television series “Lost in Space.”

“Isn’t it wonderful to have a mode of transportation that when the pink slip is turned over, it does not lose value when you take it off the lot,” she joked.

The space shuttle Discovery will be retired at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, while Atlantis will be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center visitors’ complex in Florida and Enterprise will be at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

Los Premios ‘VIDA’ Reconocen a los Líderes que han Logrado Avances en el Campo de Salud para los Hispanos

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La Alianza Nacional para la Salud Hispana (NAHH, en inglés) otorgó el 5 de octubre premios a cuatro líderes cívicos que, a su juicio, han luchado sin cansancio por mejorar la salud de la comunidad latina en Estados Unidos.

Los ganadores de los premios VIDA (de izquierda a derecha) el presidente de la Asociación contra la Diabetes de EE.UU. Larry Hausner; la directora ejecutiva de la organización puertorriqueña UPROSE de Nueva York Elizabeth Yeampierre; el senador demócrata por Hawai Daniel Inouye; y el exsecretario de Educación de EE.UU. Dr. Lauro Cavazos. Foto cortesía de National Alliance for Hispanic Health

El grupo entregó los premios “VIDA 2011” al senador demócrata por Hawai, Daniel K. Inouye; el exsecretario de Educación de EE.UU., Lauro Cavazos; el presidente de la Asociación contra la Diabetes de EE.UU., Larry Hausner, y la directora ejecutiva de la organización puertorriqueña UPROSE de Nueva York, Elizabeth Yeampierre.

“Esta noche nos uniremos los líderes de las áreas de salud y ciencias de la nación con los principales ejecutivos de los mayores proveedores de salud hispanos para celebrar los muchos logros de los premiados”, dijo a Efe Jane Delgado, presidenta de NAHH.

Los premios “VIDA” figuran entre los más prestigiosos concedidos a líderes en lo que respecta el avance de mejoras en el campo de salud para los hispanos.

El senador Inouye recibió el premio por su liderazgo para forjar un consenso bipartidista a favor de los centros de salud comunitarios, la ampliación de servicios de salud mental, y su lucha por combatir las “injusticias” contra diversos grupos vulnerables, dijo la NAHH.

Cavazos, que fue el primer hispano en ocupar un lugar en un Gabinete presidencial en EE.UU. durante la presidencia de Ronald Reagan, recibirá el premio por “dedicación de toda una vida a la educación y la salud comunitaria”.

Hausner recibió el galardón por ampliar los servicios de la Asociación contra la Diabetes de EE.UU. (American Diabetes Association) y ponerlos a la disposición de la comunidad latina, que registra una de las tasas de incidencia de diabetes más altas en el país.

Yeampierre obtuvo el premio por su lucha “ejemplar” por los derechos de las personas a vivir en un ambiente más saludable, a través de UPROSE, la organización comunitaria más antigua del Bronx.

La NAHH explicó que otorga esos premios en reconocimiento a quienes trabajan duro para mejorar los indicadores de salud y para promover la prosperidad de la comunidad hispana, que totaliza 50,5 millones en Estados Unidos.

Adele Tops American Music Awards Nominations

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British soul singer Adele earned a leading four nominations Tuesday for the 2011 American Music Awards, with Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry each earning three.

Adele earned nominations for artist of the year, favorite female pop/rock artist, favorite pop/rock album for “21” and favorite adult-contemporary artist.

Also nominated for artist of the year were Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

The nominations were announced by Nicki Minaj and Pitbull at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. The awards will be presented Nov. 20 at the Nokia Theatre.

Adele will compete with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry for favorite female pop/rock artist. Among the men, the nominees in the pop/rock category were Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Pitbull.

Nominations for top Latin Music Favorite Artist went to Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbul.

Winners will be determined by votes cast online at amavote.com or AMA.abc.com.

Here are more of the nominees:

POP or ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
— Justin Bieber
— Bruno Mars
— Pitbull

Favorite Female Artist
— Adele
— Lady Gaga
— Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
— LMFAO
— Maroon 5
— OneRepublic

Favorite Album
— Adele, “21”
— Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
— Rihanna, “Loud”

COUNTRY MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
— Jason Aldean
— Brad Paisley
— Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist
— Sara Evans
— Miranda Lambert
— Taylor Swift

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
— The Band Perry
— Zac Brown Band
— Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album
— Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”
— The Band Perry, “The Band Perry”
— Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

Favorite Artist
— Lil Wayne
— Nicki Minaj
— Kanye West

Favorite Album
— Jay-Z & Kanye West, “Watch The Throne”
— Lil Wayne, “Tha Carter IV”
— Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday”

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
— Chris Brown
— Trey Songz
— Usher

Favorite Female Artist
— Beyonce
— Rihanna
— Kelly Rowland

Favorite Album
— Beyonce, “4”
— Chris Brown, “F.A.M.E.”
— Rihanna, “Loud”

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Artist
— The Black Keys
— Foo Fighters
— Mumford & Sons

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Favorite Artist
— Adele
— Bruno Mars
— Katy Perry

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Favorite Artist
— Casting Crowns
— Tobymac
— Third Day

Sprint New Artist Of The Year

POP/ROCK
— Foster The People
— Hot Chelle Rae

COUNTRY
— The Band Perry
— Thompson Square

SOUL/R&B
— Marsha Ambrosius
— Miguel

RAP/HIP-HOP
— LMFAO
— Wiz Khalifa

Ground Beef From Los Angeles Recalled From Eateries

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A Los Angeles-based meat company is recalling more than 377,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

The affected ground beef was produced by Commercial Meat Co. between Sept. 7 and Oct. 6, and was shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
No illnesses have been reported.

The possible contamination was discovered during routine testing.
The recalled products include various-sized packages of ground beef, ground beef patties, ground beef taco and chili. All of the packages have the establishment number “EST. 4873” inside the USDA inspection mark.

Villaraigosa Talks Jobs At Town Hall In El Sereno

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With the city’s unemployment rate hovering just shy of 14 percent, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the audience at a town hall meeting on Oct. 6 he is not waiting for politicians in Washington to create jobs.

Instead, the mayor said he is focusing on ways to make Los Angeles more business friendly, to partner with the private sector, and advance job-creating projects at LAX and the Port of Los Angeles.

Villaraigosa also announced the launch of a new website, www.LocateLA.org, to help businesses find office or manufacturing space in the city and find tax and other incentives to reduce the cost of working in the city of Los Angeles.

“With Congress failing to take action, my administration is taking steps right now to put people to work,” the mayor said.

About 130 business owners and community leaders attended the town hall at Grifols Biologicals, Inc., a health care company northeast of downtown that is investing $135 million to expand its facilities and create 300 jobs.

Villaraigosa told the audience he is focused on three main ways to make the city more business-friendly. They include reducing or eliminating certain business taxes, expediting permitting processes and policy changes to give preference to local businesses bidding for city contracts.

The mayor also touted major construction projects at LAX and the Port of Los Angeles. The airport is undergoing a $4.1 billion modernization.
Villaraigosa said the project would create as many as 39,000 jobs. He said a $1.2 billion investment in construction projects at the port would create about 20,000 jobs.

Villaraigosa called again for Congress to approve a transportation bill that would allow Los Angeles County to accelerate completion of transit, bike and pedestrian projects from 30 years to 10 years.

When asked if he supports expanding a tax exemption for new businesses to the rest of the business community, Villaraigosa said he is studying a proposal to phase out the gross receipts tax over four years. The tax generates close to $430 million in revenue to support core city services such as public safety and street services.

The mayor said the tax hurts the city’s competitiveness in attracting successful businesses, but said the tax would have to be phased out in a responsible way to prevent damaging basic public services.

Comunidad de Hermon Prepara Escenarios para Simulacro de Terremoto

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Lea esta nota EN INGLÉS: Hermon Community Sets Stage for Shakeout Earthquake Drill

Una pequeña comunidad en el Noreste de Los Ángeles se prepara para un simulacro de un terremoto masivo y usted está invitado a participar.

Desde septiembre, los voluntarios de la vecindad Hermon, ubicado cerca de Highland Park, han sido sometidos a entrenamientos para ayudar a sus familias y otras personas durante una catástrofe mayor. Sin embargo, el 22 de octubre, el grupo será puesto a prueba con el simulacro anual “ShakeOut” cuyo objetivo es estimular la preparación para un temblor grande.

Durante el simulacro “Hermon SkakeOut: La Obra,” que será de 8 am hasta el mediodía, se le pedirá a los participantes y el público en general a “agacharse, cubrirse y agarrarse” a las 9:20 am, donde quiera que estén.

Los residentes con un radio FRS pueden escuchar el canal 7 para los mensajes importantes, los residentes de Hermon deben utilizar el canal 2, que será supervisado por el personal del Equipo Comunitario de Respuesta a Emergencias (CERT). Las actualizaciones también se pueden leer en www.LAsurvival.org

Un minuto después de iniciar el temblor, un puesto de comando de incidentes se establecerá en el supermercado Fresco Community Market ubicado en 5914 Monterey Road, Hermon 90042. Los voluntarios harán una búsqueda para “lesionados” y residentes vulnerables, y practicarán sus competencias de primeros auxilios.

Además, en áreas designadas se producirán incidentes—en una escuela, un negocio, una organización religiosa, una organización de bienestar de los animales—incluyendo en:

—La Primaria Bushnell Way  donde un estudiante voluntario simulará una lesión seria a causa de escombros que caen sobre él.

—El mercado Fresco donde los trabajadores gritarán “agacharse, cubrirse y agarrarse” y un consumidor fingirá una emergencia médica.

—La Iglesia Comunitaria de Hermon donde los feligreses pretenderán quedar atrapados dentro del edificio dañado.

—La organización Amigos del Parque de Mascotas de Hermon (Friends of Hermon Dog Park) donde disimularán que un perro está atrapado y herido por una gran rama de un árbol.

A las 10 am se les pedirá a los residentes participantes que evacuen la zona debido a un incendio (simulado) que acerca a la zona. Se les pedirá que vayan a la sala de su zona designada.

Se les pide que los residentes, incluyendo aquellos que no residen en Hermon, participen en este ejercicio, las personas interesadas pueden inscribirse en www.LAsurvival.org o al llamar a Mark al (323) 895-6275.

Brown Signs Bill to Toughen Pregnancy, Medical Leave Law

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A bill to prohibit California employers from interfering with an employee’s ability to take pregnancy or family medical leave was signed into law by Gov. Brown last week.

AB 592 “will protect an employee’s right to take job-protected pregnancy and family medical leave, according to the bill’s author, Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens),

“Women make up more than half of our state’s work force, yet pregnancy and the right to take medical leave remain one of the biggest challenges a woman faces in the workplace. California is the leader in pregnancy and family medical leave laws and AB 592 will strengthen our promise to our working mothers and ensure that California continues to set the standard for worker’s rights,” said Lara in a written statement following the bill’s signing.

The assemblyman says AB 592 strengthen existing California laws, specifically the Pregnancy Disability Leave law (PDL) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), by making it clear to employers that interfering with an employee’s right to take leave is unlawful in California.

State law protects workers who must take a leave of absence in order to care for their own pregnancy-related disability or to care for a family member who is ill.

According to Lara, some courts failed to recognize “interference” as an independent basis for liability under California law. Now, under AB 592, California law will conform to the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and ensure that interference is clearly prohibited, he said.

Community Calendar: October 13, 2011 to October 19, 2011

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Today, Thursday October 13
6pm—A Night at the Races & Live Auction in Montebello to benefit MELA Counseling Services. Includes social with betting booths, 6pm races, buffet dinner, and live auction following the last race. General Admission is $35 (Buffet Dinner & 350 MELABUCKS); Turf Club Admission is $50 (Buffet in VIP seating area & $500 MELABUCKS). Location:  Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640. For more information, call (323) 721-6855.

Friday, October 14
1:30-4:30pm—Friends of Cypress Park Library Book Sale in the Community Room: 1150 Cypress Ave., LA. Most books and videos under $1. For more information, call (323) 224-0039.

4-5pm—¡Lotería! For Teens at the Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library in East Los Angeles in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be prizes! The library is located at 803 Spence St., LA 90023.

Saturday, October 15
10am-4pm—A Sustainable Garden Party will held at the Historic Lummis House in Highland Park: 200 East Ave. 43, LA. Green-minded folk will enjoy a variety of speakers, workshops, music and children’s activities. Proceeds will be used to restore the water-wise gardens that surround the historic monument. $10 suggested donation. For more information, call (323) 222-0546.

10am to 3pm—4-H 4th Annual Pet Symposium in East LA. LA County youth and their families are encouraged to attend this free event and learn about responsible pet care, along with community service opportunities and careers related to pets, at the 2011 4-H Pet Symposium. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will be on site with its mobile unit offer low-cost ($5 to $25) vaccinations and chipping services ($25).

The even twill take place at the UC Cooperative Extension Office, located at 4800 E. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles 90022. For more information contact Dawn Fuller at (323) 260-3859, dafuller@ucdavis.edu

10:30am-6:30pm—16th Annual Monterey Hills Jazz Festival at Budd Weiner Park, located at Via Marisol and Via Arbolada in Northeast Los Angeles. The festival will feature music from City Beat, The BluesMen, Ron McCurdy Collective and the Susie Hansen Latin Band, as well as popular gourmet food trucks. There’s no charge for admission, so come and enjoy a day of great music, food and loads of family fun atop the beautiful Monterey Hills.

2pm—Kids Share the Fun of Reading at the El Sereno Library. Books come alive with GAB library volunteers. The library is located at 5226 S Huntington Dr., LA 90032. For more information, call (323)

3-5pm—The Baseball Reliquary will host a book signing for “Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles,” with co-author Richard Santillan at the La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. The event will also include players featured in the book and a screening of  the documentary film companion to the book. The library is located at: 1355 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 791-7647 or go online to www.baseballreliquary.org. 225-9201.

4-10pm—Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Commemoration and Echo Park Mariachi Festival at El Centro del Pueblo. The event will feature altars created by local residents, schools and organizations, food and refreshment booths with proceeds benefiting El Centro Del Pueblo’s holiday toy giveaway, vendor booths, entertainment and an art exhibition. Free admission. El Centro del Pueblo is located at 1157 Lemoyne S. LA (Echo Park) 90026. For more information, call (213)-485-3353.

5:30-8:30pm—Opening Reception for “Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles,” at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave., LA. The exhibit runs through Feb. 19, 2012. For more information, go to http://www.janm.org/exhibits/drawingtheline/

Sunday, October 16
SORRY FOLKS-THIS EVENT SOLD OUT! 2-4pm—Eagle Rock Center for the Arts presents Karjam Saeji and Chaksam-pa, a program featuring Tibetan song, dance and opera. Together for the first time, singer Karjam Saeji and Tibetan Dance and Opera Company Chaksam-pa share their stories. Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is located at 2225 Colorado Blvd., LA 90041. For more information, call (323) 226-1617 or visit www.centerartseaglerock.org

Tuesday, October 18
6-8pm—Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) Hosts Free College Fair for all San Gabriel Valley high school students and their parents on the school’s Rosemead campus. The fair will feature representatives from more than 40 universities and colleges including UC Berkeley, Duke University and Columbia University. For more information, call or email Ms. Fernandez at (626) 940-2037 or mfernandez@boscotech.edu, or go to http://www.boscotech.edu .

Wednesday, October 19
2-3pm—Robert Louis Stevenson Library/Biblioteca Free Presentation on Services for Older Adults / Servicios para Personas Mayores and learn about the many things the Los

Angeles Department of Aging can do for you or your loved ones. Vengan y

aprendan acerca de las muchas cosas que la Ciudad de Los Angeles ofrece para

usted o sus seres queridos. Address/Dirección: 803 Spence St., LA 90023.

Upcoming Events
Seating is limited so sign up early for an SAT practice test on Oct 22, from 10am to 2pm at the Montebello Library. Open to students in grades 11 & 12. Bring a calculator and a #2 pencil. Test Results will be given on Tuesday Nov. 1 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. The library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd, Montebello, 90640. Call (323) 722-6551 or email Beth krupsaw bkrupsaw@library.lacounty.gov for more information.

The Monterey Park Harmony Festival car show takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, with over 120 cars, including classics, domestics, muscle, customs, euros and imports, including a newly added bike demo. There will be a raffle, and trophies and prizes will be given out for the best of each car class. All of this is taking place at Barnes Park located at 350 S. McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park.

The Wall las Memorias Conference on Latinos, Faith, Culture, HIV & Mental Health will take place Oct. 24, 8am-5pm at The California Endowment: 1000 North Alameda St. LA 90012 Featured speakers are Sister Catherine Marie Bazar, O.P. and Jorge Castillo, MA Advocacy & Out Reach Manager. The event is free to attend. To register, call (323) 257-1056 ext. 23 or email lvelasquez@thewalllasmemorias.org.

East Yard for Environmental Justice is putting on a Dia De Los Muertos fundraising party on Oct. 28 from 6pm to 11pm. There will be “calaca” face painting, sugar skull decorating, food, dancing, scary stories, and a raffle (19” Magnavox HDTV, iPod Shuffle, vintage sewing machine). There will also be an altar for those who have lost their lives to traffic pollution. To submit photos to the altar, volunteer or to donate for the raffle, call (323) 263-2113 or email info@eycej.org. The party will be at 2317 Atlantic Blvd, City of Commerce, CA 90040.

Announcements
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Division of Adolescent Medicine offers free services for eligible youth and their families in the Northeast area of Los Angeles at the Cypress Park Family Source Center.  Services include: case management, mentoring, counseling, tutoring, field trips, arts (theater and urban art), boxing and other sports, parenting classes and more.  Services are provided Tuesday (10-12-year-old boys & girls); Wednesdays (girls only, all ages); and Thursdays, (13 and older, boys & girls). The center is located at 929 Cypress Ave, LA. For more information. call (323) 361-7512.

The Los Angeles County Public Library’s 32nd Annual Children’s Bookmark Contest entry deadline is Oct. 29. Bookmark contest entries should reflect this year’s theme, “Picture the Adventure — READ! / ¡Imagínate la Adventura – LEE!” Children’s designs will be grouped by grade level; Kindergarten-2nd; 3rd-5th; 6th-8th; and 9th-12. Bookmark Contest entries can be dropped off at the Anthony Quinn Library, located at 3965 Cesar Chavez Ave., LA 90063 or any county library. The winners at each library will be announced in November. Visit your local county library for more details.

Tickets are now on sale for the Garfield Alumni Foundation’s  49th Annual 5th Quarter Dance and Fundraiser on Friday Nov. 4 — same night as the Annual East LA Classic between  Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools— at the Quiet Cannon: 801  San Clemente in Montebello. Proceeds from the dinner dance benefit the Garfield Alumni Foundation Scholarship Program. Love music, and dance performances; Dj and more. Must be 21 or older. Doors open at 7pm, but you can arrive before, during or after the game. Tickets are $35 in advance/$45 at the door/ $25 after 10:30 pm with ticket stub from the game. Get advance tickets at Sounds of Music, 4956 East Whittier Blvd. LA 90022; ChimMaya Gallery, 5283 East Beverly Blvd. LA .90022. For more information, go to garfieldalumnifoundation.org. or  call Henry Beltran at (323) 728-9353

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Atención Padres: Ayuda Gratuita de Tutoría

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Plaza Community Services tiene un programa después de escuela para niños de 7 a 16 años de edad.

La tutoría y ayuda con tareas es cada lunes, martes, miercoles, y jueves despúes de escuela hasta las 4:30pm.

Para inscribir a su hijo llame al (323) 268-3219 para hacer una cita para registración. Plaza Community Services esta ubicada en 4018 City Terrace Dr.

Más Información Disponible en Español Acerca del Enfermedad de Parkinson

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La Fundación Nacional de Parkinson (NPF, en inglés) anunció el 4 de octubre una campaña dirigida a la comunidad hispana para alertar sobre la importancia de la detección temprana de la enfermedad, la segunda neurodegenerativa más común después del Alzheimer.

La NPF ha puesto a disposición de esta comunidad una línea de ayuda gratuita, 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636), atendida por especialistas en salud que responden preguntas sobre el Parkinson tanto en inglés como en español; y el folleto en español “10 Signos de alerta temprana sobre la enfermedad de Parkinson”.

Los especialistas que atienden la línea ayudan a las personas a localizar los recursos disponibles en su zona y envían un paquete de información, además de la disponible en español en su sitio en internet www.parkinson.org/espanol.

Con un estimado de un millón de personas diagnosticadas con la enfermedad en Estados Unidos, y de cuatro a seis millones en todo el mundo, NPF aseguró en un comunicado que entre la creciente población hispana de edad avanzada se ha registrado un aumento de casos en riesgo de sufrir la enfermedad de Parkinson, cuyos signos no se detectan a tiempo.

Según Joyce Oberdorf, presidenta de NPF, el mayor riesgo del Parkinson y la intervención médica tardía se ven agravados por el hecho de que la comunidad hispana frecuentemente no tiene acceso a información sobre la enfermedad ni a cuidados de calidad.

“Esperamos que nuestra nueva línea de ayuda y el nuevo folleto bilingüe generen más conciencia sobre la enfermedad de Parkinson en los miembros de la comunidad hispana”, dijo Oberdorf, quien alentó a los hispanos a estar informados sobre los signos de alerta temprana.

“Mucha gente equivocadamente atribuye los primeros síntomas del Parkinson al proceso normal de envejecimiento, lo cual posteriormente trae graves consecuencias”, agregó Oberdorf.

La presidenta de NPF afirmó que reconocer temprano los síntomas y contar con un diagnóstico adecuado ofrece la mejor oportunidad de tener una vida más prolongada y saludable.

Según una reciente encuesta realizada por NPF entre hispanos de todo el país, más del 55 % de los participantes dijo haber sufrido temblores o sacudidas -ambos síntomas tempranos del Parkinson- pero que “esperarían para darles más tiempo para que desaparezcan”.

En Estados Unidos se diagnostican cada año entre 50.000 y 60.000 nuevos casos de Parkinson, una enfermedad que por el momento no tiene cura.

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