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Report: Language help better for patients at NY hospitals

By MARCUS FRANKLIN

NEW YORK (AP) – Two years ago, Aida Torres rushed her feverish daughter to the emergency room. Doctors at the Brooklyn hospital tried telling Torres that her mentally retarded daughter, Madayeli, needed surgery for an ovarian cyst, but the scared mother didn’t understand them because she doesn’t speak English.Frustrated and desperate, the native of the Dominican Republic sought help from a Spanish-speaking hospital maintenance worker. He wasn’t able to help either; Torres eventually asked a friend to leave work to interpret.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080419/D904TVQ00.html

Annotated Bibliography by Alice Chen, M.D.

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Hospital program helps minorities, immigrants navigate health care

Some Maryland hospitals are adjusting to the increase in immigrant and minority patients by developing education programs that focus on these populations to improve care and reduce emergency room admissions. The programs discuss prevention within the context of the immigrants’ cultures and languages, using community leaders and laymen. Washington Post, The (2/5)

Travelers in Search of Mexico's Magic Find Town of Witches and Warlocks

Travelers in Search of Mexico’s Magic Find Town of Witches and Warlocks
By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
To the dismay or joy of hard-core practitioners, witchcraft has become a big tourist draw in Mexico.

Folk Medicines Contain Lead

HOUSTON (AP) – Maria didn’t mean to poison her children. Quite the opposite. Worried about her daughters’ lack of appetite, the young Houston mother was merely following her grandmother’s advice when she gave the two girls and a niece a dose of “greta” – a Mexican folk medicine used to treat children’s stomach ailments.

Link to article: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080122/D8UAVM200.html