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CDC report: Latinas live longer

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The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its first-ever report on Hispanic life expectancy, and the long-life winners are Latinas, whose life expectancy tops the list at 83.1 years.

The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics issued its "United States Life Tables by Hispanic Origin" today, with the tables based on 2006 death rate data.

Among the groups compared in the report, Hispanic females have the highest life expectancy at birth (83.1 years), followed by non-Hispanic white females (80.4 years), Hispanic males (77.9 years), non-Hispanic black females (76.2 years), non-Hispanic white males (75.6 years), and non-Hispanic black males (69.2 years).

Latinos live longer in general: According to the report, life expectancy at birth for the total population in 2006 was 77.7 years; 80.6 years for the Hispanic population, 78.1 years for the non-Hispanic white population, and 72.9 years for the non-Hispanic black population.


In the news this morning

With Arizona and SB 1070 mostly off the radar for now, there's a little more variety this week in immigration-related news, and the debate over the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship is at the top of the list.

  • Politico has several reports on the movement to revise the 14th Amendment as more GOP lawmakers join in. Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce, who introduced SB 1070, in quoted in one story as saying, "it doesn’t take a constitutional amendment. It just takes a clarification.” In another story, Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal finds himself getting dragged into the debate on account of his own background as the U.S.-born child of Indian parents.

  • On the good-news front, Latino and Asian L.A. County residents can make a toast to health and long life: The Los Angeles Times has a story on a new county health report's findings that despite high numbers of uninsured, fewer county residents are succumbing to chronic illnesses. Among ethnic groups, Asians had the lowest death rate. Latinos had a lower death rate than black and white residents. A "Latino paradox" - in which less smoking and healthier eating (for the first generation, at least) outweigh low income and lack of insurance - is cited as a possible explanation.


Patt Morrison explores 'food deserts' in South L.A
Navigating LA's Food Deserts: Airs 7/26 @ 1 PM from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.
The lack of healthy food options in low-income communities, where cheap fast food is often more easily found than fresh produce, has been blamed for a variety of public health problems, including a higher prevalence of diabetes among racial and ethnic minorities. Earlier this month, KPCC's Patt Morrison hosted a special event at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, a combined farmers' market and town hall discussion on the scarcity of healthy food available to residents of South Los Angeles. An edited broadcast, Navigating LA's Food Deserts, airs Monday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KPCC.