Radiation therapy is one of the most effective and affordable treatments for cancer, yet in countries with limited resources, it is out of reach for many who need it. In Guatemala, Liga Nacional Contra el Cancer/Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia (LIGA/INCAN) in Guatemala City is the only comprehensive cancer treatment center for the poor and underserved. […]
Child beverage choices in Guatemala deemed unhealthy
A new study focusing on beverages targeted to children in Guatemala found that most were of poor nutritional quality. Published in Public Health Nutrition, this study analyzed package marketing strategies along with health claims and compared them with the actual nutritional content. These beverages, marketed for children, consisted of fruit drinks, milk, carbonated beverages, water, […]
School environment increases sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in Guatemalan adolescents
New research from Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues has found that school attending adolescents in Guatemala report high sugar sweetened beverage consumption. Few studies have evaluated sugar-sweetened beverages consumption, such as soda or sweetened coffee drinks, in Guatemalan youth and its association with the […]
E-cigarettes and e-liquids looming public health concern in Guatemala
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and e-liquids are readily available in Guatemala. While marketed as a way to sidestep the smoke-free law, these products are not regulated and do not contain warnings unlike like cigarette marketing protocols. Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery, conducted the first study analyzing e-cigarettes and e-liquids in a low/middle income […]
Study Shows Guatemalan Cigarette Packs Don’t Meet National Requirements
In the first study to address cigarette packaging in low/middle-income country, researchers found that regulations mandated by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Guatemala have not been fulfilled. It is well known that tobacco companies utilize their packaging as a way to market to current and potential consumers. The packaging size, color, and […]
Fast Food Marketing Contributing to Rising Obesity Rates in Guatemala Children
Obesity rates continue to climb globally and Guatemalans, especially children, are included in this trend. As in the United States, in this low/middle income country, fast food chain restaurants market directly to children with price incentives and toy giveaways as part of combination meals, enticing children to choose unhealthy food options instead of a possibly […]
WashU, Guatemalan healthcare professionals partner to combat CKD epidemic in Latin America
A group of Washington University researchers, residents, fellows and staff partnered with the Guatemala Social Security Institute (IGSS) hospital system in Guatemala City to work together towards improving patient outcomes and understanding of MesoAmerican Nephropathy (MeN), an unexplained epidemic of chronic kidney disease prevalent on the Pacific coast of Latin American, particularly Guatemala, Nicaragua, El […]
Rates of Chronic Kidney Disease in Guatemala Tied to Geography
Washington University’s Joaquin Barnoya is at the forefront of researching the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America.
WashU Guatemala Initiative
Ananya Benegal traveled to Guatemala City with the WashU Guatemala Initiative (WUGI) to repair medical equipment at Roosevelt Hospital.
Washington University in St. Louis Chapter Goes to Guatemala
Engineering World Health’s WUSTL Chapter travels to Guatemala.