Health Dialogues: Immigrant Health
Why is it that Latino and other immigrants have unexpectedly good health, despite risk factors like poverty and low education? Researchers call this "the Latino paradox" and the "healthy immigrant effect." Evidence suggests that strong families and intricate social ties may keep recent immigrants healthier -- at least for a while. These protective factors seem to erode the longer newcomers live in the U.S. This month, Health Dialogues looks at what factors contribute to the health of immigrants.