Dept. of Health releases report highlighting health of Latinos in NYC

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The Department of Health released a new report on Wednesday that highlights the health of Latinos in New York City.

Statistics show Latinos, compared to other New Yorkers, are 4 percent more likely to report needing medical care and not receive it. Seven percent are more likely to get diabetes and 11 percent are more likely to be obese. Latinos also had a higher death rate.

On the other side, Latinos have 7 percent lower smoking and drinking rates than other New Yorkers. They also have fewer cases of common cancers. Latinos are also more likely to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

The Department of Health says Latinos from 20 different countries make up 29 percent of the city's population.

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