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Latinos who think they have good social standing in the U.S. are more likely to have better cardiovascular health, according to a peer-reviewed paper.

What’s happening: The study looked into how perception of status, success and prestige relative to other people correlates to health factors such as body mass index, blood pressure and levels of cholesterol.

  • It found that how Latinos think and feel about their social standing can have stronger cardiovascular effects than hard data such as income.

Of note: The study included thousands of participants born in other countries, mostly Mexico and Cuba.

  • For those who had extremely low-wage jobs before immigrating, earning dollars in the U.S. can make them feel they have better social standing with resulting health improvements, per the study.
  • While those who had to leave professions that they cannot practice directly in the U.S., for example doctors or lawyers, had a markedly lower self-perception of social standing with corresponding worse levels for risk factors like smoking or blood glucose.

What they’re saying: The study shows how for some “the migration experience coincides with a sense of diminished social status,” which can “influence health and behavior outcomes” in ways data solely on educational attainment, annual income and employment cannot capture, said lead researcher Lissette Piedra.

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Latino home ownership is on the rise

Almost 50% of Latinos in the U.S. owned a home in 2020, according to a report from the Hispanic Wealth Project, a group monitoring U.S. Hispanic wealth creation.

But Latinos are still 2.3 times more likely to be in forbearance and 1.5 times more likely to be delinquent on payments than white borrowers.

Axios Re:Cap talks with Axios’ race and justice reporter Russell Contreras on the uptick in Latino homeownership and the financial troubles they are also experiencing.

Inequality Index signals October jobs growth for lower-income Americans

Data: Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index; Chart: Axios Visuals

Polling for the Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index suggests that as the Delta variant ebbed over the last month, job security improved for lower-income Americans.

The big picture: As a result of the improving environment, the Inequality Index this month declined to its lowest point since April — reversing a significant spike in September.

Updated 58 mins ago - World

Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.