Dr. Kyriakos Markides, a professor of aging studies at UTMB, coined the term Hispanic Paradox in 1986 while studying the health of Mexicans in the Southwest. “It’s been many years since we discovered this, and people still haven’t figured it out,” he says. Back in the ’80s, Markides’ research showed that the health of Hispanics in the Southwest resembled that of Anglos, although Hispanics were poorer, were more likely to be unemployed and had less access to health care. “It was so paradoxical,” he says. A recent study that found that Hispanics in Texas are usually diagnosed with cancer much later than Anglos. But even then, Hispanic immigrants are more likely than whites to survive cancer. It’s yet another paradox. “It’s a very puzzling fact,” says Dr. James S. Goodwin, a doctor at UTMB, who led the cancer study. Goodwin agrees that the importance of family may lie at the heart of the Hispanic Paradox and that the survival advantage might be explained by the fact that Hispanics who are sick and hospitalized are more likely to be discharged home and taken care of by family, compared with other groups.