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NIH News release re: Native American Children

Greetings Everyone,

It was brought to my attention, when someone at another message board tried to view the NIH News National Children's Study announcements that name American children of Native, African and Hispanic American descent as the reason for this study, that these announcements are no longer available by link nor are they archived in the September 2005.

I was able to type the three titles, each separately, into the search engine:


National Children's Study Seeks to Explain (Native American or African American or Hispanic) Child Health Disparities


and retrieve the announcements.


I have also posted the announcement for Native American children below, just in case. I hope the removal of the direct links to these news releases did not causes too much confusion.


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National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development (NICHD)

September 29, 2005

National Children’s Study Seeks to Explain Native American Child Health Disparities



The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are approximately 2.5 million American Indians in the United States, constituting 0.9 percent of the total population, and that they live primarily in the West, Southwest, and Midwest. Modest growth of these communities is predicted in the next few decades (http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/c2kbr01-15.pdf).



Native American children today suffer disproportionately from diabetes, injuries, and other health problems. The planned National Children’s Study (http://www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov) would be the largest research study of the environment’s effects on children’s health and development ever conducted in the United States.



It would follow 100,000 children from before birth to age 21. The study would include Native American children in accordance with their proportion of the population.



The Health of Native American Children
Geographic isolation, economic conditions, and inadequate sewage disposal are among the factors that contribute to poorer health outcomes among the nation’s American Indians and Alaska Natives (http://www.cdc.gov/omh/populations/aian/aian.htm). In addition, Native American children bear a disproportionate burden of many health problems. For example:




Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions among Native Americans. Of Native Americans and Alaska Natives receiving care from the Indian Health Service, 14.5 percent have diabetes. (http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-sta...-americans.jsp)



Unintentional and intentional injuries pose a particular threat to Native American and Alaska Native children, whose rates of injury are about 2.5 times that of all U.S. children. (http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pubres/Amer...ages/Atlas.pdf)



Through the planned National Children’s Study, researchers hope to uncover the root causes of health disparities that would ultimately reduce the health disparities experienced by all groups. Study findings would help Native American communities––and indeed all communities––prevent health problems and keep families healthy, and might even lead to new treatments and cures for diseases.

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The NICHD is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the biomedical research arm of the federal government. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation.



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