A 2009 IHS study on syphilis in Native Peoples found that they have the third highest rates of primary and secondary syphilis (as opposed to later stages of the disease.) Even though in 2009, Native Peoples made up about one percent of the total U.S. population, STDs affected them 1 to 4 times as much as they affected white people. The age groups most affected were women ages 25-29 and men ages 35-39.1
Uterine Fibroids, Part Two
By Emily Grose, November 19, 2010
In the last article, we explained what uterine fibroids are, and in this article we will discuss treatment options for women who have uterine fibroids. Most women with fibroids will never require treatment, but those showing symptoms or who have large fibroids have several treatment options. Treatment depends on the size and location of the fibroids, symptoms showing, whether or not the woman wants to become pregnant in the future, and the how close to menopause the woman is. Here are some of the options:
Uterine Fibroids, Part One
By Emily Grose, October 22, 2010
Approximately 70% of women have uterine fibroids, and problems with fibroid tumors account for one in five visits to gynecologists, but what exactly are uterine fibroids and who gets them ? In this article, an explanation of the tumors, their symptoms, and women at risk will be discussed. The next article will discuss treatment options for uterine fibroids.
Breast Cancer Awareness: Early Detection Can Save Your Life
By Laura Frutiger, October 29, 2009
This October marks the 25th annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer remains one of the foremost women’s health issues; women are diagnosed with this type of cancer with a frequency second only to skin cancer. Every year 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with the disease and more than 40,000 die . As the cold weather sets in and we all prepare for the coming winter, it is important to remember to take time to inform yourself about this health issue. It may save your life or the life of a loved one.
Acetaminophen: Painkiller or Pain Producer?
By Lindsay Grace Weber, October 7, 2009
On June 30th, 2009, a health advisory panel urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lower the maximum dosage of acetaminophen in over-the-counter medications. A popular ingredient in both prescription and non-prescription painkillers—including Tylenol, Excedrin, Nyquil, and many generic brands of pain and fever reducers—acetaminophen has been linked potentially serious liver damage and death.
MRSA: On the Rise in Native Communities
By Maranda Herner, September 9, 2009
MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus, or “staph,” bacteria. This particular strain poses heightened concern because it is resistant to most antibiotics used to treat staph infections. Accordingly, MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Fortunately, MRSA can be treated with specialized antibiotics. Most MRSA cases occur in hospitals, nursing homes, and dialysis centers and earn the name health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA).
Risks of Yasmin
By Erin Clark, August 26, 2009
Nearly 80% of women have used ‘the Pill’ since its introduction in the 1960’s. Though this number is estimated to be less among Native women, oral contraceptives remain a heavily relied upon birth control choice for millions, yet access to information about its side effects is not always easy. Recently, the brand of oral contraceptive Yasmin (also known as Yaz or Ocella) has come under strict scrutiny for the possibility of severe side effects, and many of these side effects are closely tied to health problems in Native communities.
Teflon and Non-stain Products May Be Harmful to Your Health
By Kathryn Au, August 12, 2009
Chemicals in our everyday environment may be harming our health as well as our ability to have children. The latest chemicals to come under public scrutiny by the media are a group of compounds known as perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, which are chemicals with fluorine atoms attached to chains of carbons. They are very stable chemicals that do not break down easily. Used in the production of many household items for stain resistance and water and oil repellence, these chemicals are found everywhere.
Skin Cancer: Protect Yourself - Know the Facts
By Lindsay Grace Weber, July 29, 2009
The Center for Disease Control identifies skin cancer as both the most common, and the most preventable, type of cancer in the U.S.  Though most skin cancer prevention and awareness campaigns target individuals in higher risk groups—i.e. light skinned individuals who burn or freckle easily—people with darker skin are also at risk for developing skin cancer. Individuals with increased skin pigmentation, including African-American, Asian, Latino and Indigenous people, do have additional protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun that lead to skin cancer. Despite this added protection, skin cancer is associated with higher mortality and morbidity within these populations due to the atypical presentation of skin cancer in dark skin, and the subsequent misdiagnosis of skin cancer by medical professionals.  With the summer sun now out in full force, it is important that all individuals take precautions against skin cancer.
Endocrine Disruptors VI: PBDEs in Dust
By Kathryn Au, July 15, 2009
Household products are coming under increasing scrutiny as scientists examine the health effects of commonly found chemicals. One such chemical may be found in dust. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs for short, are a type of chemical compound that contain many bromine atoms. They are used as a flame retardant so that household products don’t burn so easily. PBDEs make homes safer by preventing fire. When foams or plastics containing PBDEs get heated at high temperatures, bromine atoms break off to quell the fire. PBDEs can be found in foam products like mattresses cushions, plastic products like computers and other electronics, wire and cable insulation, and adhesives. Some polyurethane products can be made of up to 30% PBDEs by weight. Unfortunately, PBDEs can break off from these products over time, getting into the air as dust.
By Maranda Herner, July 1, 2009
The current outbreak of the swine influenza virus has been attracting worldwide attention. The growing number of reported cases and H1N1 related deaths have raised concern among the public, particularly in susceptible communities such as Native American reservations. Swine flu typically infects the upper respiratory tracts of pigs and until recently, rarely appeared in humans. Of the four subtypes of the influenza type A swine flu virus identified in pigs, the popular strand now spreading among humans is labeled H1N1.
Endocrine Disruptors V: Parabens in Cosmetics
By Kathryn Au, May 20, 2009
Skin care products in our bathroom shelves may be doing more harm to our health than good. That’s because most of these products contain parabens, a group of chemicals that are used as preservatives. Parabens are used to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus in a variety of household products. In other words, they make products last longer. They are cheap to produce and effective as preservatives, so companies use them in literally thousands of products. You can find parabens everywhere: in cosmetic products like makeup, lipstick, and nail products; in hygiene products like hand lotions, sunscreen, deodorant, soaps, shampoo, and toothpastes; and in many food products like processed foods, condiments, soft drinks, fruit juices, and ice cream.
Endocrine Disruptors IV: Cancer in Our Foods
By Kathryn Au, April 29, 2009
Eating barbecued and grilled foods may be increasing our risk of cancer. These foods are more likely to contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a type of chemical compound that may pose health dangers to our bodies.
Guard Us All? Immigrant Women & the HPV Vaccine
April 15, 2009
“Guard Us All? Immigrant Women and the HPV Vaccine” is a new radio program that explores the intersections of reproductive justice and immigrant human rights. On this edition of Making Contact, we partner with organizations in the reproductive justice movement to explore an HPV vaccination that’s at the center of these issues.
Endocrine Disruptors III: Bisphenol A and Babies
By Kathryn Au, April 1, 2009
Parents are becoming increasingly concerned over the presence of the chemical bisphenol A in baby products. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor—it imitates the hormone estrogen and throws the endocrine system off balance, affecting the development of reproductive organs.
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Dr. Mia Luluqusien
Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan)
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