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News from the CDC

The key findings from a series of CDC reports released online today by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) has found that American Indian and Alaska Native death rates are nearly 50 percent greater than those of non-Hispanic whites. http://1.usa.gov/1lGhm2E

“The authors reviewed trends from 1990 through 2009, and compared death rates between AI/AN people and non-Hispanic whites by geographic regions for a more recent time period (1999-2009).”

“The report concludes that patterns of mortality are strongly influenced by the high incidence of diabetes, smoking prevalence, problem drinking, and health-harming social determinants. Many of the observed excess deaths can be addressed through evidence-based public health interventions.”

For more information, the articles from the report will be in the AJPH “First Lookearly online section at 4:00 pm EST today, 4/23/2014.

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