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Health Topics

Below are a list of health topics with special emphasis on American Indians and Alaska Natives. Topics are added and updated frequently, so check back often.

Body Weight

A healthy weight lowers your chances of getting type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, and some types of cancer.

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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a healthy choice for many reasons. Here is what breastfeeding can mean for you, your baby, your family, and your community.

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Cancer

Cancer is the general name of a group of diseases. Cancer happens when abnormal cells start to grow out of control and invade other tissues.

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Child Maltreatment

Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a role of authority.

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Diabetes

Diabetes means your blood sugar is too high. Too much sugar in the blood is not good for your health.

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Eating Healthy

Healthy eating can prevent or delay onset of diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions and diseases. We all have a role in promoting healthy eating habits.

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Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse, and includes abandonment and neglect.

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Heart Health

Take care of your heart with physical activity, eating healthier foods, and not using tobacco products. Keep you and your family's hearts healthy.

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HIV/AIDS

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, and both are growing health issues in our Native population.

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Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (the flu) is a respiratory illness that can easily spread to other people. It can be mild to severe, and is sometimes fatal.

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Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can take different forms, such as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. IPV is a major issue in many American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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LGBTQ and Two Spirit Health

The IHS LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Health site offers information and resources to help ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native people receive access the health services they need.

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Physical Activity

Daily physical activity is important for your health and wellness, and can reduce your risk for many chronic diseases.

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Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is sexual activity when permission, or consent, is not freely given. It is a significant problem affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is the misuse of drugs or alchol. Understanding the warning signs can lead to treatment and recovery from substance abuse.

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Suicide Prevention

Depression and suicide affect people of all ages and populations. American Indian/Alaska Native populations experience a higher rate of suicide than any other group in the U.S.

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Tobacco Prevention

Stay healthy by not using commercial tobacco products and be a positive role model for your loved ones, family, and community.

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Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is spread by someone with the disease when they cough or sneeze and can can spread to anyone close by.

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Women's Health

The IHS Women's Health site provides information on various issues that affect all aspects of women's physical and mental wellbeing.

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Zika Virus – For Patients

Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people have mild or no symptoms.

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