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Native American health issues in the 20th century.

1) What were the leading health problems among Native Americans in the 20th century?

There seem to be three primary health problems for Native Americans in the 20th century. The first health problem is tuberculosis. TB is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs and is spread through the air by coughing, sneezing and breathing contaminated air. Indians may have a predisposition for being susceptible to TB. Their tendency to live in family groups and interact with a small number of individuals has the effect of spreading the disease quickly among a condensed community.

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1) What were the leading health problems among Native Americans in the 20th century?

There seem to be three primary health problems for Native Americans in the 20th century. The first health problem is tuberculosis. TB is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs and is spread through the air by coughing, sneezing and breathing contaminated air. Indians may have a predisposition for being susceptible to TB. Their tendency to live in family groups and interact with a small number of individuals has the effect of spreading the disease quickly among a condensed community.

The second health problem is diabetes. Native Americans with diabetes today have a 2 ½ times greater death rate than other Americans with diabetes (p.89) The article did not spend much time evaluating this disease.

By far the most deadly health problem affecting Native Americans both historically and presently ...

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