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Tobacco & Teeth

Poor oral health among Native Americans linked to commercial tobacco use; Health experts warn against substituting traditional herbs with commercial tobacco for ceremonies uses.

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Breastfeeding Meds

Despite evidence to the contrary, health care providers are still regularly getting questions and comments about prescription medication use being unsuitable for breastfeeding mothers.

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Mixed messages

Social attitudes about breastfeeding in public send mixed messages to moms about when and where it’s OK to nurse. Available in print, web & audio.

James O. Hill, director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado medical center in Aurora, says it is natural for us to gain weight in the food-rich, sendentary environment we’ve created for ourselves. “Our biology is not broken,” he says.

Obesity Findings

Researchers, physicians, and fitness and nutrition experts describe the biological and social forces that give rise to obesity and strategies for pushing back against those forces.

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Office Breastfeeding

Workplace breastfeeding under Affordable Care Act, Native style; Businesses across Indian Country adapt to new breastfeeding mandates but ACA provisions not straightforward for Native moms.

Headquartered in Rockville, Md., the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health is looking at new recommendations that hone in on strengthening the partnership between medical and dental practitioners to improve children’s oral health.

Dental Partnerships

IHS Oral Health Division prioritizes new task force recommendation to encourage medical-dental partnerships to help combat tooth decay among children ages 0-2.

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Children’s Teeth

Oral health experts say early childhood tooth decay affects Native children at a rate higher than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.

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STEM Learning

Audio Story: Researchers look to culture to find the solution to underrepresentation of Native American children in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.

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Breastfeeding Obstacles

Breastfeeding may be natural but it doesn’t come naturally without good support. Challenges of city living have urban Native moms forgoing breastmilk and reaching for formula.

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Dental Therapists

Lack of dentists in tribal areas is a multi-faceted problem. Could dental therapists ease the pain of oral health disparities in American Indian/Alaskan Native communities?