The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of
Health, announced a new Web site to address the health concerns of the 4
million Americans who claim American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry. The
site, "American Indian Health," is at
Because special populations have different health needs, the Library has
created several specialized sites, for example, for Asian Americans, those
living in the Arctic and far north, senior citizens, and Spanish-speaking
American Indian Health addresses the special needs of this population.
Research shows that Native Americans are 2.6 times more likely to have
diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of a similar age. American Indians also
have a greater mortality risk for tuberculosis, suicide, pneumonia,
alcoholism and influenza than the average population.
American Indian Health brings together pertinent health and medical
resources, including consumer health information, the results of research,
traditional healing resources and links to other Web sites. Much of the
information has been assembled from other National Library of Medicine
resources such as PubMed and MedlinePlus.
"The National Library of Medicine is interested in reaching out to
populations with special needs," said Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., Library
director. He noted that, for American Indians, the NLM has a history of
attending local pow wows and making health information available during
The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest library of the health
sciences, is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.