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May 2, 2000
Vol. LII, No. 9

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Role of Nurse Practitioners Expands at NIH

Cogeneration Plant To
Boost Fuel Efficiency,
Cut Emissions

Kamini Mendis To Discuss Malaria Rollback Project

Anxiety Disorders Screening for NIH'ers

NEI Sponsors
International Symposium

Benefits Reminders
for All NIH Employees

Thoracic Surgeons
Take Video to Heart

News Briefs

New Appointments


Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives


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Agency-Wide Action Plan Due by June
Health Disparities Research Tops NIH Agenda

By Carla Garnett

Some disturbing trends have surfaced in the nation's health: Rates for blindness due to glaucoma in African Americans are six times higher than the rates for whites. American Indians and Alaska Natives are nearly three times as likely as whites to have diagnosed diabetes; Hispanics and Latinos are almost twice as likely. African Americans and Native Americans show increased susceptibility to kidney complications of diabetes. Death rates from heart diseases are disproportionately high among blacks. Native Americans have a higher incidence of meningitis due to Haemophilus influenzae B. Stroke, a major health problem for the entire country, disproportionately affects minority citizens — particularly African Americans. Sudden infant death syndrome is more prevalent in minority populations — two and a half times more prevalent in blacks and three to five times more prevalent in Native Americans. In 1998, blacks were nearly 10 times more likely than whites to be diagnosed with AIDS.
M O R E . . .

NEI Introduces Low Vision Education Program

By Mike Coogan

Low Vision Traveling Exhibit debuts
in Birmingham shopping mall.

For about 14 million Americans — one of every 20 — the inability to see well makes doing things difficult. They have trouble recognizing the faces of friends. Seeing the TV is harder, and reading price tags becomes an ordeal. Walking around the neighborhood presents a challenge. What can be done?
M O R E . . .