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OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is highly prevalent in some Alaska Native and American Indian populations. Quality indicators for RA have been proposed, but these have not been widely implemented or used to assess RA care in Alaska Native or American Indian populations. METHODS Medical records were included if they met the following criteria: RA(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine trends in diabetes prevalence, incidence, complications and mortality between 1985 and 2006 among Alaska Native people. STUDY DESIGN We used data from the population-based Alaska Native Diabetes Registry, which includes all people who receive care in the Alaska Tribal Health System. METHODS We compared the periods of 1986-1990 and(More)
OBJECTIVES The Alaska Native Medical Center diabetes program analysed Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit data from 1994-2004 to evaluate the impact of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) funding on process and intermediate outcomes. STUDY DESIGN We conducted a retrospective analysis of data from standardized medical records reviews conducted(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if video otoscope still images of the tympanic membrane taken in remote clinics are comparable to an in-person microscopic examination for follow-up care. DESIGN Comparative concordance, diagnostic reliability. METHODS Community health aide/practitioners in remote Alaska imaged 70 ears following tympanostomy tube placement. The(More)
The objective of this study was to determine if video otoscope still images (640 x 480 pixel resolution) of the tympanic membrane following surgical placement of tympanostomy tubes are comparable to an in-person microscopic examination. Forty patients having undergone tympanostomy tube placement in both ears were independently examined in-person by two(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine if an increased rate of breast cancer in Alaska Native women is related to their consumption of a subsistence diet that may contain p,p'-dichlorodiphenylethylene (DDE) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). STUDY DESIGN A retrospective case control design. METHODS We analyzed banked serum collected between 1981 and 1987 from 126(More)
BACKGROUND Exposure to environmental chemicals may impair endocrine system function. Alaska Native (AN) women may be at higher risk of exposure to these endocrine disrupting chemicals, which may contribute to breast cancer in this population. OBJECTIVE To measure the association between exposure to select environmental chemicals and breast cancer among AN(More)
The frequency of colorectal cancer (CRC) among the Alaska Native people is the highest of any ethnic group in the United States. In this study, CRC from 329 Alaska Native people (165 Eskimo, 111 Indians, and 53 Aleut) were evaluated for evidence of defective DNA mismatch repair (MMR) by testing tumors for altered protein expression (hMLH1, hMSH2, and hMSH6)(More)
AIMS Previously rare among Alaska Native (AN) people, type 2 diabetes (DM2) prevalence as indicated by registry data has increased by as much as 300% in some western Alaska regions. We sought to determine prevalence and incidence of DM2 and analyze associated cardiometabolic risk factors in western AN people. METHODS DM2 and prediabetes prevalence and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess clinical treatment patterns and response times among American Indian/Alaska Native men with a newly elevated PSA. METHODS We retrospectively identified men ages 50-80 receiving care in one of three tribally-operated clinics in Northern Minnesota, one medical center in Alaska, and who had an incident PSA elevation (> 4 ng/ml) in a(More)