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Lack of funds cited for Indians' poor health

PORTLAND, Ore.

lack of funds cited for poor health

American Indians aren't getting the health care they need because services for them are vastly underfunded, the director of the federal Indian Health Service said Friday. Yvette Roubideaux told a gathering of American Indian doctors in Portland that her agency is still underfunded despite significant gains made in recent years. "It's really clear that the health disparities, the lack of health care providers, the lack of updated facilities, the delays in providing care — all of those seem to fundamentally result from the lack of resources that we have," she said. When compared with the population as a whole, Indians are twice as likely to die from suicide, three times more likely to die from diabetes-related complications and six times more likely to die from alcohol abuse, according to statistics from the Indian Health Service.

MIAMI

Tropical depression spotted in Atlantic

A tropical depression formed in the Atlantic on Friday, but it was moving away from Bermuda and the United States, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.

The storm was about 260 miles north of Bermuda. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving east-northeast at 16 mph on Friday afternoon. Some strengthening was expected, and it could turn into a tropical storm Friday night or today. No coastal watches or warnings have been issued.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.

Donations extend search for aliens

An array of 42 radio telescopes seeking signs of intelligent life in the universe will continue that work after private donors raised enough money to keep them going.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, received more than $200,000, including a donation from actor Jodie Foster, to keep operating, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday.

The telescopes will be turned back on in September, recalibrated and operated 24 hours a day for the rest of the year as more funds are sought. The array costs $2.5 million a year to operate with a full staff of 10 people. Funding comes from donors, NASA and the National Science Foundation.

ROSEVILLE, Minn.

Couple claim $229M Powerball jackpot

A Minnesota couple came forward to claim a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $229 million on Friday.

The Minnesota Lottery said Thomas Morris bought the winning ticket on Wednesday at a convenience store in Lakeville. He and his wife, Kathleen, have 60 days to decide whether to take about $123 million in cash now, which would be about $84 million after taxes, or a full payout over 30 years.

LOS ANGELES

CDC says human rabies a first for U.S.

The first reported case of human rabies linked to a vampire bat was reported Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The case, which happened about a year ago, resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man from Mexico.

In the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, here is what happened: The man's mother said her son had been bitten on the heel of his left foot while he was sleeping. The man, who has living in Michoacan, Mexico, apparently never reported the bite or was treated for it. Ten days later he traveled to Louisiana to work at a sugarcane plantation, where after one day of work he sought medical help for a variety of symptoms. After doctors made a diagnosis of rabies, the man died.

Times wires

Lack of funds cited for Indians' poor health 08/13/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:06am]
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