Health Transitions in Arctic Populations

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The Arctic regions are inhabited by diverse populations, both indigenous and non-indigenous. Health Transitions in Arctic Populations describes and explains changing health patterns in these areas, how particular patterns came about, and what can be done to improve the health of Arctic peoples.

This study correlates changes in health status with major environmental, social, economic, and political changes in the Arctic. T. Kue Young and Peter Bjerregaard seek commonalities in ...

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Overview

The Arctic regions are inhabited by diverse populations, both indigenous and non-indigenous. Health Transitions in Arctic Populations describes and explains changing health patterns in these areas, how particular patterns came about, and what can be done to improve the health of Arctic peoples.

This study correlates changes in health status with major environmental, social, economic, and political changes in the Arctic. T. Kue Young and Peter Bjerregaard seek commonalities in the experiences of different peoples while recognizing their considerable diversity. They focus on five Arctic regions - Greenland, Northern Canada, Alaska, Arctic Russia, and Northern Fennoscandia, offering a general overview of the geography, history, economy, population characteristics, health status, and health services of each. The discussion moves on to specific indigenous populations (Inuit, Dene, and Sami), major health determinants and outcomes, and, finally, an integrative examination of what can be done to improve the health of circumpolar peoples.

Health Transitions in Arctic Populations offers both an examination of key health issues in the north and a vision for the future of Arctic inhabitants.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802091093
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Bjerregaard is a research professor in the National Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark.

T. Kue Young is the TransCanada Chair in Aboriginal Health in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents


List of Tables     ix
List of Figures     xiii
List of Maps     xvii
Preface     xix
Introduction   Kue Young   Peter Bjerregaard     3
Regions
Greenland   Peter Bjerregaard   Thomas Stensgaard     23
Northern Canada   Kue Young     39
Alaska   James Berner     53
Arctic Russia   Andrew Kozlov   Dmitry Lisitsyn     71
Northern Fennoscandia   Sven Hassler   Per Sjolander   Urban Janlert     103
Peoples
Inuit   Peter Bjerregaard   Kue Young     119
Dene   Kue Young     134
Sami   Sven Hassler   Siv Kvernmo   Andrew Kozlov     148
Determinants
Environment and Living Conditions   Peter Bjerregaard   James Berner   Jon Oyvind Odland     173
Diet, Nutrition, and Physical Activity   Peter Bjerregaard   Marit Jorgensen     192
Smoking, Alcohol, and Substance Use   Anna Rita Spein     205
Genetic Susceptibility   Robert Hegele   Rebecca Pollex     229
Cold Exposure, Adaptation, and Performance   Tiina Makinen   Mika Rytkonen     245
Consequences
Infectious Diseases   Anders Koch   Michael Bruce   Preben Homoe     265
Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, and Obesity   Marit Jorgensen   Kue Young     291
Cancer   Jeppe Friborg   Sven Hassler     308
Injuries and Violence   Kue Young   Sven Hassler     334
Mental Health and Suicide   Anne Silviken   Siv Kvernmo     359
Maternal and Child Health   Jon Oyvind Odland   Laura Arbour     379
Strategies
Improving the Health of Arctic Populations   Peter Bjerregaard   Kue Young   James Berner     405
References     419
Contributors     479
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