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Rural Health, Healthcare, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National 4-H Council, Appalachia, Health Disparities, Racial Disparities, Prevention, Health Policy

Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

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Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

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c. diff, C. Difficile, Clostridium Difficile

After Repeated C. diff Infections, People Change Their Behaviors

After suffering repeated bouts of debilitating Clostridium difficile infections, many patients significantly change their behaviors, but some precautions may do little to prevent future infections, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

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HIV, AIDS, World Aids Day, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Heart, Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Stroke, Kidney Disease

HIV Patients at Greater Risk of Both Heart and Kidney Disease

HIV patients and their doctors are urged to be more aware of the additional health risks associated with treated HIV infection. This follows new research that shows HIV patients at high risk for a heart attack or stroke are also at substantially greater risk for chronic kidney disease and vice versa.

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Multidrug Resistance, Gram Negative Bacteria, Colombia, Antibiotic Resistance

Study Outlines ‘Perfect Storm’ That Led to Colombia’s Antibiotic Resistance Epidemic

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The nearly simultaneous emergence of a gene responsible for producing carbapenemases - enzymes that kill the most powerful antibiotics used against life-threatening, multidrug-resistant bacterial infections - coupled with the introduction of a bacterial clone that spread between patients created the “perfect storm” that led to today’s antibiotic resistance epidemic in Colombia.

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Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B research, HBV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), Primate Research, nonhuman primates

Promising New Drug for Hepatitis B Tested First at Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s National Primate Research Center in San Antonio

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Research at the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) on the campus of Texas Biomedical Research Institute helped advance a new treatment now in human trials for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

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Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, seasonal allergi, Allergies, Acaai

Two Meds Not Always Better than One for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

n a newly updated clinical practice guideline, allergists offer practical advice on the best types and amounts of medications to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis.

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Penn Study Pinpoints H3N2 Mutation in Last Year’s Flu Vaccine as Responsible for Lowered Efficacy

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The below average efficacy of last year’s influenza vaccine (which was only 20 to 30 percent effective) can be attributed to a mutation in the H3N2 strain, a new study reports. With the mutation, most people receiving the egg-grown vaccine did not have immunity against H3N2 viruses that circulated last year.

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Mass Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry Imaging, Lipid, Lipids, Infection, Bacteria, Inflammation, Therapeutic, Molecular, Pathogen

Lipids Influence How Sick You Get From a Bacterial Infection

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Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maastricht deomonstrated their ability to use mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) in tracking disease progression, opening avenues for future research into the applicability of MSI for disease studies and the development of therapeutics that target lipids to treat infection.

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Nanomedicine, Chloroquine, cancer drug delivery, chemotherapeutic agents

Age-Old Malaria Treatment Found to Improve Nanoparticle Delivery to Tumors

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A new study shows that a 70-year-old malaria drug can block immune cells in the liver so nanoparticles can arrive at their intended tumor site, overcoming a significant hurdle of targeted drug delivery, according to a team of researchers led by Houston Methodist.

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Pathogen, C. Elegans, Roundworm, Infection, Stress

Researchers Discover New Pathway for Handling Stress

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Researchers studying how animals respond to infections have found a new pathway that may help in tolerating stressors that damage proteins. Naming the pathway the Intracellular Pathogen Response, the scientists say it is a newly discovered way for animals to cope with certain types of stress and attacks, including heat shock.







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