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Released: 18-Jun-2020 7:30 PM EDT
Stroke survival rates worse in rural areas, study says
Washington University in St. Louis

A major U.S. study reveals large gaps between urban and rural patients in quality of care received after a stroke and rates of survival. In more rural areas, the ability of hospitals to deliver advanced stroke care is lower and mortality rates substantially higher, the research shows. The analysis, involving nearly 800,000 patients, was led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Released: 16-Jun-2020 1:15 PM EDT
FSU researchers find access to mental health facilities in Florida varies
Florida State University

The demand for mental health services may be growing, but access to these facilities is still a challenge for many Floridians, Florida State University researchers found.

19-May-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Researchers: As Ohio Abortion Regulations Increased, Disparities in Care Emerged
Ohio State University

Ohio has seen a growing disparity between abortion rates in rural and urban communities, later abortions, and less use of medication abortion care as the state has heavily regulated abortion and clinics have closed, a new study has found.

Released: 14-May-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Coronavirus outbreak trending topics - See the Coronavirus Channel
Newswise

Research and experts on the symptoms and spread of COVID-19, impact on global trade and financial markets, public health response, search for an effective treatment, and more

Released: 14-May-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Nurse Anesthetists Responding to COVID-19 in Rural America
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) stand at the ready as the threat of COVID-19 threatens the nation’s rural communities. CRNAs are the primary provider of anesthesia care in rural America. The AANA has partnered with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) to promote and release an infographic.

Newswise: COVID-19 vulnerability maps warn of NYS counties’ risk factors
Released: 17-Apr-2020 12:45 PM EDT
COVID-19 vulnerability maps warn of NYS counties’ risk factors
Cornell University

Rural counties in upstate New York are likely to be the state’s most vulnerable to a COVID-19 outbreak that could strain local health care infrastructure, according to an analysis by Cornell University demographers.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
UNH Research Finds Rural Areas with Seasonal Homes Hit Hard by COVID-19
University of New Hampshire

In a nationwide effort to get people to stay at home and not travel between states or to vacation homes, new research out of the University of New Hampshire finds rural counties across the United States with high numbers of seasonal homes saw higher rates of COVID-19 cases than either urban or other rural areas.

Newswise: Empowering Rural Doctors to Treat Advanced Heart Failure Improves Patient Outcomes
27-Mar-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Empowering Rural Doctors to Treat Advanced Heart Failure Improves Patient Outcomes
University of Utah Health

Travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 are making it more difficult for some heart failure patients who have artificial heart pumps to participate in follow-up care at implantation centers far from their homes. But a new study suggests there may be a viable alternative. According to University of Utah Health researchers, local doctors in rural areas who receive specialized training in managing the devices and who work in conjunction with cardiovascular experts at a major medical center can care for these patients safely and effectively.

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Released: 25-Mar-2020 11:55 AM EDT
WashU Experts: Coronavirus challenges facing rural America
Washington University in St. Louis

As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, larger cities, like New York and Seattle, are dealing with increasing numbers of infections and deaths daily.However, less populated rural areas are not immune from the disease, say two public health experts at Washington University in St. Louis and controlling it in rural America presents a unique set of challenges.

Newswise: Those Living in Rural Areas, Uninsured or on Medicaid Less Likely to Receive Recommended Lung Cancer Treatment
Released: 25-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Those Living in Rural Areas, Uninsured or on Medicaid Less Likely to Receive Recommended Lung Cancer Treatment
Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC study reveals that non-small cell lung cancer patients with pathologic N1 disease were less likely to receive chemotherapy if they lived in rural areas or were on Medicaid or uninsured.

Newswise: FCC to invest $176 million in broadband for Missouri’s rural areas
Released: 9-Mar-2020 11:35 AM EDT
FCC to invest $176 million in broadband for Missouri’s rural areas
Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will invest $176 million over 10 years to connect Missourians in rural areas to high-speed internet. But with more than 1 million residents who need access, systems expert Dr. Casey Canfield says bridging the digital divide will also take an investment in broadband research. “Analytical research can help decision-makers make more strategic investments in broadband infrastructure by using simulations to compare different approaches,” says Canfield.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 2:15 PM EST
Poor Internet connection leaves rural students behind
Michigan State University

Slow Internet connections or limited access from homes in rural areas can contribute to students falling behind academically, according to a new report from Michigan State University's Quello Center.

Newswise: The divide between us: Urban-rural political differences rooted in geography
Released: 19-Feb-2020 2:40 PM EST
The divide between us: Urban-rural political differences rooted in geography
Washington University in St. Louis

A new study by Washington University in St. Louis political scientists finds that how close people live to a major metropolitan area and their town’s population density play a significant role in shaping their political beliefs and partisan affiliation.

Newswise: Rifles and Shotguns Used More Often in Youth and Rural Suicides
10-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Rifles and Shotguns Used More Often in Youth and Rural Suicides
Johns Hopkins Medicine

The public has long thought that handguns are more responsible for human deaths, including suicides, than long guns such as rifles and shotguns, which have been believed to be more commonly used for hunting or protection from wild animals. But now, in an analysis of data from 16 years of gun suicides in Maryland, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers found that long guns were used more often in suicides by kids and teens than by adults, and were more commonly used in suicide by people in rural counties.

Newswise: Preventing opioid misuse in the rural America
Released: 6-Feb-2020 12:20 PM EST
Preventing opioid misuse in the rural America
South Dakota State University

Nearly 2,500 adolescents and adults in rural communities across South Dakota are better prepared to prevent opioid misuse through SDSU Extension’s Strengthening the Heartland Program.

Released: 6-Feb-2020 10:25 AM EST
Gaps Remain in Rural Opioid Crisis Research
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rural areas have been hit hard by the opioid crisis, but few studies have been done to understand how to improve access to treatment and reduce the overdose death rate in these communities, according to a new study by Rutgers University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 10:45 AM EST
Rural kids carrying handguns is ‘not uncommon’ and starts as early as sixth grade
University of Washington

Roughly one-third of young males and 1 in 10 females in rural communities have carried a handgun, reports a new University of Washington study. And, the study found, many of those rural kids started carrying as early as the sixth grade.

Released: 24-Jan-2020 9:50 AM EST
As Rural Hospital Closures Continue, CRNAs Offer a Safe, Affordable Solution
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

“Rural healthcare systems are fighting for their lives,” according to Randall Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA and CEO of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). “Statistics remain grim.”

Newswise: University of Illinois College of Medicine decreases tuition
Released: 17-Jan-2020 12:15 AM EST
University of Illinois College of Medicine decreases tuition
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois College of Medicine will reduce its tuition rates for all students, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. The decision was approved today by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Newswise: New research identifies obstacles to early detection of skin cancer in rural western states
Released: 9-Jan-2020 10:05 AM EST
New research identifies obstacles to early detection of skin cancer in rural western states
Texas State University

Residents of rural, sparsely-populated "frontier counties" in the Western U.S. face higher incidents of skin cancer and related mortality rates.

Released: 12-Dec-2019 11:25 AM EST
UT Southwestern Medical Center expands to RedBird
UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern and Reimagine RedBird have signed an agreement for UT Southwestern to establish a new medical center, expanding health care services, and providing southern Dallas residents more convenient access to UT Southwestern’s best-in-class medical care in their own community.

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Released: 9-Dec-2019 11:15 AM EST
Regional Trends in Overdose Deaths Reveal Multiple Opioid Epidemics, According to New Study
Iowa State University

A recently published study shows the United States in the grip of several simultaneously occurring opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis. The epidemics came to light after the researchers analyzed county-level data on drug overdose deaths. The study highlights the importance of different policy responses to the epidemics rather than a single set of policies.

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Released: 4-Dec-2019 11:05 AM EST
Lack of specialists doom rural sick patients
Saint Louis University

Residents of rural areas are more likely to be hospitalized and to die than those who live in cities primarily because they lack access to specialists, recent research found.

Newswise: Rural Women at Higher Risk of Life-Threatening Pregnancy Complications
Released: 4-Dec-2019 8:05 AM EST
Rural Women at Higher Risk of Life-Threatening Pregnancy Complications
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Women in rural communities experience higher rates of life-threatening complications during or after childbirth than mothers in urban cities, a new study finds.

26-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST
Rural-Urban Flip: How Changing ACA Rules Affected Health Insurance Premium Costs
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

People in rural areas of the U.S. who receive subsidies to buy health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplaces pay less in premiums than their counterparts in urban areas, a flip that occurred in 2018 and has been widening since, according to a new analysis.

Newswise: Lack of Specialists Doom Rural Sick Patients
3-Dec-2019 4:00 PM EST
Lack of Specialists Doom Rural Sick Patients
Saint Louis University

Residents of rural areas are more likely to be hospitalized and to die than those who live in cities primarily because they lack access to specialists, according to research in Health Affairs.

Newswise: Keck Medicine of USC announces launch of USC Epilepsy Care Consortium to serve epilepsy patients throughout Southern and Central California
Released: 19-Nov-2019 4:40 PM EST
Keck Medicine of USC announces launch of USC Epilepsy Care Consortium to serve epilepsy patients throughout Southern and Central California
Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC announces the launch of the USC Epilepsy Care Consortium, a unique partnership of six independent epilepsy centers serving patients in Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Central Valley.

Newswise: Americans maintain high levels of trust in science
Released: 14-Nov-2019 2:35 PM EST
Americans maintain high levels of trust in science
University of Wisconsin-Madison

A new report analyzing decades of public opinion surveys reveals that the public’s trust in scientists has remained stable and high over decades.

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Released: 14-Nov-2019 1:25 PM EST
Researchers study impact of contaminants in floodwaters
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Last spring’s historic flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers may have distributed toxic contaminants along wide flood routes. Researchers know little about how these materials may affect public health and safety in rural and urban areas. But a group of geologists and geological engineers from Missouri University of Science and Technology is working to find out.

Newswise: Nurse-researcher to help develop tribal palliative care programs
Released: 13-Nov-2019 5:00 PM EST
Nurse-researcher to help develop tribal palliative care programs
South Dakota State University

Delivering palliative care to rural, frontier areas is difficult, but the lack of infrastructure makes developing programs for three Northern Plains Indian tribes even more challenging.

11-Nov-2019 2:25 PM EST
People Who Cannot Read May Be Three Times as Likely to Develop Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

New research has found that people who are illiterate, meaning they never learned to read or write, may have nearly three times greater risk of developing dementia than people who can read and write. The study is published in the November 13, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Newswise: Sowell Center Awarded $1.25 Million Grant to Train Visual Impairment Specialists
Released: 12-Nov-2019 3:50 PM EST
Sowell Center Awarded $1.25 Million Grant to Train Visual Impairment Specialists
Texas Tech University

The Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities at Texas Tech University will train scholars as teachers of students with visual impairments, or orientation and mobility specialists, and allow them to complete a master’s degree in special education.

Newswise: Spray Painting Fiber Bandages onto Wounds
5-Nov-2019 1:40 PM EST
Spray Painting Fiber Bandages onto Wounds
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Researchers at Montana Technological University have developed a portable electrospinning device with a confined electric field that can safely deposit bandages and drugs directly onto biological surfaces, using air to spray the fibers out onto the surface, like a can of spray paint. The device can be used to cover wounds and provide controlled drug release over time, and is described in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B.

Released: 10-Nov-2019 9:05 AM EST
Neurosurgery in the Brazilian Amazon Is Possible
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers study presents a model for creating a sustainable neurosurgery programs in poor, remote locations

Newswise: UC San Diego Researcher and Explorer Aims to Empower Amputees with 3D Printed Prosthetic Limbs
Released: 7-Nov-2019 10:30 AM EST
UC San Diego Researcher and Explorer Aims to Empower Amputees with 3D Printed Prosthetic Limbs
University of California San Diego

Today, the majority of the world’s 40 million amputees live without access to a prosthesis. Albert Lin, a materials scientist and researcher with the Qualcomm Institute (QI) at UC San Diego, has created a project to change that.

Newswise: How to improve epilepsy care in Africa? Include traditional healers, schoolchildren and the guy next door
Released: 31-Oct-2019 1:35 PM EDT
How to improve epilepsy care in Africa? Include traditional healers, schoolchildren and the guy next door
International League Against Epilepsy

In Mozambique, most people with epilepsy don’t seek treatment. So the country took on an intimidating challenge: Diagnose and treat more people by increasing awareness, reducing stigma, improving medication access, and partnering with traditional healers.

Newswise: Sen. Sanders Lauds New Partnership Focused on Increasing College and Career Readiness
Released: 30-Oct-2019 3:35 PM EDT
Sen. Sanders Lauds New Partnership Focused on Increasing College and Career Readiness
CFES Brilliant Pathways

Four Vermont schools have joined CFES Brilliant Pathways’ growing network of programs across the US and Ireland in support of students becoming college and career ready. The addition of the Vermont schools supports a statewide initiative known as Advance Vermont launched in 2017 by Gov. Phil Scott focused on 70 percent of working-age residents attaining a postsecondary degree or credential of value.

Newswise: Cumulative environmental exposures increase diabetes risk in rural populations
Released: 30-Oct-2019 10:50 AM EDT
Cumulative environmental exposures increase diabetes risk in rural populations
University of Illinois at Chicago

Cumulative environmental exposures affect rural and urban populations differently when it comes to diabetes risk. Multiple environmental factors were associated with a greater risk for diabetes in rural and sparsely populated counties compared with their urban counterparts.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 4:05 PM EDT
New $5.7 Million Grant Aims to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening, Follow-Up Care in Appalachia
University of Kentucky

Cancer-control researchers at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) aim to increase colorectal cancer screening and follow-up care among underserved individuals in Appalachia through a $5.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Released: 25-Oct-2019 1:45 PM EDT
Central Valley workplaces can be hostile for minority doctors
UC Davis Health

Despite the dire need for primary health care providers in California’s Central Valley, workplace discrimination and harassment can cause some of them to change practices or leave the region entirely.

Newswise: The Answer to Rural Woes Is Far More than Broadband
Released: 18-Oct-2019 4:15 PM EDT
The Answer to Rural Woes Is Far More than Broadband
CFES Brilliant Pathways

In recent weeks, presidential candidates pledged billions of dollars to bring broadband and internet access to rural America. That’s a good start, but the issue that the candidates need to address goes far beyond technology. It’s troubling that no candidate has begun to identify a strategy to concentrate on a more sweeping problem: More and more young people in our nation’s rural communities look at their hometowns and realize those places simply can’t support their dreams.

Newswise: UIC researchers awarded $1.7M from HUD
Released: 16-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
UIC researchers awarded $1.7M from HUD
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago received $1.7 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to study lead and other household health hazards. The funds will support two different projects in Illinois communities.

Newswise: Researcher to help target victims of rural sex trafficking through new mobile app
Released: 15-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Researcher to help target victims of rural sex trafficking through new mobile app
West Virginia University

A West Virginia University School of Medicine researcher is developing an app to train key personnel in rural areas how to identify and report one of the lesser known elements of the opioid epidemic — child sex trafficking.


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