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Article ID: 708059

Verbal Autopsies Conducted by Community Health Workers Capture More Accurate Burden of Disease in Rural Uganda

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Training community health workers to perform verbal autopsy interviews captured more accurate data about the number and causes of deaths in rural Uganda than current health facility surveillance methods, researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and in-country partners found. PLOS ONE published the results.

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13-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST

Article ID: 707959

Cornell partners in center to tackle rural schools’ challenges

Cornell University

The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks (NCRERN), announced Feb. 6, will establish and support a network of 60 school districts in New York and Ohio, as scholars work to address challenges facing rural schools. John W. Sipple, associate professor in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, joins scholars from Harvard and Dartmouth, plus state government officials in New York and Ohio, in NCRERN.

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12-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST

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Article ID: 707947

Bridging the ‘digital divide’: Computer scientist using innovative technology, social science to improve lives in underserved communities

Northern Arizona University

Morgan Vigil-Hayes, an assistant professor of computer science at Northern Arizona University, aims to bring more reliable Internet access to tribal communities and other underserved areas by designing and implementing community-centric networked systems that can operate in resource-limited environments.

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12-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 707615

UNH Research Finds Shrinking Population in More Than a Third of Rural Counties

University of New Hampshire

Nearly 35 percent of rural counties in the United States are experiencing protracted and significant population loss, according to new research released by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Those counties are now home to 6.2 million residents, a third fewer than lived there in 1950.

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6-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST

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    29-Jan-2019 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 707019

Long-Term Unemployment, Clinician Shortage Linked to Increase in Babies Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Babies born after being exposed to opioids before birth are more likely to be delivered in regions of the U.S. with high rates of long-term unemployment and lower levels of mental health services, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the RAND Corporation.

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24-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 707058

WEST VIRGINIA STUDY DETAILS PROMISING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING RURAL INTRAVENOUS DRUG USE

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A study published today in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 1,857 people injected drugs in the last six months in Cabell County, W.Va., a rural county with a population of 94,958. This estimate is based on an innovative survey technique that public health officials can now use in their own rural communities to address the opioid epidemic.

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24-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 706435

Researchers Pinpoint Factor That Predicts Unplanned Hospital Readmissions

West Virginia University

New research from West Virginia University suggests a widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot. Physicians and nurses use a tool called the “LACE index” to identify which patients are most likely to be readmitted to the hospital because symptoms come back or complications arise. But research out of the Health Sciences Center suggests the index fails to consider a key variables that could improve predictions in West Virginia: whether patients are on Medicaid.

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14-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
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    18-Dec-2018 12:05 AM EST

Article ID: 705513

Your Postal Code May Influence Your Health

McMaster University

Researchers at McMaster University have identified trends linking health and lifestyle factors like access to public transit, the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores, the prices of popular foods, the availability and prices of cigarettes and alcohol, and the promotion, or lack thereof, of healthy foods in restaurants. The study findings are based on detailed data collected across Canada’s 10 provinces.

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14-Dec-2018 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705415

A Population Health Approach to Dramatically Reduce Heart Disease Risk

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Doctors in North Carolina created a state-wide network and used existing electronic health records to determine that tens of thousands of people across the state were at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Primary care doctors used this analysis to engage patients to reduce their risk.

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13-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705281

Pregnant Women, Young Children Most Likely To Use Bed Nets To Prevent Malaria

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When households in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have an adequate number of insecticide-treated bed nets, pregnant women and children under five are the most likely family members to sleep under the ones they have, leaving men and school-aged children more exposed to malaria, new Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) research suggests.

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11-Dec-2018 3:40 PM EST

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