People in rural areas less likely to receive specialty care for neurologic conditions

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study has found that while the prevalence of neurologic conditions like dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) is consistent across the U.S., the distribution of neurologists is not, and people in more rural areas may be less likely to receive specialty care for certain neurologic conditions. The study, funded […]

Rural America may miss out on early COVID-19 vaccines

Getting vaccinated is easy—it’s getting the vaccine itself that can be hard. (Gustavo Fring/Pexels/) Coke County, Texas, a rural area with a population of less than 3,500 people, didn’t report its first case of COVID-19 until early May. Now, it ranks second in the state in infection rates. Yet when Texas began distributing coronavirus vaccines […]

Long-Term Drought Harms Mental Health in Rural Communities

Public health experts increasingly recognize that adverse weather and climate conditions can have negative impacts on people’s mental health as well as physical health. Many national and international organizations, for example, have established or expanded postdisaster services to include mental health assistance and support. However, little is understood about how mental health is […]

Iron infusion proves effective to treat anaemia in Rural Africa

IMAGE: Iron infusions help reduce iron-deficiency anaemia in low-income settings. view more  Credit: Danielle Powell, Swiss TPH Over 1 billion people globally are affected by iron-deficiency anaemia. In sub-Saharan Africa, anaemia is a major public health concern with roughly 60% of the population suffering from anaemia. Around half of those cases are due to iron deficiency. […]

Rural America is now the center of the COVID pandemic

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trial will continue after a patient who received an alternate treatment died. (National Cancer Institute/) Last week, the US set a record for the highest number of infections in a single day at more than 83,000 cases; that number was reported two days in a row, on Friday and Saturday. To put […]

68% of deaths from firearms are from self-harm, majority in older men in rural regions

A new study of gun injuries and deaths in Ontario found that 68% of firearm-related deaths were from self-harm, and they most often occurred in older men living in rural regions, pointing to the need for targeted prevention efforts. The study is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). There were 2009 injuries secondary to […]