Feb 2, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of January 19-January 25. Notes that infections and deaths declined nationwide, but rural counties in the South had infection rates 17% higher than the national rate. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Feb 1, 2023 - The Food and Drug Administration has revoked four Emergency Use Authorizations issued to the Mammoth Biosciences, Inc., University of Arizona Genetics Core for Clinical Services, and ChromaCode, Inc., related to COVID-19 detection and diagnosis tests.
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking comments on revisions to the information collection titled "ASPA COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Market Research," which includes five components: 1) COVID-19 Current Events Tracker (CET); 2) qualitative data collection in the form of focus groups, interviews, and dyads; 3) copy testing surveys; 4) message matrix surveys; and 5) creative testing surveys and experiments. Information collected will be used to inform the development of campaign messaging and strategy. Comments are due by March 3, 2023.
Jan 31, 2023 - The Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for certain medical devices related to the Orthopoxvirus (mpox) public health emergency. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
Jan 30, 2023 - Highlights two programs on the Cherokee Nation reservation: a domestic violence shelter that provides a variety of the victim services, and the Cherokee Nation Harm Reduction Program, which offers syringe services to reduce drug use and keep clients healthier by preventing the transmission of blood-borne infections.
Jan 30, 2023 - Notice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking comment on revised draft guidance titled "Recommendations for Evaluating Donor Eligibility Using Individual Risk-Based Questions to Reduce the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products; Draft Guidance for Industry." The draft guidance provides blood establishments that collect blood or blood components, including Source Plasma, with FDA's revised donor deferral recommendations for individuals with increased risk for transmitting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The FDA now recommends assessing donor eligibility using gender-inclusive, individual risk-based questions relevant to HIV risk. Comments are due by March 31, 2023.
Jan 26, 2023 - Funding awards for a total of $139 million have been made to 302 tribal, urban, and Indian Health Service sites in 35 states for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. This provides diabetes prevention and treatment services for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 26, 2023 - Discusses disparities in access to breast cancer treatment between urban and rural patients, and how they might be addressed. Explores findings from a report by researchers from Cleveland Clinic that examined 2004-2012 data from the National Cancer Database.
Jan 26, 2023 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates for the week of January 12-January 18. Notes that rural areas experienced a 13% drop and metropolitan areas had a 21% increase in infection rates compared to the previous week. Death rates in rural counties were 9% lower than the prior week, but in urban areas there was a 1.3% increase. Provides a county-level data map and COVID-19 trend charts comparing rural and urban rates over time.
Jan 25, 2023 - Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical Center conducted a long-term study of 27,115 adults in 12 southeastern states, and found that adults living in rural areas have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to their urban counterparts. Rural Black men participating in the study had a 34% higher risk of heart failure compared to urban Black men.