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How Hospitals Can Tackle The Maternal Mortality Crisis
Nov 6, 2018 - Discusses maternal mortality trends in the U.S. and features an interview with one of the authors of a recent essay in the New England Journal of Medicine arguing that preparing for three common complications during childbirth can make a significant difference in these numbers. Touches on the increased difficulty for rural providers with fewer resources.
Source: NPR
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Your ZIP Code Determines Your Life Expectancy, But Not in These 7 Places
Nov 1, 2018 - Statistically, where you live says a lot about your health and life expectancy. Details 7 places, including some rural locations, that seem to disrupt this trend either with extremely high or low estimated life expectancy or with demographic characteristics not aligning with the county's life expectancy rates as they typically would.
Source: Governing
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Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids
Oct 26, 2018 - Details a new University of Michigan study which found that older male doctors in the South and in rural Western states are prescribing high numbers of sedatives and opioids to seniors. The highest intensity prescribing was in Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, and Louisiana. The study seems to indicate that these doctors are medicating older patients' distress, but potentially contributing to the shorter life expectancy in these areas.
Source: Forbes
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US Health Chief Says Overdose Deaths Beginning to Level Off
Oct 23, 2018 - Discusses comments from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on opioid overdose death rates. While not yet decreasing, preliminary numbers suggest that opioid death rates are increasing at a slower rate, which could be a sign that efforts to address the opioid crisis are beginning to work.
Source: Associated Press
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How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation
Oct 17, 2018 - Reports on the growing impact that fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are having on the opioid crisis, challenges in detecting fentanyl, and the dangers it poses due to its lethality and role in overdose outbreaks.
Source: Stateline
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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Death Rates Up for 5 of the 12 Leading Causes of Death
Sep 20, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics released an annual report on the health of the nation, Health, United States, 2017. Included in this report is an in-depth special feature on mortality in America, closely examining drug overdoses, suicides, and chronic liver disease because they have contributed to life expectancy drops in recent years.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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