Topics: Health conditions

Feasting on Rural America: The Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

Blacklegged tick

Photo credit: James Gathany,
CDC Public Health Image Library


Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses have become the most prolific zoonotic diseases in our nation. Because of their proximity to tick environments, rural areas are more susceptible. In this article, we hear from a Lyme disease patient, a scientist, psychiatrist, nonprofit leader, and a medical doctor about the spread and what’s being done about it.

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May 17, 2017

New CDC Series Looks at Rural Health Topics

CDC MMWR Rural Health Series webpage


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will focus on rural health issues in a special series of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that will run throughout 2017. Learn about the impetus for the series, topics that will be featured, and upcoming webinars to share findings from the series.

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February 22, 2017

Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds

Dr. McKnight teaching the Fit for Life course


A unique wellness program in rural Ohio has impacted nearly 2,000 adults. Participants of Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life program have reversed their diabetes, lowered cholesterol, lost weight, and are even sleeping better. The secret lies in Dr. Timothy McKnight’s curriculum that centers around a change of mindset to spur long-term physical health.

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August 24, 2016

Socioeconomic Policy Is Health Policy

The United States spends more on medical care and less on social services than other developed countries, yet social services can be just as important to health outcomes.

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February 12, 2014

Health Care Integration Offers Multiple Benefits

Sheila Brijade, DDS, pediatric dentist welcomes a new patient


As healthcare reform encourages integration of healthcare to treat the patient as a whole, behavioral health and oral care are being integrated into primary care practices around the country.

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November 18, 2013

The Limits of Medical Care

We need new approaches to keeping people healthy, instead of trying to heal them after they get sick.

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November 18, 2013