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Rural Unintentional Injuries: They’re Not Accidents – They’re Preventable

image of words related to unintentional injury


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 MMWR Rural Series has featured several reports highlighting rural unintentional injuries as one of the top 5 leading causes of death. What are these “unintentional injuries”? How often are rural residents killed by them? Here’s a look at the three leading causes of rural unintentional injuries.

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November 28, 2017

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

The Ebola Response

Argues that people underestimate the risk posed by familiar dangers and overreact to strange and foreign hazards.

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November 18, 2014

Smokers Butt Out in Iowa County

Taylor Still


High schoolers in Iowa’s Ringgold County successfully campaigned to ban smoking from public parks, bringing new awareness to the prevalence of tobacco use there.

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November 19, 2012

Local Programs Help Patients Navigate Medical Care

Dorothy McMichael, lay navigator


A look at patient navigator programs in four states: a statewide program in Georgia; a program in Kentucky for cervical cancer patients; a promotores program in Texas for chronic conditions; and a coordinated care program for cancer patients in Vermont.

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May 17, 2012