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Rural Health Disparities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Despite Showing Interest, Vulnerable Populations Lack Sufficient Clinical Trial Information
Mar 16, 2018 - Underserved populations, including people who live in rural areas, are also often underrepresented in clinical trials and biobanking, which can be a barrier to developing effective treatments. Data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting indicates that while underserved people are generally open to participation, there are still barriers like transportation and a lack of information.
Source: Cancer Updates, Research and Education
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A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies
Feb 22, 2018 - Highlights a new study which found a correlation between the integration and acceptance of midwives into obstetrical care and improved maternal and infant outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care. Details the history of the United States' move away from midwifery as well as the growing acceptance of nurse-midwives and the impact they could potentially have in addressing racial health disparities and care shortages in rural and low-income communities.
Source: ProPublica
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Infant Death Rates Are Higher in Rural America - but Not for All Causes
Feb 16, 2018 - Details the results of a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics on the five leading causes of infant death and how these mortality rates vary in rural and urban areas. Although rural infant deaths have been higher for some time, this is the first breakdown by causes, and reveals that for the most recent data, rural rates were only higher for three of these five causes.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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Last Updated: 3/19/2018