Tag: rural medicine

Many Americans Resuming Pre-Virus Activities

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during...

Big Gaps in Vaccine Rates Across the US Worry Health Experts

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A steady crowd of people flowed into the New England Patriots’...

Will Michigan’s Conservative Outposts Keep Pandemic Rolling?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. When Kathryn Watkins goes shopping these days, she doesn’t bring her...

Feds Let Illinois Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

The federal government has approved a request by Illinois to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to a full year from the current standard of 60 days....

The Water Was Bad Before COVID, Now Trust Is Hard to Win Back

On any given day, you might find Brenda Hampton driving around rural Lawrence County in Alabama with her truck bed weighed down with pallets of...

Rural Women Receive Antibiotics for Longer Than Necessary for UTIs

Women living in rural areas were significantly more likely than were those in urban areas to receive inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for urinary tract infections, based...

How the CARES Act Forgot America’s Most Vulnerable Hospitals

A federal economic relief package passed by Congress in March promised to provide a lifeline for hospitals, particularly those in rural communities where many facilities...

South Has High Rate of Unreported COVID Deaths, Study Says

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Southern states have higher rates of unreported COVID-related deaths than other...

Deep South Falls Behind in COVID Vaccine Drive

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Walgreens pharmacist Chris McLaurin prepares to vaccinate Lakandra McNealy, a Harmony...

Childhood Smoking and Depression Impact Young Adult Opioid Use

Depression and tobacco use in childhood significantly increased the risk for opioid use in young adults, according to data from a prospective study of approximately...

Residency Report Shows New Specialty Data, USMLE Score Changes

The annual residency report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reveals characteristics of medical school graduates and residents, including specialty insights, test scores,...

COVID-19 Ranks as Leading Cause of Death in US

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. COVID-19 became a leading cause of death in the U.S. in...

What Happened When the Only ER Doctor in a Rural Town Got COVID

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Kurt Papenfus is the lone full-time emergency room doctor in Cheyenne...

Trump’s Lame-Duck Status Leaves Governors to Wing It on COVID

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Not long after the world learned that President Donald Trump had...

Situation ‘Dire’ as COVID Spike in West, Midwest Worsens: Experts

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Coronavirus infections are expected to continue to climb in the upper...

Primary Care Workforce Expanding, but Mostly in Cities

The number of primary care providers is increasing per capita in the United States, but they are still disproportionately concentrated in urban centers, researchers say....

Months Into the Pandemic, 16 States Don’t Mandate Mask Use. Why?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Nils Hase, a retiree who lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida, is...

California Joins Movement to Give NPs Practice Autonomy

The national movement to grant nurse practitioners (NPs) greater autonomy reached critical mass this week when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will...

College Coronavirus Testing Plans Are All Over the Map

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. University of Illinois graduate student Kristen Muñoz submits her saliva sample...

California’s Data Failures Stymie Efforts to Curb the Virus

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The failure of California’s infectious disease monitoring system for a stretch...

Politicians and Business Interests Are Controlling Reopening

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Back in April, when public health officials were still helping lead...

The Wheels on the Bus Take Lung Cancer Screening to Rural Areas

A bus converted into a mobile CT screening unit has been reaching high-risk individuals in underserved rural counties in Appalachia areas who may have otherwise...

Few Claims Made by Physicians for Uninsured COVID Care: HHS

A senior official at the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) said the agency has received far fewer claims than expected from clinicians...

Hollowed-Out Public Health System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. A Salt...

US Rural Stroke Care: Still Room for Improvement

Rural areas in the United States are beginning to close gaps in acute stroke care but disparities in revascularization and outcomes between rural and urban...