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2010-01-12 18:44:59

Unintentional suffocation of infants twice as common in rural areas The death rate from injuries in rural areas of China is higher than in urban areas, according to a new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy. Rural males of all ages were 47 percent more likely to die from injuries than urban males, and the overall rate in rural females was 33 percent higher than in urban females. For babies under one year of age,...

2009-12-02 18:31:08

For many people "rural" is synonymous with low incomes, limited economic opportunity, and poor schools. However, a recent study at the University of Illinois found that much of rural America is actually prosperous, particularly in the Midwest and Plains. Note: High resolution digital files of maps and a photo are available for use with this article at http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/news/News_Photos/prosperity/ The study analyzed unemployment rates, poverty rates, high school drop-out rates, and...

2009-08-18 16:22:51

A U.S. Department of Agriculture study released Tuesday linked economic success in rural communities to broadband Internet access. The study, Broadband Internet's Value for Rural America, compared employment growth and non-farm earnings in various communities, and tied that data to the time the communities were first able to access the Internet with broadband connections. Highlighted by access to on line educational opportunities, telemedicine and telehealth, rural America has shared in the...

2009-06-30 09:27:00

Online map identifies rural areas with most driving fatalities in time for July 4th travel MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rural transportation safety experts at the University of Minnesota today launched a new national service to help drivers identify the most dangerous portions of upcoming trips as drivers hit the nation's roads for the Fourth of July holiday, which is considered the most dangerous travel day of the year. SafeRoadMaps.org is a service...

2009-06-02 11:29:41

An infectious disease striking a large city may seem like a disastrous scenario -- millions of people sharing apartment buildings, crammed on buses and trains and brushing past one another on crowded sidewalks. A group of Kansas State University engineers is finding that a truly disastrous epidemic scenario could also take place in the wide-open spaces of the Great Plains. Caterina Scoglio, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is leading an Epicenter research project...

2009-05-21 13:10:00

WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has provided $215 million in competitive funding to improve services specifically designed for Veterans in rural and highly rural areas. "This funding signals a substantial expansion of services addressing the health care needs of our rural Veterans," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki said. "These funds will allow VA to establish new outpatient clinics, expand collaborations with federal and...

2009-03-25 08:00:00

The Rural Mobile Broadband Alliance Seeks Widespread Adoption of Rights THE HILLS, Texas, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rural Mobile Broadband Alliance, RuMBA USA, today announced the Broadband Bill of Rights, containing five key guiding principles in the debate over broadband connectivity in rural and underserved areas, following the adoption of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to RuMBA's Managing Director, Luisa Handem, the "American Broadband Bill of Rights"...

2009-02-18 09:14:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 'Help is Here Express' bus tour will be stopping in Texas throughout the week of February 23-27 at various cities throughout the state in order to help uninsured and financially-struggling Texans access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. With unemployment rates in Texas having risen for seven straight months, standing today at 6 percent, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) is...

2008-12-29 11:25:00

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The idyllic vision of life in the country is a dream for many who imagine rolling hills, beautiful streams and a leisurely pace. But West Virginia University researchers question that scenic tableau in a study showing that injuries requiring hospitalization occur at much higher rates in rural areas. "The perception is that life in rural areas is peaceful, tranquil, serene," said Jeffrey H. Coben, M.D., a professor in the WVU Injury...

2008-12-26 22:03:45

Country life may provide scenic tableaus but a U.S. study found injuries requiring hospitalization occur at much higher rates in rural areas than elsewhere. West Virginia University researchers analyzed all reported injuries of people who were admitted to U.S. hospitals for treatment in 2004. They found hospitalization rates for injuries were 35 percent higher in sparsely populated rural counties and 27 percent higher in more populated rural counties. The perception is that life in rural...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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