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Healthy, full-term Inuit babies are not eligible for palivizumab even though they have four to 10 times the rate of hospital admission compared to “high-risk” infants. (Philippe Put/flickr)

Inuit infants need access to medication to prevent respiratory illness

A drug called palivizumab can keep babies infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) out of the hospital, but many Inuit babies, who have a higher risk of infection, are not getting it.
A welcome sign to Bristol, a small town that sits in Virginia and Tennessee, June 26, 2019. Bristol is trying to recruit doctors because the rural town is facing many of the same health care shortages of other rural towns. Sudhin Thanawala/AP Photo

Rural hospital closings reach crisis stage, leaving millions without nearby health care

Rural hospital closings have accelerated in recent years, leaving not only sick people but ghost towns in their wake. Does the failure to fix it speak to the ills of the larger health care system?
A hospital worker removing a plaque from Sac-Osage Hospital, which closed its doors in 2015. Orlin Wagner/AP

Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

Repeal and replacement of Obamacare would hurt rural health care, causing closure of hospitals and physician practices. What does this mean for a group of people whom Donald Trump has pledged to help?
A client receives HIV/AIDS counseling at a women and children’s hospital in Nigeria. These facilities are not always available in rural areas. Flickr/ Karen Kasmauski/MCSP

Nigeria wants to decentralise HIV treatment. But it’s proving difficult

Effectively decentralising HIV and AIDS treatment services helps to improve universal health care. But in Nigeria this approach comes with many challenges.

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