Nov 16 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: November 16

Uninsured Patients Discharged Sooner

A new study in the Annals of Family Medicine finds that patients without insurance are more likely to be discharged from the hospital sooner than patients with insurance, regardless of the underlying medical condition. Read more on access to health care.

USDA Expands Broadband in Rural Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced funding for telephone utilities to build, expand and improve broadband in rural service territories across 15 states. “[The] funding will provide residents of these rural communities with high speed internet connections to improve healthcare and educational opportunities and connect to global markets," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Read up on rural health.

Department of Labor Urges Stores to Take Crowd Control Precautions Before Black Friday

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is encouraging major retail employers to take precautions to prevent worker injuries during Black Friday and other major sales events during the holiday season.

In 2008, a worker was trampled to death while a mob of shoppers rushed through the doors of a large store to take advantage of an after-Thanksgiving Day Black Friday sales event. Read a recent Q&A with OSHA's Assistant Secretary of Labor, David Michaels, on workplace safety.

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