Washington, DC - Today, on National Rural Health Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $10 million in grants through two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs to improve access to health care for rural Americans across the nation. The Secretary also highlighted initiatives created by the Affordable Care Act that specifically address critical health needs in rural communities.

Washington, DC - Nine in 10 adults who drink too much alcohol are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The study appears today in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

West Lafayette, Indiana - On Target Laboratories LLC and Purdue University are clinically investigating optical imaging technology that could "light up" cancer cells and help surgeons remove more cancerous tissue than previously possible during surgical procedures.

San Diego, California - The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "Because a diagnosis of mesothelioma frequently comes out of the blue, most victims and/or their family members we talk to are desperately looking for information about treatment options, compensation possibilities, and more.

Washington, DC - The State Department, using protocols developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is facilitating the medical evacuation of a U.S. lawful permanent resident from Sierra Leone to the United States for treatment for Ebola virus.

Los Angeles, California - New research from Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) bolsters evidence that exposure to tobacco smoke and near-roadway air pollution contribute to the development of obesity.