Compared with urban hubs, rural populations tend to have less access to public health resources, less experience with syphilis and less willingness to address it because of socially conservative views.
Workers in the wellness programs self-reported healthier behavior, but saw no differences in health measures, such as improved blood sugar, how much they spent on healthcare, or how often they missed work.
This novel approach recognizes that superbugs don't remain isolated in one hospital or nursing home but move quickly through a community, said Dr. John Jernigan, who directs the CDC's office on 'healthcare-acquired infection research.
Hospitals say they're providing options to patients who have exhausted standard treatments. But critics suggest the hospitals are exploiting desperate patients and profiting from trendy but unproven treatments.