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Martin moving north

Steve Martin has been named head of Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center. He currently serves as the director of the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, where he has been an administrator since 2008. Martin began his career with MSU in 1997 as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Agricultural Economics. After attaining ...

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Concussion regulation bills likely to be filed again

Officials in University of Mississippi Medical Center will again support legislation that establishes guidelines for how to treat concussions in youth sports and requires concussion education among coaches and officials. Three different bills that would have done that died in committee during the 2012 session. Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, authored one of the bills. He said it was his understanding ...

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UMMC hoping to enlist young athletes for new baseline concussion test

University of Mississippi Medical Center is taking advantage of a new use for an old piece of equipment to spark a campaign for young athletes to participate in a new concussion test. Using a Computerized Dynamic Posturography device, which resembles an empty refrigerator, doctors can get an idea of an athlete’s normal equilibrium and balance. If and when that athlete ...

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One year after vote, here are the results

Just prior to the state elections of 2011, I wrote a column to discuss using a scoreboard to judge how well our state leadership has done during a particular term in office. Well, here we are just more than a year removed from those elections. So now seems to be a good time to look and see how we, as ...

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Funding PERS will be up to departments in 2013

Directors of state departments and agencies must find a way to pay for a 10.4 percent increase in the employer share of the PERS of Mississippi retirement starting in July. Legislators have withheld the approximately $62 million needed to pay for the increased share of the retirement fund and left department heads to sift through their budgets to find the ...

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Lt. Gov. Reeves says he will back ‘reasonable and rational' bond bill

The Mississippi Legislature will end its one-year bond bill moratorium in 2013, provided the spending levels and project priority lists largely mirror those contained in the Senate bond bill shelved in the closing days of the last session. That’s the prediction of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who kabashed the 2012 bill over displeasure with attempts by the House of Representatives ...

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Hunter continues his passion after recovering from stroke

When Bill Meador began transforming his Hickory farm into a hunter’s paradise, he built one shooting house with a wheelchair ramp. He wanted to make sure guests with disabilities had a prime place to hunt. “There’s a heater in there, food plots nearby and you can look in three different directions,” he said. Of course, he never expected to be ...

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Physician workforce office assists residency program

A budding venture to put more physicians to work in Mississippi has scored its first triumph with the potential of a new family medicine residency program, only the third of its kind in the state. Dr. Diane Beebe, interim director of the newly formed Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce, announced that Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg has submitted documents for ...

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Enjoy – don’t regret – those holiday parties

By Melinda Duffie What’s the number one problem we all face during the holiday season? It is gaining weight! The average weight gain during the holidays is seven to 12 pounds. This is no surprise with the bombardment of food advertising on television and magazines covers displaying decadent desserts and recipes. Then, there is all the food that lingers in ...

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Not all embrace electronic health record law

While physicians and medical practices are eligible for federal grants to institute electronic health records, not everyone is convinced that it will make for a better medical practice. Dr. Dwalia S. South, North Mississippi Primary Care in Ripley, who has been transitioning to EHRs in the past six months, describes it as one of the most painful experiences of her ...

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