Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

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Transplanting legislation: New law aims at cutting wait for organ donations

by Published: March 21,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, organ donation

In 1999, fans across the globe were saddened to learn that NFL great and Mississippian Walter Payton died of a rare liver disease. In the months leading up to his death, Payton publicly advocated for organ transplants, but passed away before a donor liver could be secured. That scenario continues to play out across the […] [...]

Improving cardiovascular care in Mississippi

by Published: January 31,2014

Tags: Business, cardiocare, Mississippi

Since 1973, the Jackson Heart Clinic has been leading central Mississippi with state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. The founders were James C. Hays, M.D., James L. Crosthwait, M.D., and Quinton H. Dickerson, M.D. These physicians were also instrumental in the formation of the Mississippi Heart Institute and opening of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at St. Dominic Memorial […] [...]

20 years of health care — Mississippi Health Partners has 800 physicians, 14 hospitals in 10-county network

by Published: January 31,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi

Mississippi Health Partners, the Jackson-based managed care network, is entering its 21st year of operation in 2014, providing employers and payors with quality health care services while controlling the costs associated with those services. The company has grown to encompass approximately 800 physicians and 14 hospitals, including the two that were there in the beginning: […] [...]

Working miracles for Mississippians — State’s organ recovery agency saves lives

by Published: January 31,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, organ recovery

You don’t always get the miracles you want, said Liz Wroten, whose son, Chase Wroten, died suddenly from a massive stroke suffered while pitching for the baseball team at Hinds Community College on April 15, 2011. “We would have wanted our son to recover,” Wroten said. “But we knew he was on life support and […] [...]

Guidelines, early breast cancer detection saves lives

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: breast, Cancer, healthcare, Mississippi

» Knowing family history, maintaining healthy weight, limiting smoking and drinking all important With changing guidelines for preventing and detecting breast cancer, what’s a woman to do? There are studies by different groups that point to opposing views. For instance: some say women should have yearly mammograms after the age of 40 and others say […] [...]

UMMC researcher developing therapy to attack cancer tumors

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: breast, Business, Cancer, Mississippi, UMMC

Drazen Raucher, Ph.D., director of the graduate program in biochemistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, recently received one patent and has applied for several others for a cancer-fighting therapy he and his team have devised that targets the drug delivery directly into tumors instead of healthy tissues. In July his company, Thermally Targeted […] [...]

‘I was the chosen one’

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: breast, Business, Cancer, healthcare, Mississippi

» Survivor dedicates life to help newly diagnosed patients Stephanie Davis was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago at the age of 35. There was no family history of the disease, and Davis said after the initial shock of receiving her diagnosis, she focused on the future. “I was the chosen one,” she said. […] [...]

Targeted therapy of breast cancer shows improved outcomes

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: breast, Business, Cancer, healthcare, Mississippi

» Treatment has fewer side effects; may be wave of future Targeted therapy for treating cancer, including breast cancer tumors, is definitely the wave of the future, said Dr. Grace Shumaker, an oncologist at Jackson Oncologist Associates. The newest example of targeted therapy is related to HER-2 positive breast cancer, which represents about 20 percent […] [...]

Bringing research dollars, treatment to cancer fight

The University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute has long been a Mecca for patients who want access to cutting edge cancer treatments. And in the four years since prominent cancer researcher Dr. Lucio Miele has been at the helm as director, it is also increasingly becoming a draw for millions of dollars in cancer […] [...]

Mississippi Health Care Association turns 60

The Mississippi Health Care Association, established 60 years ago, is the state’s oldest and largest association of nursing homes, personal care homes and assisted living facilities. MHCA members care for the frail elderly, mentally disabled, veterans groups and residents who need minimum assistance with daily living. “We’re really pleased to be celebrating our 60th anniversary […] [...]

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