Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

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Nurse practitioners fill void in state health care

by Lynn Lofton Published: February 1,2013

Tags: Delta, hospitals, Mississippi, Mississippi Nurses Association, nursing, nursing shortage

The number of nurse practitioners is increasing in Mississippi. Their role in health care is also increasing as these highly trained nursing professionals are specializing and giving patients a higher level of care. According to Gayle Harrell, president of the Mississippi Nurses Association, there are 3,300 advanced practicing nurses and approximately 2,800 to 2,900 of […] [...]

A game-changer in the game of life

Mississippi is once again at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine with the significant milestone of the country’s first drug eluting bioabsorbable vascular scaffold placed in the heart artery of a patient at the North Mississippi Medical Center Heart Institute in late December 2012. The device for opening blocked arteries to restore blood flow to the […] [...]

Hospital helicopter transports are saving lives

by Becky Gillette Published: February 1,2013

Tags: Air Care, air rescue, helicopters, UMMC

Transporting critically ill or injured patients by helicopter from hospital to hospital or from the scene of an accident is commonplace in Mississippi’s urban centers and rural communities. Today about a dozen helicopters operate in Mississippi, flying heart transplant recipients, accident victims and premature babies to lifesaving care. The service is available throughout the state […] [...]

The color you eat can keep you healthier

by Contributing Columnist Published: February 1,2013

Tags: diet, groceries, health & wellness, Melinda Duffie, vegetables

How many times growing up did your mom tell you to eat your vegetables whether you liked them or not? Perhaps you had to clean your plate before you were excused from the table, too. Now that you are an adult you realize that your mom was trying to promote healthy eating. New information is […] [...]

Concussion regulation bills likely to be filed again

by Clay Chandler Published: December 14,2012

Tags: brain injuries, concussion tests, football, student athletics

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 […] [...]

UMMC hoping to enlist young athletes for new baseline concussion test

by Clay Chandler Published: December 14,2012

Tags: brain injury, concussion tests, University of Mississippi Medical Center

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. […] [...]

Hunter continues his passion after recovering from stroke

by For the MBJ Published: December 14,2012

Tags: disability, Methodist Outpatient Rehabilitation, stroke patients

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, […] [...]

Physician workforce office assists residency program

by For the MBJ Published: December 14,2012

Tags: Diane Beebe, Mississippi Physician Workforce, physician assitant progrma

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 […] [...]

Enjoy – don’t regret – those holiday parties

by For the MBJ Published: December 14,2012

Tags: Christmas parties, diet, health & wellness, holiday food

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 […] [...]

Not all embrace electronic health record law

by Becky Gillette Published: December 14,2012

Tags: Affordable Care Act, healthcare reform, Obamacare

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 […] [...]

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