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NMMC-Tupelo names new president

February 26, 2015

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TUPELO — David Wilson, the current president of Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabaster, Alabama, has been named president of the North Mississippi Medical Center. Wilson will begin his new job on March 30 in Tupelo. The 50-year-old Wilson is the southern market leader for the Birmingham-based Baptist Health System, a four-hospital system. Before joining Baptist […]

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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

February 16, 2015

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health […]

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Six hospitals in the region combine to create the new Merit Health system

January 30, 2015

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JACKSON — Six hospitals in the Jackson/Vicksburg region, all affiliated with Community Health Systems, have formed as a single regional healthcare system, Merit Health. The member hospitals have been known as Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, River Oaks Hospital and Woman’s Hospital in Flowood, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon, Madison River Oaks Medical Center […]

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Nunnelee hospitalized with ‘small abnormality’ on brain

May 9, 2014

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WASHINGTON — Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee is in a Washington, D.C., hospital after initially suffering nausea and fatigue. WTVA-TV reports Nunnelee, a Republican from Tupelo, went to the hospital Wednesday after consulting with the House attending physician. In a statement, Nunnelee says an MRI later showed a small abnormality on the right side of his […]

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Report: Mississippians have sick minds

March 11, 2014

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A new study just released puts Mississippi dead last in the U.S. when it comes to brains. The 2014 America’s Brain Health Index reveals which areas of the country have progressed, held their own or lost ground in taking measures to improve their brain health over the last three years. Mississippi retains the lowest position […]

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Uncle Ben’s recalls rice product

February 11, 2014

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GREENVILLE — Following reports of illness among several teachers and schoolchildren in Texas, Greenville’s Mars Foodservices U.S. has issued a voluntary recall of its Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice sold to wholesale suppliers, the Delta Democrat Times reports. The recall does not affect Uncle Ben’s ready-to-heat, boxed, bag and cup products, which are sold in supermarkets […]

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Report: State should be spending more to keep kids tobacco-free

December 10, 2013

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A national ranking has been released that does not have Mississippi at the bottom, but the report finds the state should rank higher. Fifteen years after the 1998 state tobacco settlement, Mississippi ranks 16th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released […]

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Babies sleeping safer as SIDS rate plummets

October 15, 2013

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While a lot of the headlines on the health care front in Mississippi is bad to really bad, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting some good news. The number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths in Mississippi has declined by more than half from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, the state […]

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USDA grant aimed at improving health of Delta clinic

October 11, 2013

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One of the most pressing needs in the Mississippi Delta is adequate health care, and a recent federal grant will hopefully help a facility in Leland better serve the community. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $900,000 grant to the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) for renovations to the Leland Medical Clinic. Alliance CEO […]

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U.S. could save $158 billion in 10 years through weight loss

October 1, 2013

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In a 2012 study by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that if obesity trends fell as a result of reducing the average adult body mass index (BMI) by 5 percent, millions of Americans could be spared from serious health problems and the country could save $29.8 billion in […]

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