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UMMC’s MIND Center homing in on Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment

By BECKY GILLETTE Alzheimer’s disease is devasting illness that robs victims of their memories and ability to complete simple tasks. It takes a huge toll on families and strains the healthcare system. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is the most expensive disease in America with annual costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias estimated at $277 billion. At the University ...

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Mississippi has highest childhood vaccination rates in country

By BECKY GILLETTE A recent outbreak of chickpox at the Asheville Waldoff School in North Carolina sickened 36 children and put renewed attention on allowing parents to claim exemptions to keep their child from being vaccinated. Mississippi doesn’t have nearly as many exemptions to vaccinations required to attend public school. As a result of that and a robust effort to ...

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Cehajic joins Hattiesburg Clinic Surgery

Boris Cehajic, MD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Surgery, providing surgical evaluation and treatment for a variety of health conditions and disease management. Cehajic received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La. He completed an internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn. Cehajic is a member of ...

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Crigler elected President of Mississippi Optometric Association

Dr. Amy Crigler, OD, of Starkville, has been elected the 2018-2019 president of the Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA). As president, she will lead a membership of over 240 optometrists located across the state who are dedicated to promoting the eye health and vision care of all Mississippians. Dr. Crigler, of Crigler Family Vision Center, has been a member of the ...

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MOA recognizes outstanding members for 2018

The Mississippi Optometric Association recognized six of its members at its 2018 annual Fall Conference in Jackson. The association presents the awards annually to recognize significant contributions to the profession of optometry, paraoptometry, and the general public. Dr. David Parker, O.D., of Olive Branch, was presented with the inaugural Healthcare Award for serving as an advocate for patient safety and ...

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Forrest General Hospital designated a STEMI Receiving Center

Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg has been designated as a STEMI Receiving Center by the Mississippi State Department of Health. An ST-Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a type of severe heart attack that requires immediate intervention. This designation acknowledges that Forrest General employs scientifically recognized best practices when treating STEMI patients and that the hospital has the staff and equipment ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Monopolistic practices push drug prices higher

“The high cost of prescriptions are leading many people to ration medicine or skip it altogether,” reads a story in the Clarion-Ledger. An earlier story told about an 87-year-old WWII veteran with Type 2 diabetes. His glucose test strips suddenly jumped up from $25 to $90 a box. “That’s too high,” he said. “And I don’t understand how they can ...

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US judge: Mississippi 15-week abortion ban unconstitutional

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, one of the most restrictive in the United States. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that the law “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights. “The record is clear: States may not ban abortions prior to viability,” Reeves said, citing Supreme Court rulings. The only ...

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