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UMMC offering first nurse residency program

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s hospitals are offering new nurses a one-year residency program to help nursing graduates adjust to the stressful daily grind of frontline healthcare. According to UMMC, they are the first hospitals in the state to offer this program. The Nurse Residency Program is a concept established by the University HealthSystem Consortium and the ...

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Cardiology Services expands into Bay Springs

BAY SPRINGS — Cardiology Services, a joint venture of Hattiesburg Clinic Cardiology and Forrest General Hospital, recently opened Cardiology Bay Springs, a service created to provide cardiac care for Bay Springs residents. Cardiology Bay Springs is staffed by Hattiesburg Clinic cardiologists Joseph A. Proli, M.D.; Wassim E. Mouannes, M.D.; and Bassam K. Mechleb, M.D. The cardiologists are seeing patients at ...

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Officials hope to close hospital sale next month

OXFORD — The City of Oxford, Lafayette County and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. hope finalize the sale of the local hospital to Baptist by July 31. The Oxford Eagle reports that the sale will allow Baptist to get paperwork filed with the Mississippi Department of Health, which must approve construction of a new hospital. Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health ...

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Report: Delta residents' life expectancy short

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — New analysis finds the average life expectancy in counties and parishes across the Delta region trail the national average by four years for men and two years for women, according to the Clarksdale-based Delta Regional Authority. The data, which provides county-by-county analysis of life expectancy figures reported by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the ...

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Ole Miss grants patent rights to ChromaDex

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi has granted ChromaDex Corp. the exclusive worldwide patent rights to a potential new therapeutic use for pterostilbene as an anxiolytic or anti-anxiety agent. ChromaDex pTeroPure is an ultra-pure formulation of pterostilbene, a compound found in blueberries and demonstrated to have multiple health benefits. Irvine, Calif.-based ChromaDex previously licensed two patents from UM that focus ...

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FDA approves Cypress' new cold medicines

MADISON — Cypress Pharmaceutical announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug application (NDA) for Zutripro (hydrocodone bitartrate, chlorpheniramine maleate and pseudoephedrine HCl) Oral Solution (CIII) and Rezira (hydrocodone bitartrate and pseudoephedrine HCl) Oral Solution (CIII). Both products are indicated for the relief of cough and symptoms associated with the common cold. Zutripro and Rezira Oral ...

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Health Department investigating shigellosis outbreak

LAUDERDALE COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is investigating an increase in cases of shigellosis originating in Lauderdale County. Shigellosis is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Shigella bacteria. The most common symptoms are diarrhea (sometimes bloody), fever and stomach cramps. Shigellosis usually goes away on its own in a few days and rarely requires hospitalization. Shigella ...

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Business school, UMMC offering new master's degree

OXFORD and JACKSON — The University of Mississippi School of Business Administration and University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Health Related Professions is seeking charter students for a new online master’s degree program in healthcare administration. The program is designed for full-time students, with online instruction as the primary method of content delivery. Courses are offered for the fall, ...

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Physician blames attorneys for fraud conviction

JACKSON — A Jackson physician convicted in a $6.9-million healthcare fraud case is alleging her former attorney’s own legal problems may have kept him from providing effective representation during her April trial. Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas is awaiting sentencing in federal court. The Clarion-Ledger reports she has fired her trial attorneys, Tom Freeland IV and his wife Joyce Freeland of ...

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Chaney goes to D.C. to talk healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney and fellow members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) were in Washington, D.C., last week to confer with members of Congress about ongoing financial and health reform efforts. More than 35 state insurance regulators gathered for the NAIC Washington Forum where they were briefed by Nancy-Ann DeParle, White House deputy ...

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