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Swine flu claims another life

DESOTO COUNTY — Since August 29, 2009, the beginning of the 2009-2010 flu season, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 22 influenza-related deaths in Mississippi. The latest death is a female child in DeSoto County. Since the beginning of flu season, deaths have been reported in Jones (four), Jackson (two), Tate (two), Washington (two), Alcorn, Covington, DeSoto, Hancock, ...

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Supreme Court declines nursing home case

CLEVELAND — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Tennessee company rebuffed in its efforts to move 75 skilled nursing home beds from Cleveland to DeSoto County. The state Court of Appeals had ruled last April for the City of Cleveland in the dispute. The Appeals Court reversed a 2008 ruling by DeSoto County judge ...

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Judge throws out discrimination lawsuit

GREENWOOD — A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit against Greenwood Leflore Hospital and Leflore County Supervisor Robert Moore. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock said yesterday there was not enough evidence to connect Moore to the hospital board’s decision to fire George Dulin, the longtime white attorney for the hospital. The 84-year-old Dulin tells The Greenwood Commonwealth that he ...

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Pelosi: Healthcare reform votes not there

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that she lacks the votes to quickly move the Senate’s sweeping health overhaul bill through the House, a potentially devastating blow to President Barack Obama’s signature issue. Pelosi, D-Calif., made the comment to reporters after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting at which participants vented frustration with the Senate’s massive version of the ...

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Democrats lose Kennedy's former seat

BOSTON — A year to the day after his inauguration, Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are suddenly scrambling to save his signature health care overhaul and somehow rediscover their political magic after an epic loss in the Massachusetts Senate race. Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to beat Democrat Martha Coakley. The loss was a stunning ...

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New healthcare publication to be released

STARKVILLE — A new publication offering information on access to healthcare in Mississippi’s 82 counties will be released this month by a research center based at Mississippi State University (MSU). “Listening to Mississippi’s Needs: Assessing Our Health Workforce 2010” was published by the Mississippi Center for Health Workforce, located at MSU’s Social Science Research Center. Lynne Cossman, an associate professor ...

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Two in running for UMMC post

JACKSON — Two finalists have been named in the search for a new vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The finalists include one internal and one external candidate. They are Dr. Robert C. Robbins, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, ...

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Hospitals Cope During Water Crisis

By Stephen McDill and Amy McCullough Jackson metro area hospitals have been coping during this week’s water crisis, some of them postponing elective surgeries or transferring procedures to other locations. Baptist Medical Center, a 642-bed facility near downtown Jackson, canceled elective surgeries this week but operated all emergency care as usual. “Water pressure at Baptist is getting back to normal,” ...

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Dr. Mary Currier Named State Health Officer

JACKSON, Miss. – In its regular quarterly meeting today, the Mississippi State Board of Health named Dr. Mary Currier to the post of State Health Officer, effective immediately. Currier will serve a six-year term. Dr. Currier became Interim State Health Officer early last month after the death of former State Health Officer Dr. Ed Thompson. Currier began her Mississippi State ...

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MC unveils new medical program

CLINTON — Mississippi College (MC) leaders plan to launch the state’s only physician assistant program and enroll the first students in the summer of 2011. MC expects to welcome 25 to 30 graduate students in the inaugural class. Students will attend year-round for 30 months and earn a master’s degree in medicine. Physician assistants are health professionals who practice medicine ...

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