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Moving forward

New $2.7-million medical park, wellness center part new construction, improvements At a time when some hospitals are struggling with financial and staffing issues, the Singing River Health System is thriving. Based in Pascagoula, the system includes Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital. The system is moving forward with a new $22.7-million medical park and wellness center in Pascagoula and ...

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Filling a nursing need

MC’s new PA program may help with statewide shortage The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that by 2020 the U.S. will have a shortage of family practitioners that could exceed 40,000. In Mississippi, the Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants thinks it can fill the void. Currently, there are 100 practicing physician’s assistants in Mississippi, according to number provided by ...

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Poll: Americans split on health care repeal

WASHINGTON — First it was President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that divided the nation. Now it’s the Republican cry for repeal. An Associated Press-GfK poll found likely voters evenly split on whether the law should be scrapped or retooled to make even bigger changes in the way Americans get their health care. Tea party enthusiasm for repeal has failed ...

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College Board scraps plan to increase requirements

JACKSON — The state College Board has abandoned a plan to increase course requirements for Mississippi’s public universities. The universities had planned to increase the number of required high school courses – mostly with advanced classes – from 15.5 to 19.5 for high school students graduating in 2012. Education leaders believe that requiring courses like calculus and physics would better ...

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Federal biomedical research director, UMMC grad, lectures Friday

Source: UMMC press release JACKSON — One of the nation’s top scientists and director of the federal agency charged with mobilizing production of last year’s H1N1 flu vaccine, the largest amount in U.S. history, will give the University of Mississippi School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences 2010 Research Day Distinguished Alumni Lecture on Friday. Dr. Robin Robinson received ...

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Natchez hospital gets OK for heart services

NATCHEZ — State health officials have approved plans by Natchez Regional Medical Center to reopen its catheterization lab. The state approved the plans Tuesday. NRMC officials have said that with the approval the hospital can have heart testing services patient-ready by late November. The services had not been offered at NRMC since 2007. Natchez Community Hospital dropped its opposition to ...

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UnitedHealth's 3Q profit rises 23 percent

INDIANAPOLIS — Insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Tuesday its third-quarter profit jumped 23 percent, propelled in part by premium growth, enrollment gains and moderate health care use. The Minnetonka, Minn., managed care company also raised its 2010 profit expectation for the second time this year. It now expects earnings per share to range from $3.85 to $3.95, up from a ...

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Calif. first to OK insurance exchange per health care reform

State exchange plans must be approved by Jan. 1, 2013 Source: amednews.com WASHINGTON — California has become the first state to create a health insurance marketplace as envisioned under the national health reform law. “Every state is going to have to have some sort of legislative action on this,” said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, chair of the Health Insurance ...

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Study: Obesity care costs twice previous estimates

ATLANTA – New research suggests that almost 17 percent of medical costs in the U.S. can be blamed on obesity. It suggests that the nation’s weight problem may be having close to twice the impact as previously estimated. The new study pegs annual obesity-related costs around $168 billion. The new research was done by John Cawley of Cornell University and ...

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6 projects underway at Biloxi VA hospital

BILOXI- – Six major expansion projects costing $150 million are in progress at the Veterans Affairs hospital complex in Biloxi. Officials expect much the work to be completed next year, according to The Sun Herald. The Biloxi complex, built in the 1930s, has taken on more patients since the Gulfport Veterans Affairs hospital closed just after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. ...

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