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Fighting cancer is personal; where do I sign up

My mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991 when she was 36 years old. The cancer stayed in remission until two years ago, when she was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.  She has cancer spots in her lung, in her brain, on her pancreas and on her spine.  The last two years have been a roller coaster ...

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New foundation trying to improve healthcare

Group wants to tell the story of Mississippi healtcare out there; looks for funding to make a difference The Healthcare Foundation of the Tri-State Delta has a mission to improve the health of residents in Delta communities, and that mission continues through the tough times the economy presents. “We are at the epicenter of the healthcare crisis,” said Ray Humphreys, ...

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Mississippi fighting against health problems

As we see healthcare debated on the national stage, I want to take the moment to tell you about this Tuesday’s healthcare summit with Mississippi College, as well as share some important facts about recent Mississippi healthcare legislation. This one-day summit, entitled “The Business of Healthcare,” is sponsored by the Mississippi College School of Business and features an impressive line-up ...

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Physician: Botox doing well because of recession

One practice is holding Botox parties in towns without a plastic surgeon offering the service   To trim their budgets, consumers are cutting out “extras,” but surprisingly, many aren’t putting Botox injections into that category. In this recession, business for some plastic surgeons has significantly increased. One Jackson doctor has added to his business by holding Botox parties at a ...

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Humphrey: Healthcare reform is a positive

CEO of Delta Regional Medical Center has a bird’s eye view of the realities of healthcare in Mississippi In a state with more than half a million uninsured residents, some believe any form of healthcare reform would be helpful, but others believe current legislative proposals would diminish access to healthcare providers. Ray Humphreys is the CEO of Delta Regional Medical ...

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Self exams the key to finding cancer early

Director of women’s health in Mississippi may have saved her own life with early detection of cancer   Louisa Denson has survived cancer not once but three times. She knows perhaps better than any survivor the importance of early detection, having found her first lump 23 years ago. She discovered each of the lumps by doing self exams. Her first ...

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Healthcare reform sparks debate

Lawmakers head back to Washington in September, hoping to put together worthwhile bill The third of President Obama’s major legislative initiatives is trying to get off the ground in Washington and sparking intense debate across the U.S. The healthcare reform package, like the stimulus bill and the cap and trade legislation, has seen the battle lines drawn over it as ...

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River Oaks expansion opens this week

The $45-million facility includes 50 new beds for neonatal intensive care, among other things River Oaks Hospital in Brandon will officially grow by 145,000 square feet this week. That’s when the hospitals new facility will start operating. The $45-million facility will include 50 new beds that will be used for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the hospital’s obstetrics unit ...

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Nurse practitioners staying busy

Reimbursement, education requirements are still challenges to the profession While the recession has hit many areas of the healthcare industry hard, one group is staying busy. In fact, nurse practitioners are reporting an up tick in caseloads as many Mississippians turn to them for more affordable care. Ricki Garrett, Ph.D., executive director of the Mississippi Nurses Association, said she had ...

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Watching the Swine Flu

Could it mutate into a mass killer like in 1918? As the summer grows to a close, health officials are nervously watching the progress of novel H1N1, or swine, flu. The flu, officially dubbed a pandemic June 11, had “only” killed 800 people worldwide as of the latter part of last month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a ...

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