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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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GOT FLU?

State’s supply of seasonal flu vaccine looking good — for now It is still a little early in the game, but for now it looks as if there should be no problems with the supply of seasonal flu vaccine for 2009-2010. Certainly nothing from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) hints that the vaccine supply will not meet ...

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High school ritual may be fading away

State’s prep coaches divided on whether to continue two-a-day preseason football practices   There is probably no single thing in the Magnolia State as universally beloved as football. Players and coaches at every level of the sport will begin season preparations soon. Preseason practice at Mississippi High Schools started Monday. This will be the first football season since the National ...

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Safety guidelines factor in preventing surgical errors

If you’ve ever been on an operating table and wanted the attending nurses and physicians to make one last safety checklist to make sure they have the correct patient and procedure, you’re not alone. As of July 1, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has issued new guidelines aimed at reducing surgical errors. That organization is just ...

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