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Workplace injuries/illnesses decline

Non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers in 2008 occurred at a rate of 3.9 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, a decline from 4.2 cases in 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Similarly, the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2008 declined to 3.7 million cases, compared to four million cases in 2007. ...

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Health Department awards CONs

MERIDIAN and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has awarded certificates of need (CONs) to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 
Jackson and Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. University of Mississippi Medical Center has received CON authority for the renovation of the surgical short stay unit on the campus of the existing hospital in Jackson. ...

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Kosciusko doctor will carry Olympic torch

Kosciusko family doctor Timothy Alford will carry an Olympic torch at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in February. Alford, 53, said the honor is both humbling and overwhelming. Alford was selected by Coca-Cola, a sponsor for the Olympic Torch Relay, in recognition of his dedication to promote healthy, active lifestyles and civic engagement in his community. An avid runner, ...

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Forum focuses on proposed healthcare reform

JACKSON — Ways businesses can lower insurance premium costs and potential state challenges from Washington healthcare reform were the subjects of the Business of Health Care forum hosted by the Mississippi College School of Business Tuesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Companies that invest money in preventative care for employees save in the long run, said Bill Lee, CEO of ...

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Leaders voice healthcare bill opposition

JACKSON and WASHINGTON — Current healthcare reform proposals debated in the U.S. Congress would raise health insurance rates for Mississippi families and businesses and push affordable healthcare out of reach, Gov. Haley Barbour wrote in a letter to all members of Mississippi’s Congressional delegation Oct. 27. Barbour cited an analysis by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association of a U.S. Senate ...

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Program pushes downtown walking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — From the hills of Northeast Mississippi to the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf Coast, residents from across the state are invited to bring their most comfortable shoes and go walking. Sponsored by the Main Street Mississippi Association (MSMA), the second annual "Let’s Go Walkin’ Down Main Street Mississippi" will be celebrated in 27 Magnolia State communities Oct. ...

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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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