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HEALTHCARE FOCUS — Breast thermal imaging an alternative for women who want radiation-free screening

By BECKY GILLETTE The effectiveness of mammograms has come under increased scrutiny in recent years because of studies that have shown about half of women aged 40 to 50 having an annual screening mammogram for ten years will have a false alarm, which leads to an estimated $4 billion per year in unnecessary follow-up testing. Another 20 percent of mammograms over ...

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PEYTON SMITH — Hired and non-owned automobile liability coverage

How many times do employees or business owners conduct a business activity while driving their own personal automobiles? Almost every business has to make deposits at the bank, pick up and drop off mail at the post office or pick up office supplies and materials for the business. Other businesses may require employees to travel out of town for meetings ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Southern Miss nursing student excels while battling breast cancer

The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit. The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes ...

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ALAN TURNER — Caring for the baby boomer generation

By ALAN TURNER Continuing our look at the explosive growth of the health care sector in America, it’s important to consider the whole issue of senior care as it relates to the retirement and aging of the baby boom generation. In the prior segment on the future of health care, we looked at the growth of health care in the ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — A complicated look at modern American medicine

The state of medicine in America today leaves something to be desired, whether you’re a patient or a physician. In his eye-opening second book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and heart failure specialist, details the way things stand, explains how we got here, and describes what it means to be a doctor in ...

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Ross and Yerger promotes 2

Ross and Yerger Insurance recently made two promotions. Jenny Collins has been promoted to Office Manager/Corporate Secretary after being with Ross & Yerger for 15 years. Collins attended the University of Southern Mississippi and is a native of Prentiss. Mary Kimball has been promoted to Human Resources Manager after being with Ross & Yerger for eight years. Kimball is a ...

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Hutto joins Beecher Carlson

Steele Hutto, formerly of Tupelo, recently received an Executive MBA at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and has joined Beecher Carlson and is based in Nashville. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Mississippi in 2008. Hutto has experience in the underwriting industry, most recently serving as ...

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Health care mergers alter market

By LISA MONTI  It has been a summer of mergers. Kicking off the July announcements, insurer Centene Corp. agreed to buy Health Net Inc. for $6 billion in cash and stock. Then Aetna announced its intention to merge with rival Humana in a $37 billion deal. The resulting new company would have more than 33 million members. Also in July, ...

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FOCUS ON INSURANCE — Fear the deer this time of year

By BECKY GILLETTE Deer hunting season is approaching, and with it brings the most dangerous time of the year in Mississippi for deer collisions with vehicles. Probably one of the main hobbies for men in Mississippi is deer hunting, but anyone who has had his or her vehicles smashed by a collision with a deer might wish for fewer deer in ...

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