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Dr. Hannah Gay to get honorary degree

Dr. Hannah Gay, professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at William Carey University’s commencement on Aug. 9. Gay will also was the speaker for the graduation ceremony, which honored graduate students on the Hattiesburg campus. Gay, a Mississippi native, received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at ...

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Anti-abortion initiatives spread across South

JACKSON — From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections of the Bible Belt. In ...

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Anti-abortion initiative misses deadline, won't be on ballot

JACKSON — Mississippians will not vote on a new ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. The sponsors of Initiative 41 missed a yesterday deadline to submit petitions to get the proposal on the November 2015 ballot, said Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office. Because the petitions were not submitted, the initiative died. The proposal ...

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New anti-abortion initiative uncertain as deadline nears

JACKSON — Organizers have little time left to push for a new Mississippi ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. Abortion opponents face a Wednesday deadline to submit petitions to put the proposed state constitutional amendment on the November 2015 ballot. It would be nearly identical to a ballot initiative that 58 percent of Mississippi voters rejected in ...

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Bryant says he will sign new abortion-restricting bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday that he looks forward to quickly signing a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. “This measure represents a great effort to protect the unborn in Mississippi,” Bryant said in a statement after House Bill 1400 passed the House 91-20 and the Senate 41-10. The bill ...

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Court of Appeals to hear arguments in abortion clinic case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments April 28 in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 Mississippi law that threatens to close the state’s only abortion clinic. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals notified attorneys of the date yesterday. The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a federal lawsuit over the law, which requires ...

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Hospital earns award for breast milk program

GULFPORT — Memorial Hospital at Gulfport’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was named as the first place winner by Medela for its breast milk programs. By facilitating and increasing human milk consumption in the NICU, Medela, a women and infant health company, recognizes breast milk programs nationwide for best practices. Memorial Hospital will receive Medela NICU products valued at $10,000. ...

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Legislators mulling new regulation on abortions

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering banning abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, halfway through a normal full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks. Exceptions would be made to prevent permanent physical damage or death of the pregnant woman, or in cases of several fetal abnormalities. Health Department statistics show 2,176 abortions were done in Mississippi in 2012, the most recent statistics available. ...

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Babies sleeping safer as SIDS rate plummets

While a lot of the headlines on the health care front in Mississippi is bad to really bad, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting some good news. The number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths in Mississippi has declined by more than half from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, the state reported 21 SIDS deaths, a ...

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Got mother's milk? Forrest General meets demand with depot

While most are familiar with hospitals’ constant struggle to maintain their supply of blood, many are unaware that health care facilities also face a challenge when it comes to another life-sustaining liquid — human milk. Demand for donor human milk in hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) continues to rise. Supply of donor milk has been falling short. And, one Mississippi ...

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