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Miss health officials: 3rd West Nile virus case of 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health says a Simpson County resident has the state’s third confirmed case of West Nile virus this year. Laboratories previously confirmed cases in Adams and Hinds counties. Last year, 43 people in Mississippi came down with the virus, and seven of them died. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said in Monday’s news release ...

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A new concept for Mississippi: The medical resort

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By ALAN TURNER Mississippi cardiologist Dr. Zilin Wang is bringing an interesting new concept to the Mississippi health care field: the medical resort. Just what is a medical resort? Basically, it’s a process in which Dr. Wang provides cardiovascular treatment to patients who come to Mississippi from China, and some from Japan.  These patients are generally affluent business people who ...

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Restructuring a 12-hospital system for Merit follows changing strategy in health care industry

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By LISA MONTI  In late January, six hospitals in the Jackson-Vicksburg area that are affiliated with Community Health Systems formed a single regional healthcare system named Merit Health. Five months later, the six remaining CHS-affiliated hospitals across Mississippi were folded into Merit Health, creating what is said to be the state’s largest healthcare system based on the number of facilities. ...

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More than 75,000 in Mississippi keep insurance subsidies

Jessica Ellis, right, with "yay 4 ACA" sign, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act, react with cheers as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington,Thursday June 25, 2015. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant was among several Mississippi Republican leaders who criticized the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding the tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, as he called the law “a socialist takeover of health care.” Mississippi is one of 34 states where consumers use the federal health insurance marketplace because the 34 did not create their ...

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Mississippi physicians offer olive branch on code requirements

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By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi physicians are willing to throw themselves on the mercy of the federal government as a Oct. 1 deadline nears for the implementation of a complex disease coding system they say is a disruptive threat. The system is called ICD-10. That stands for the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases. The codes have grown — ...

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UMMC medical students donate stem cells, bone marrow in the ‘Be the Match’ program

Second-year medical students John Howard, left, and Ian Mallett entered the national Be the Match program as possible bone marrow or stem cell donors. Howard matched as a stem cell contributor, Mallett as a bone marrow donor

  By LYNN LOFTON Two Mississippi medical students still have some time before completing their training, but they’re already having a positive effect on the health of others. Ian Mallett and John Howard, both second-year students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, have donated bone marrow or stem cells to individuals whose lives were threatened by leukemia. A third ...

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A humble Norman Price drives growth at Southwest Health System

Southwest Health Systems recently recognized Norman Price’s 30 years at the hospital by naming the ambulatory surgery center in his honor. At the ceremony were, from left, Dr. Will K. Austin, Price, and Barbara and Regina Lowe, who represented the late Dr. C. Foster Lowe. Austin, Price and Lowe were key in starting the center.

By LISA MONTI CEO Norman Price has guided Southwest Health System’s growth for more than 30 years, starting when it was the 160-bed Southwest Mississippi Medical Center to through its expansion into the multi-county healthcare delivery network it is today. Price’s arrival to McComb was memorable in a couple of ways. His first day on the job, Jan. 7, 1985, was ...

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Walnut, Oxford earn healthy hometown honors in Mississippi

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BILOXI — Tippah County’s Walnut has earned the title of “Mississippi’s Healthiest Home Town” and a $50,000 grant. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Oxford was also recognized on Wednesday, along with Morton and Kosciusko, by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation as part of its annual program to encourage cities around the state to create healthier communities. ...

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Canton drugstore — the state’s oldest — is pioneer in walk-in video health care clinics

Nurse practitioner Heather Mangum, telehealthONE's chief nursing officer talks via computer with patient technician Jae Erickson  at the telehealthONE Canton clinic.

Mississippi’s oldest drug store is the launching pad for one of the state’s newest healthcare endeavors. Mosby’s Drug Store, founded in Canton by three Mosby brothers in 1843, is the first in a string of walk-in telehealth clinics that telehealthONE will put in rural parts of Mississippi in the coming months and years. It’s a new avenue for Mississippi-based telehealthONE ...

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First case of chikungunya virus reported in Mississippi

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JACKSON — State health officials are confirming its first case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN’-yuh) virus in a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Honduras. Last year there were eight cases of chikungunya reported in Mississippi. All were in international travelers — five to the Dominican Republic, one to Haiti, and one to Puerto Rico. Chikungunya is a risk to all travelers ...

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