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Mississippi has highest childhood vaccination rates in country

By BECKY GILLETTE A recent outbreak of chickpox at the Asheville Waldoff School in North Carolina sickened 36 children and put renewed attention on allowing parents to claim exemptions to keep their child from being vaccinated. Mississippi doesn’t have nearly as many exemptions to vaccinations required to attend public school. As a result of that and a robust effort to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Monopolistic practices push drug prices higher

“The high cost of prescriptions are leading many people to ration medicine or skip it altogether,” reads a story in the Clarion-Ledger. An earlier story told about an 87-year-old WWII veteran with Type 2 diabetes. His glucose test strips suddenly jumped up from $25 to $90 a box. “That’s too high,” he said. “And I don’t understand how they can ...

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Bryant wants appeal of ruling on abortion ban

Gov. Phil Bryant is signaling that he wants to appeal a ruling striking down an abortion law that would have been one of the most restrictive in the country.The measure sought to ban most abortions after 15 weeks.U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Tuesday that the measure violated women’s constitutional rights and U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Spokesman Knox Graham told ...

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A Gulfport hospital is saving hundreds of endangered turtles

Imagine swallowing a hook with a large weight attached to it. Imagine spending months with that hook inside you while you try to carry on with your life. That happens to sea turtles on a regular basis when they take a fisherman’s bait. Lucky for them, there is someone here to help. Located on the industrial Canal in Gulfport, the ...

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Mississippi youth obesity rate remains worst among states

New government data show Mississippi young people aren’t getting fatter, but remain the fattest nationwide. Among children aged 10-17, 26.1 percent were either obese in 2016-2017, That’s about level with the 26.2 percent based on 2016 data alone. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report last week analyzing data collected by a federal government survey. Nationwide, 15.8 percent of ...

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Katrina B. Myricks celebrates being cancer free for five years

By BECKY GILLETTE Five years ago, a diagnosis of breast cancer for Katrina B. Myricks of Madison, a professor in the business department of Holmes Community College, came from out of the blue. “I did not have any idea I had breast cancer,” Myricks said. “I never felt a lump. It was the mammogram that caught it. I had a ...

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Inflammatory breast cancer hides until it reaches Stage 3 level

By TED CARTER Cancers don’t fight fair. They can conceal themselves and strike with a suddenness that often leaves physicians in an uphill struggle to save their patients. This is especially so with inflammatory breast cancer, an exceptionally rare and aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. By the time the cancer ...

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Bankrupt company says it could close Mississippi hospital

A bankrupt company warned on Friday that it might close a hospital in the Mississippi Delta if it can’t transfer ownership within weeks. Curae Health filed papers Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Nashville, Tennessee, saying Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale is losing so much money that it could pull down the bankrupt company before it can sell ...

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Nurses striving to make for a better Mississippi

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT When we step into a doctor’s office the first person we meet is a nurse who does seemingly everything in preparation: measuring and weighing, symptom-tracking, and even needle poking. Nowadays in Mississippi it may be more common to visit a nurse than it is to visit a doctor, especially an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN). An APRN ...

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