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Fighting cancer through art

By LISA MONTI Gina Carter-Simmers will tell you the exact moment she received her breast cancer diagnosis. It was Aug. 10, 2016. And also the date — Aug. 4 — when she got the call from her doctor with the preliminary results. And the day she started chemo — Aug. 26. Carter-Simmers can recount such details about her ongoing fight ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE: Breast cancer surgery options increasing

By BECKY GILLETTE Some women have a strong genetic predisposition to breast cancer. With the BRCA gene mutation, women have a 70 to 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer over their lifetime and 4o to 50 percent chance of ovarian cancer. “While only five percent of women possess the BRCA gene, we have identified a good number of patients in ...

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Report: Oktibbeha County to investigate options for hospital

A special commission says the Oktibbeha County supervisors should field multiple proposals regarding the sale or lease of OCH Regional Medical Center. The Starkville Daily News (http://bit.ly/2dn2TdP) reports the commission recommends the supervisors should host a public hearing in the near future over the report. The public hearing is the first step required by state law in pursuing the possible ...

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Vicksburg to file lawsuit to acquire abandoned hospital

The city of Vicksburg plans to file an eminent domain lawsuit to take ownership of the unused Kuhn Memorial Hospital. The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday approved plans to file the suit, which allows the city to covert property to public use on paying its market value. Owners have abandoned the property and city officials have been trying ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi needs every federal dollar it can get

Let’s get real.    Ignore political ideology for a moment.   Mississippi is a poor state, persistently landing near the bottom on income, health, and education rankings. Many families depend heavily on federal benefits to survive. So, too does state government (44 percent of total spending). Many small businesses’ survival depends heavily on federally subsidized families and government.   Yes, federal ...

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Mississippi medical center receives record obesity grant

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been awarded a record-high grant to study obesity, one of the state’s most pressing health issues. Medical center officials said in a news release Thursday that it will receive $19.9 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to fund the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research. The new center ...

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Analysis: Mental health lawsuit was a long time coming

When the U.S. Justice Department sued Mississippi last week over adult mental health services, it might as well have delivered the legal papers with a neon yellow sticky note saying: We told you this was coming. The Justice Department has sued about a dozen states over the way they provide services for people with mental illnesses, and Mississippi Attorney General ...

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State’s telemedicine landscape earns ‘A’ from national group

Mississippi’s supportive policy landscape for telemedicine, including services for residents coping with mental illness, has earned the state an overall “A” rating from the American Telemedicine Association in its 2016 state-by-state report card. Mississippi is among only eight states earning that highest score in the association’s evaluation of performance in telemental and behavioral health. The Center for Telehealth at the ...

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Procedure providing hope for some brain cancer patients

Tiny electrical fields that help your cells communicate are being harvested at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to fight a type of brain cancer that primarily strikes adults. Dr. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of neurology specializing in neuro-oncology, said the Optune device, designed and distributed by Novocure, delivers a steady stream of low-intensity electric fields that seems to slow ...

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