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Court of Appeals to hear arguments in hospitals' fight

BILOXI — The Mississippi Court of Appeals will referee a dispute between Gulf Coast hospital systems over the location of a proposed new medical center in Biloxi. The court will hear oral arguments June 12 in Jackson from Singing River Health System, which opposes the new hospital, and Health Management Associates, which wants to build it. State health officials issued ...

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State of emergency declared for more winter weather

After enjoying spring-like temperatures this weekend, Mississippians are facing a new threat from winter weather today. Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency for the possibility of significant ice accumulations in the northern half of the state and severe thunderstorms or tornadoes in the central and southern parts of the state. A state of emergency is an administrative ...

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Health Department scores well in CDC report

JACKSON — A new report on public health and emergency preparedness capabilities released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that Mississippi outperformed target scores in every area that was measured. The 2013-2014 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness, released last week, is a report demonstrating how federal investments enhance the nation’s ability to respond to ...

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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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Health Department: Flu-related deaths soaring among young adults

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has received numerous reports from clinical partners throughout the state of flu-related deaths in younger adults, all of which were in patients unvaccinated against the flu. While physicians are not required to notify MSDH of a flu diagnosis or death, the agency monitors flu activity through the Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) ...

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PEER critical of agency's handing of shelter funds

JACKSON — A legislative committee is criticizing state health officers for what it says is failure to distribute $1.6 million to domestic violence shelters across Mississippi. Deputy state health officer Mike Lucius told The Clarion-Ledger that a state law enacted in 1983 limits the amount any one shelter may get to $50,000 per fiscal year. “There is no way we ...

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New restaurants in D’Iberville

D’Iberville is welcoming two new restaurants that recently were OK’d to open by the Mississippi Department of Health. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (3821 Promenade Parkway) has a delicious sounding menu that features Texas style chopped beef brisket, sliced beef brisket, Southern pulled pork, spicy cheddar sausage, “old recipe” Polish sausage and of course ribs. John Lockett is the owner. » Read complete ...

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Exterminators, scientists see strides in finding, killing bed bugs

As bed bugs increase their presence, exterminators and pesticide researchers are escalating efforts to hunt down and kill the wingless red insect. State entomologist Dr. Jeffrey Brown says although the bugs are hitting Mississippi hard, especially its lodging sector, he sees the nation as a whole making strides in search-and-destroy efforts. His assessment is joined by pest control managers in ...

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Lawmakers promise review of CON process next session

Two recent rulings from the Mississippi Supreme Court have healthcare policymakers vowing to take a look at the state’s certificate of need process come the next legislative session. The state’s high court ruled June 14 that University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson was subject to the CON law, but the Mississippi State Department of Health could make “teaching exceptions” ...

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Services dropped at Ocean Springs health office

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Health’s has suspended some services and cut hours at its office in Ocean Springs. The clinic no longer offers medical or environmental services. It is open Wednesdays and Thursdays only for WIC, the federally funded health and nutrition program for women, infants and children. Previously, the office offered a range of services, including ...

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