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Mississippi reaches 31 West Nile virus cases so far in 2018

A central Mississippi county is reporting its first case of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s total to 31 cases so far this year. The Mississippi State Department of Health says Monday that the new case is in Attala County. Mississippi has among the highest numbers of serious West Nile infections nationwide. Hinds County has reported 11 total cases. Adams, ...

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‘Obamacare’ insurance rates will stay level in Mississippi

Rates for Mississippians who get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are projected to stay basically level next year. The consulting firm Avalere Health and The Associated Press analyzed state data and found premiums in “Obamacare’s” health insurance marketplace will rise only 0.2 percent in Mississippi next year. That’s lower than the average 3.6 percent increase in proposed or ...

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Gulfport Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes Conger

Nicholas G Conger Memorial Physician Clinics recently hired Nicholas G. Conger, MD, in the practice of Infectious Diseases, Conger earned his medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed his residency and internship in Internal Medicine; and fellowship in infectious diseases at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Tex. Conger is board certified in internal ...

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Easterling joins Owl Drug Store at Hattiesburg Clinic

Mike Easterling Mike Easterling, RPh, recently joined Owl Drug Store at Hattiesburg Clinic as a staff pharmacist. Easterling has more than 33 years of experience as a pharmacist. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He has an APhA immunization certification and is a member of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association. Founded in 1907, ...

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William Carey’s Turner appointed to COCA

Dr. James Turner Dr. James Turner, dean of William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), has been appointed to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Turner and the other commissioners will review site visits, as well as mid-cycle and annual reports submitted by COMs in the United States with the goal of ensuring that each is meeting COCA ...

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Wells named MAFP’s New Physician of the Year

Jeremy B. Wells, MD, of Hattiesburg, was recently honored as New Physician of the Year 2018 by the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). This is the first year the award has been presented by the MAFP Awards Committee, comprised of family physicians who are past winners of the MAFP Family Physician of the Year award. Individuals who earn the ...

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Alford honored as MAFP’s Family Physician of the Year

Tim Alford, MD, of Kosciusko, was recently honored as Mississippi’s Family Physician of the Year 2018 by the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians. The John B. Howell, MD, Memorial Award, as it is formally known, was first given in 1977 in memory of Dr. Howell, a pioneer in the practice of family medicine and long-time delegate to the American Academy ...

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Wheat elected president of Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians

David B. Wheat, MD, FAAFP, of Clinton, was recently elected 2018-19 president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP).He will lead the 1,100-member organization and chair the board of directors. Wheat, a family physician who has earned the AAFP Fellow distinction, has owned and operated Clinton Family Care in Clinton since 2001. Earlier in his career, he served on ...

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Stringer joins Hattiesburg Clinic Eye Associates

Will Stringer William F. Stringer, Jr., OD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Eye Associates. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He completed externships at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and Baldwin Eye Clinic in Daphne, Ala. Stringer is board certified in optometry by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He is ...

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Kulzer joins Bellevue Physical Therapy

Zachary B Kulzer Zachary B. Kulzer, PT, DPT, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Bellevue Physical Therapy and Petal Physical Therapy. Kulzer received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association.

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