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USDA grant aimed at improving health of Delta clinic

One of the most pressing needs in the Mississippi Delta is adequate health care, and a recent federal grant will hopefully help a facility in Leland better serve the community. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $900,000 grant to the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) for renovations to the Leland Medical Clinic. Alliance CEO Karen Matthews told the Delta ...

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Campaign to finance hospice construction gets $1.5M gift

HATTIESBURG — A $1.5-million donation from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg will move Forrest General Healthcare Foundation closer to reaching its $5-million campaign to build Hospice House of South Mississippi. Hospice House will provide physical and medical care for people with a limited life expectancy. The Hattiesburg American reports the Asbury Foundation’s contribution puts FGHF at $3.6 million toward building ...

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Doctor charged with murder-for-hire to see psychiatrist

GREENWOOD — Prosecutors and the defense team for a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case will talk to a forensic psychiatrist at a state mental hospital about bringing in another doctor to assist in the evaluation of Dr. Arnold Smith. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the decision came Tuesday during a court in Greenwood on the progress of Smith’s ...

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Guidelines, early breast cancer detection saves lives

» Knowing family history, maintaining healthy weight, limiting smoking and drinking all important With changing guidelines for preventing and detecting breast cancer, what’s a woman to do? There are studies by different groups that point to opposing views. For instance: some say women should have yearly mammograms after the age of 40 and others say after the age of 50. ...

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UMMC researcher developing therapy to attack cancer tumors

Drazen Raucher, Ph.D., director of the graduate program in biochemistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, recently received one patent and has applied for several others for a cancer-fighting therapy he and his team have devised that targets the drug delivery directly into tumors instead of healthy tissues. In July his company, Thermally Targeted Therapeutics, received a $225,000 grant ...

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‘I was the chosen one’

» Survivor dedicates life to help newly diagnosed patients Stephanie Davis was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago at the age of 35. There was no family history of the disease, and Davis said after the initial shock of receiving her diagnosis, she focused on the future. “I was the chosen one,” she said. “It is my purpose in ...

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Targeted therapy of breast cancer shows improved outcomes

» Treatment has fewer side effects; may be wave of future Targeted therapy for treating cancer, including breast cancer tumors, is definitely the wave of the future, said Dr. Grace Shumaker, an oncologist at Jackson Oncologist Associates. The newest example of targeted therapy is related to HER-2 positive breast cancer, which represents about 20 percent of breast cancer. “Kadcyla is ...

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Head of health plans group says legislative momentum growing for state control of insurance exchange

CLINTON — The CEO of the Mississippi Association of Health Plans says it is likely that state lawmakers will try to shift Mississippi’s health insurance exchange away from federal control to state control within a year. Jeff Drozda, who served in the Indiana Senate for a half dozen years and is a former lobbyist for United Healthcare, said momentum is ...

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OUR VIEW: ‘King of Torts’ has finally abdicated

Dickie Scruggs’ drama is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in 2009. Scruggs offered to ...

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