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County first to offer 'Exercise is Medicine' program

RANKIN COUNTY — A new exercise and education program coordinated by the American College of Sports Medicine is starting up in Rankin County. The Clarion-Ledger reports Mississippi is the first state in the Exercise is Medicine Network, which strives to make exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment. The network’s adviser, Phil Trotter, says they’re setting up convenient ...

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Palazzo opposes Medicaid expansion to cover health care reform

HATTIESBURG — Freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says Mississippi should not expand Medicaid to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul. Speaking to constituents at a luncheon in Hattiesburg, Palazzo said he agrees with Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, that the state can’t afford to expand Medicaid, even with the federal government paying the full cost of ...

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State sees more than 2 dozen new cases of human West Nile virus

  Mississippi has 26 new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing this year’s total for the mosquito-borne disease to 59 cases, including one death, Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports. Reported cases for 2012 have already surpassed 2011’s total of 52 cases, although 5 West Nile virus-related deaths o ccured that year, the Department of Health says. ...

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Judge to decide if Snopek missed deadline with St. Dominic lawsuit

MADISON — A judge says he will decide this week whether a former professional baseball player missed a three-year deadline to file a lawsuit against St. Dominic Health Services in a legal dispute over a Madison athletic facility project. The Clarion-Ledger reports today if Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan rules the statute of limitation expired prior to Chris Snopek ...

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County reclaims hospital after operator defaults on lease

PORT GIBSON — Claiborne County supervisors have taken back the local hospital after the former operator missed two years’ of lease payments. The board voted to retake the facility from Tupelo-based Rural Healthcare Developers, the Vicksburg Post reports. County administrator James Johnson said business continues as usual. The 25-bed facility is now called Claiborne County Hospital, instead of Patients’ Choice ...

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Nonprofit forms to get federal funds, tax credits for new hospital

PHILADELPHIA — A nonprofit organization has been formed to obtain federal funding and tax credits for about a third of the cost of the new $19 million Neshoba County Hospital now under construction. Officials tell the Neshoba Democrat the governments and for-profit entities do not qualify for the federal funding being sought by the Neshoba County Hospital Public Improvement Corp. ...

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