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MSU names drug company year's best start-up

STARKVILLE — Sano Chemical, the company launched to develop an antifungal drug discovered at Mississippi State University, has received the university’s Faculty Start-up Company of the Year. Dr. Stephen Pruett, basic sciences department head at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said the award was given by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at the I3, or Investing in Innovation, ...

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State bonds push new nursing facility toward construction

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Legislature’s authorization of $20 million in state bonds will help elevate a new nursing building at the University of Southern Mississippi from the planning stage to the construction phase. Southern Miss will receive the funding this year, which will expedite plans for the building – to be named Asbury Hall and built on the Hattiesburg campus. ...

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UMMC pediatrician, HIV pioneer Hannah Gay on 'Time’s' most influential list

HIV specialist Dr. Hannah Gay, University of Mississippi Medical Center associate professor of pediatrics, has been named to the 2013 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Gay gained notoriety for her atypical treatment regimen and functionally cured the baby who had been infected with HIV since 2010. She and her colleagues, ...

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Abortion clinic continuing to see patients after judge's ruling

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic continued seeing patients yesterday, the day after a federal judge temporarily stopped the state from closing it. Several people wearing florescent yellow vests labeled “Clinic Escort” helped women find parking places and walked with them into the cherry pink building in a Jackson retail district. Outside an iron fence that separates Jackson Women’s Health ...

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Judge extends injunction, abortion clinic keeps license

JACKSON — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Mississippi from revoking the license of the state’s only abortion clinic. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended an injunction he issued several months ago, which blocks the state from closing the clinic while it tries to fulfill a 2012 state law. The law requires all OB-GYNs who do abortions at ...

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Mississippians may top obese list because they're too honest. Do you fudge on your weight?

Here’s a pretty interesting story from Mike Oliver at al.com. According to a survey at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mississippi and Alabama may rank highest in obesity rates because Southerners are more truthful when asked about their weight. The central United States actually may be slightly more obese when scales are brought into the process. Here’s the link ...

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Governor says proposed budget undercuts Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Top Mississippi Republicans say their opposition to Medicaid expansion is getting a boost from an unlikely source — President Barack Obama. The Democratic president released his proposed federal budget yesterday. It includes a one-year delay in reduction of “disproportionate share” Medicaid payments — money hospitals receive for treating large numbers of uninsured patients. Mississippi has high numbers of ...

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