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State tops list of highest HIV rates among young adults

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More than 9,500 Mississippians are now living with HIV, and as of 2009, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), Mississippi and Florida had the highest HIV rates among individuals 13 to 19 years old (out of 37 states and five US territories reporting HIV infection statistics). Jackson itself had the third highest HIV infection ...

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Health Department issues CONs for two projects

GULFPORT and CHARLESTON — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) for two projects. Memorial Hospital at Gulfport
 has received a CON for the expansion and renovation of its patient tower. The size of the patient rooms on the third, fourth and fifth floors will be increased, and two new floors of rooms added ...

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Personhood continues to show disconnect from reality

The supporters of the personhood initiative that failed during the last General Election are pointing to a new post-vote poll that they say shows clearly why personhood was defeated. But, maybe their interpretation of the poll is more telling about why the anti-abortion effort lost and just how disconnected at least of its supporters seem to be. According to a ...

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Abandoned historic hospital getting new life

MOUND BAYOU — The long-shuttered Taborian Hospital in Mound Bayou is getting a nearly $3-million grant to become the first urgent care center in one of the nation’s poorest towns. Mayor Kennedy Johnson sees the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a win-win-win situation. In 2000, the hospital made the 10 most endangered historic sites in Mississippi. The ...

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Bryant, leaders to make healthcare trip to Texas

HOUSTON , Texas — Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant will lead a trip to Houston, Texas, to tour Texas Medical Center Nov. 29-30. Bryant, who will become governor in January, will be joined by Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads and some healthcare providers and business leaders. Texas Medical Center consists of 49 institutions and is recognized as ...

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Personhood supporters form political action committee

NEW ALBANY — Supporters of the so-called personhood movement, which defines life as beginning at fertilization, have formed a political action committee (PAC) to help elect anti-abortion candidates and to educate voters. The Mississippi personhood amendment was defeated by voters Nov. 8. Les Riley and the board of Personhood Mississippi announced Wednesday that they have created the Personhood Mississippi Political ...

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Batson dedicates new ER/trauma unit facility

JACKSON — Batson Children’s Hospital has dedicated its new Colonel Harland Sanders Children’s Emergency Department and the Selby and Richard McRae Children’s Trauma Unit, tripling the treatment area available for the state’s only Level 1 pediatric emergency and trauma center. Partially funded by individual $1-million gifts from the Colonel Harland Sanders and the Selby and Richard McRae Foundations, construction on ...

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Hospital drops Transcare, signs Lifecare

MACON — Noxubee General Hospital has switched to another ambulance service. WCBI-TV reports the hospital’s board of trustees allowed Transcare’s contract expire. The hospital has signed a new contract with Lifecare, a Carthage-based company. Hospital Administrator Danny McKay says Lifecare made a more competitive bid. McKay says Lifecare agreed to have two ambulances ready to serve Noxubee County at all ...

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Six defendants to plead guilty to trafficking drugs

GULFPORT — The last of six alleged middlemen accused in a prescription conspiracy case involving a former Stone County surgeon selling prescriptions for pain pills and anxiety medication intends to plead guilty in the case. That’s according to U.S. District Court records. Kevin Anderson was one of six accused in a federal indictment of obtaining prescriptions from former surgeon Je ...

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