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Bryant criminalizes Jackson Women's Health Organization

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a law that will put new regulations on the state’s only abortion clinic, starting July 1. The Republican said he’s not bothered by the possibility that the clinic’s owner will sue to try to block the new mandates. “If it closes that clinic, then so be it,” Bryant said during a ...

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USM, William Carey to start Ph.D. nursing programs

HATTIESBURG — It’s become axiomatic to talk of an overall nursing shortage in the health care profession, but no less of a concern, according to some observers, is the lack of nurses sporting Ph.Ds. William Carey University and the University of Southern Mississippi are both setting up programs to help change that. William Carey will start a Ph.D. program this ...

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Nineteen nursing homes make publication's 'best' list

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Many nursing homes in Mississippi have been recognized as the “Best Nursing Homes in 2012” by U.S. News & World Report magazine, according to the Mississippi Health Care Association (MHCA). In the magazine’s “Best Nursing Homes in 2012” report, the following MHCA member facilities in Mississippi were recognized as having the highest five-star rating from the federal ...

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USM to offer new doctor of nursing practice degree

HATTIESBURG — The School of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi will soon take a giant leap in healthcare education and training by offering the state’s first degree-granting nurse anesthesia program. The new program will include 36 consecutive months of study and award a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree. School of Nursing officials hope to receive final approval ...

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State lawmakers pass anti-abortion bill

JACKSON — Lawmakers say a bill that passed the Mississippi House yesterday could lead to criminal prosecutions of anyone who performs an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The abortion restriction was added to Senate Bill 2771, which would set a prison sentence of up to 30 years for anyone convicted of child homicide. The killer would have to ...

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State's teen birth rate falls, but still leads nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Teen births fell again in the United States in 2010 with the highest rate once more in Mississippi, according to a new government report. Nearly every state saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010, with the biggest drop in Arizona at 29 percent. Rates stayed about the same in three states: Montana, North Dakota ...

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A.M. Best revises outlook on Medical Assurance Company

RIDGELAND — A.M. Best Co. has revised the outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of “A- (Excellent)” and issuer credit rating of “a-” of Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi (MACM) of Ridgeland. Best wrote: “The ratings of MACM are reflective of its strong risk-adjusted capitalization, conservative loss reserve position, sustainable expense advantage and dominant position ...

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Bill passes that could close state's lone abortion vclinic

JACKSON — The Senate has given final passage to a bill that could close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. The bill would require doctors working at abortion clinics to be OB-GYN certified and have admitting privileges to a local hospital. The clinic’s owner told The Associated Press that all of its physicians are OB-GYN’s, but only one has admitting privileges. The ...

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Patients of defunct cancer clinic test negative for viral blood infections

SUMMIT — Mississippi health officials say none of the nearly 300 cancer patients they tested from a defunct clinic have contracted viral blood infections such as HIV because of care at the facility, which is suspected of diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old needles. The Mississippi Health Department closed Rose Cancer Center in Summit in July because of “unsafe infection ...

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