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Cancer center fraud trial delayed as prosecutors mull more charges

SUMMIT — A trial that had been scheduled to begin today has been delayed for a former cancer clinic owner and two others charged with participating in a multi-million-dollar fraud that allegedly involved diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old syringes on multiple patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks are charged with offenses including conspiracy and witness tampering ...

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River Oaks physician performs new surgery for first time in state

FLOWOOD — River Oaks Hospital reports it is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical device to treat the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Dr. Winston Capel, a neurosurgeon, has performed the state’s first SI joint fusion surgery at River Oaks Hospital using the minimally-invasive iFuse Implant System, according to the hospital. Capel, who according to River Oaks is the only ...

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St. Dominic's new behavioral health facility now open

JACKSON — The first phase of St. Dominic’s new Behavioral Health Services building housing the acute care psychiatric hospital is now complete and open for patients. Instead of renovating the existing Behavioral Health Services building, which was in need of substantial repairs, St. Dominic’s partially razed the building and reconstructed it in the same location. While part of the facility ...

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Viking Range opening clinic for workers, dependents

GREENWOOD — Viking Range Corporation has unveiled plans for the Viking Health and Wellness Center, which will provide health and wellness services for Viking employees and their covered dependents on the Viking health plan. The health clinic will be in downtown Greenwood in a building owned by Viking and will be managed by Mississippi-based Medical Analysis, LLC, provider of health and ...

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Supreme Court rules against St. Dominic in hospital dispute

MADISON — St. Dominic Health Systems’ legal efforts to locate a medical facility in Madison failed yesterday before the Mississippi Supreme Court. St. Dominic wanted to relocate 71 beds from its Jackson campus to a sprawling, $121 million Madison hospital that would include a huge public park. In 2010, Chancery Judge Cynthia Brewer of Madison County ruled what St. Dominic ...

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Chairman Bryan pulls plug on fetal-heartbeat legislation

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate chairman has killed a bill that could’ve led to a child-homicide criminal prosecution for anyone performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is found. Democrat Hob Bryan, chairman of the Senate Judiciary B Committee, says the bill is unconstitutional because lawmakers are limited in what they can do to restrict abortions in the first trimester ...

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New law aimed at recruiting more physicians to state

JACKSON — A new Mississippi law aims to bring more physicians to the state. House Bill 317 was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday. The law creates the Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce within the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The legislation also creates an advisory board to oversee the new office. Office staff will be paid with ...

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Site announced for new Oxford hospital

OXFORD — Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation will build its new $250 million Oxford hospital on a 160-acre tract just west of the existing hospital. Memphis-based Baptist Memorial announced its plans Tuesday in a meeting with officials from Oxford and Lafayette County. Baptist spokesman Dick Cowart says 15 sites were considered. Cowart says the new location selected preserves the south ...

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Happy? Positive outlook may be good for your heart

WASHINGTON — Be happy — it seems to be good for your heart. Scientists have long known that Type A personalities and people who are chronically angry, anxious or depressed have a higher risk of heart attacks. Now a Harvard review of the flip side of that psychology concludes that being upbeat and optimistic just may help protect against heart ...

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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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