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Byers named to epidemiologist post

JACKSON — Dr. Paul Byers has been named Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) acting state epidemiologist. The position was previously held by State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “Dr. Byers has worked in public health for more than 15 years, and we’ve worked side-by-side for several years in the epidemiology office,” said Dr. Mary Currier. “During his tenure at ...

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Democrats warily embrace healthcare plan

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cautiously embraced President Barack Obama’s new health care plan as their last hope for enacting a comprehensive overhaul. Republicans trashed it, dimming prospects for any deal at the bipartisan health care summit that Obama has scheduled for Thursday to try to jump-start the debate. A year after calling on Congress to act to reform the nation’s ...

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Senate finds problems with Avandia's maker

NEW YORK — A Senate report said Saturday that drug maker GlaxoSmithKline knew of possible heart attack risks tied to Avandia, its diabetes medication, years before such evidence became public. Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Chuck Grassley, the committee’s ranking Republican, released the report, which follows a two-year inquiry. They are also asking the U.S. ...

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Obama unveils $1T healthcare plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Monday put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. The White House immediately demanded an up-or-down vote in Congress on the plan, or something close to ...

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Obama takes aim at insurance industry

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is making a fresh attempt to rescue his health care overhaul by proposing a measure that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. Coming just days before a White House health care summit with congressional leaders of both parties, Obama’s legislative proposal, which will be unveiled ...

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Forrest General opens new clinic

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital has opened an outpatient heart failure clinic, located at Forrest General’s LiveWell Center. Forrest General’s Heart Failure Clinic, which opened Feb. 18, is designed for patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure, but may or may not have a physician that they visit regularly. Forrest General’s Heart Failure Clinic features the services of Brad ...

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President wants federal oversight of insurers

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is making a fresh attempt to rescue his health care overhaul by proposing a measure that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. Coming just days before a White House health care summit with congressional leaders of both parties, Obama’s new legislative proposal, which will be ...

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Supervisors cut off hospital negotiations

NATCHEZ — Adams County Supervisors have ended talks to sell Natchez Regional Medical Center to Health Management Associates (HMA). The Natchez Democrat reports supervisors took the action Friday after a meeting with members of Natchez Regional’s board of trustees and administrators. Supervisor Henry Watts says there is no reason to sell the hospital. A financial report from the hospital indicated ...

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Putt named new CEO of UHHC

JACKSON — David Putt has been appointed CEO of University Hospitals and Health System (UHHS) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). A retired Naval officer, Putt joined UMMC in 1995. He earned a certificate as a radiologic technologist, an associate degree at George Washington University, a B.S. at the State University of New York and a master’s in ...

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White House looking to flank GOP on healthcare

WASHINGTON — The White House and congressional leaders are preparing a detailed healthcare proposal designed to win passage without Republican support if GOP lawmakers fail to embrace bipartisan compromises at President Barack Obama’s summit next week. A senior White House official said yesterday that Democratic negotiators are resolving final differences in House and Senate health bills that passed last year ...

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