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UMMC letting go 115 workers, cites weak demand

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is reducing the size of its workforce by approximately 115 employees. Coupled with a decision to not fill 90 vacant positions, the UMMC workforce will be about 2 percent smaller than it was at the end of 2011, according to Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs. Keeton said a ...

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Health Department issues CONs for three projects

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health has approved a $4.18 million project in Tupelo for providing positron emission tomography services. Image Center at BridgePoint LLC sought approval to provide PET services in Tupelo. PET scans work with a radioactive injection to trace blood flow throughout the body. Some medical groups believe the scans can provide a more accurate ...

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Colleges turning away nursing school applicants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Amid a statewide nursing shortage, hundreds of qualified applicants for nursing degrees are not being admitted to programs in Mississippi because the colleges can’t meet the demand. The Clarion-Ledger reports community colleges face the most severe admissions limitations. At East Central Community College in Decatur, for example, 485 qualified applicants submitted bids for this fall’s associate’s degree ...

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Keeping your resolution

>> New Year’s is the time to start fresh. It is the time we have to reinvent ourselves. This largely ceremonial journey is celebrated by almost half of Americans. I personally feel like almost everyone I know makes some sort of resolution. While the studies are not clear about the number of Americans making resolutions, they all agree that as ...

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UM researchers looking at medicinal plants

OXFORD — Scientists at the University of Mississippi, together with colleagues at a number of other institutions around the country, have developed new resources poised to unlock yet another door in the hidden garden of medicinally important compounds found in plants. The resources were developed by the Medicinal Plant Consortium, led by Joe Chappell, professor of plant biochemistry in the ...

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More details released on stolen UMMC laptop

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health has released more details about a stolen laptop computer containing sensitive, personal information about a health study’s participants as well as some UMMC patients. UMMC and MSDH are informing nearly 1,500 participants in research studies of a breach of their personal health information. A UMMC ...

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ChromaDex enrolls participants for study of pTeroPure

OXFORD — ChromaDex Corporation, an Irvine, Calif.-based natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, has completed enrollment in the first human clinical study of its proprietary pTeroPure. The purpose of the randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study is to evaluate whether pTeroPure will lower cholesterol and blood pressure ...

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Budget recommendations include school, university consolidations

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal. He also suggests spending the $97.4 million remaining in a healthcare trust fund that was created before he took office. Barbour released his nearly $5.5 billion budget yesterday. His second ...

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