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Republicans cool to healthcare talk on TV

WASHINGTON — Republicans gave a chilly reception yesterday to President Barack Obama’s invitation to discuss healthcare in a bipartisan, televised setting later this month, part of the White House effort to revive the stalled legislation. The House and Senate GOP leaders said Obama and his fellow Democrats must shelve their long-debated healthcare bill, which was on the verge of becoming ...

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Keesler preparing to open clinic

BILOXI — The staff of Keesler Medical Center’s new radiation oncology clinic is gearing up to begin treating patients in March, according Maj. (Dr.) Clayton Chen, 81st Medical Operations Squadron chief of radiation oncology. Plans are already underway for a formal ribbon-cutting for the new facility in the near future. The heart of the clinic, the linear accelerator (linac), was ...

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Obama calls out Republicans on healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says it’s time for Republicans who have attacked his healthcare proposals from the sidelines to step before the cameras and present their own ideas. In the first major move to revive his healthcare agenda after his party’s loss of a filibuster-proof Senate majority, Obama on Sunday invited GOP and Democratic leaders to discuss possible compromises ...

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CHPA 'disappointed' over cold medicine bill

WASHINGTON — The following is a statement by Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A., president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), in response to State Senate passage of legislation, which will require a prescription to access over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine: “We are disappointed that the Mississippi Senate chose to overlook consumer sentiment and passed a bill today that ...

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Baptist Golden Triangle earns accreditation

COLUMBUS — Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has been awarded a three-year accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) following a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR awards accreditation to facilities achieving high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the facility. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. ...

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Cold medicine bill headed for governor's desk

JACKSON — Mississippi is poised to become only the second state in the nation to require a doctor’s prescription for cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in the illicit drug methamphetamine. The Senate yesterday sent to the governor a bill that supporters say is designed to curtail the state’s escalating meth activity. The House earlier passed the bill. Gov. ...

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Plans Expand for Madison St. Dominic’s

At a rally Monday for the proposed St. Dominic’s Madison Campus, approximately 400 supporters learned of the hospital’s plans to expand the new hospital campus with 350 acres of sports fields. The addition to the campus would be a public-private investment for health and wellness, sports and recreation, said Paul Arrington, St. Dominic’s vice president of business development. The plans ...

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States looking to ban government-mandated insurance

Although President Barack Obama’s push for a healthcare overhaul has stalled, conservative lawmakers in about half the states are forging ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates. The proposals would assert a state-based right for people to pay medical bills from their own pocketbooks and prohibit penalties against those who refuse to carry health insurance. In many ...

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Wilson Research Foundation helps meet needs

The fund-raising arm of Methodist Rehabilitation Center finds ways to keep raising money Methodist Rehabilitation Center (MRC) is Mississippi’s only comprehensive rehabilitation hospital featuring programs specifically designed to treat people who have had a stroke, brain or spinal injury. Each program has a staff dedicated to the treatment of that specific injury or illness. That experience gives the staff at ...

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Madison hospital one of few to be opening

CANTON — Madison County Medical Center (MCMC) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last week to share the plans for the region’s newest hospital. The completed facility will house 67 beds and feature over 100,000 square feet, including an emergency department, intensive care unit, women’s service center and nursery, surgery and imaging centers, pharmacy, physical therapy center and much more.  “This groundbreaking ...

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