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Fighting the good fight in flu season

The need remains for folks to continue to get vaccinated   The H1N1 flu season that affected nearly 1,300 Mississippians earlier this year has slacked off, but with seasonal flu months approaching, there is still a need for people to get vaccinated and take precautions.  Dr. Mary Currier, interim state health officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health, said ...

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What business can do to fight diabetes

Mississippi pays more than $2 billion in direct and indirect medical costs for diabetes each year   Mississippi leads the nation in prevalence of diabetes and in having residents who are obese or overweight, a contributing factor to the most prevalent form of diabetes, Type II.  But there are simple things the business community can do to help their employees ...

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‘Giant’ of state healthcare mourned

Thompson remembered for building, re-building Mississippi’s health department from the ground up   Healthcare professionals across Mississippi last week mourned the death of a “giant” in the field.  Dr. Ed Thompson, the state health officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health known for his trustworthiness, leadership and wit, died Dec. 1 of colon cancer. He was 62.  “He was ...

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UMC alleges state, SmartSynch conspired

JACKSON — A Jackson energy management company is suing the state and another Jackson-based energy management company for allegedly conspiring to award $3.75 million in federal stimulus money for “green” public building projects to a company that was allegedly not the lowest project bidder. A hearing was held Dec. 11 in Hinds County Chancery Court. Judge William Singletary said he ...

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FTC: Beware of drywall scams

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns consumers to be skeptical of anyone trying to sell test kits, inspections or quick fixes for problems caused by imported drywall that has turned out to be contaminated. Some owners of homes that were built between 2003 and 2008 using imported drywall have reported a sulfur smell similar to rotten eggs, deterioration ...

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Choctaws get stimulus funding

CHOCTAW — The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded funding to 100 transit projects on tribal lands that will share in $32 million under its Public Transportation on Indian Reservations program. The $32 million, of which $17 million will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Tribal Transit Program, will pay for transit projects for tribes ...

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Emergency declaration lifted from school

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY — Gov. Haley Barbour has removed the state of emergency declaration for Jefferson Davis County School District upon request by the Mississippi Board of Education. The Board of Education recently reported that educational, safety and security conditions had improved, and that misspent 16th Section funds had been repaid. Barbour ordered the state of emergency declaration in 2007 ...

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Senators concerned over healthcare reform report

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said serious concerns are raised about the Senate healthcare reform bill in a new independent analysis that indicates the legislation would fail to contain healthcare costs and could result in healthcare shortages for many Americans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary issued a ...

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Researchers scrambling to save state's trees

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A beetle that made its presence known in Mississippi this summer is threatening the extinction of redbay trees in the state and could harm the future of traditional Cajun cuisine. The beetle is the redbay ambrosia beetle. It spreads the pathogen that causes Laurel wilt disease in many tree species, including Mississippi’s redbay and sassafras trees. ...

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Wicker introduces Medicare bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) has introduced legislation to permanently repeal the Medicare physicians’ payment formula, or Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Wicker’s proposed amendment to the Senate healthcare bill would also create a majority-physician commission to provide Congress with a recommendation for replacing the physician payment system and would put that recommendation on a fast-track for congressional approval. ...

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