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Gulfport woman living proof of success of new treatments for metastatic breast cancer

By BECKY GILLETTE When Freda Johnson was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 41, what she read online was dismal. “It was very shocking,” said Johnson. “What I read online was that metastatic breast cancer has no cure and you die very quickly.” When Johnson had her first mammography as recommended at age 40, the scans ...

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BREAST CANCER — A matter of life — and death

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT She is a researcher. She is a wife and mother. And she has breast cancer. Jennifer Caldwell, who lives in Senatobia, found out she had Stage Three breast cancer (ER+PR+ meaning invasive ductal) when she was 28 in 2008. “I had just gotten off birth control so that we could try to start a family,” Caldwell said, ...

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Physician is latest indicted in pharmacy fraud schemes

A Mississippi Gulf Coast physician is the latest person indicted on health care fraud charges as part of a series of schemes that federal officials allege cost hundreds of millions. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says Dr. Albert Diaz of Gulfport was indicted Wednesday in federal court. Hurst says the 16-count indictment accuses Diaz of defrauding Tricare, a federal military health ...

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State’s drug epidemic leading to increased workload for child welfare agency

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  The state’s growing drug problem is one of the factors in the increasing caseload for Mississippi’s Department of Child Protection Services, its new executive director told legislative leaders recently. To deal with that growing caseload, during the 2018 legislative session, the new agency is requesting $113.2 million in state funding, an increase of $15 ...

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Uncertainty in Mississippi before health insurance sign-up

The federal health insurance market for individuals won’t open for enrollment until Nov. 1, but regulators, insurers and those who help Mississippians find coverage are already dealing with waves of uncertainty. In the latest development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pulled out of meetings around the state organized by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. Those meetings were ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Rights, entitlements, public interest and health care

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service lists the following as the rights of American citizenship: freedom of expression; freedom to worship as you wish; right to a prompt, fair trial by jury; right to vote in elections for public officials; right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship; right to run for elected office; and freedom to pursue “life, liberty, ...

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Medicaid plans to go forward with contracts after no action by review panel

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  Members of the state Personal Service Contract Review Board refused to adopt its own staff recommendations to approve contracts totaling about $2 billion annually awarded by the Division of Medicaid to three managed care companies. But the five-member board also refused during Tuesday’s hearing to reject the contracts, meaning Medicaid has the option of ...

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West Virginia edges Mississippi for fattest state

A report released by two nonprofit groups shows West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity among adults in the nation. The report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found West Virginia had an obesity rate of 37.7 percent. Mississippi was ...

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