|Following Florence Nightingale's Example|
I often tell the business leaders and policy makers in our state that we are overlooking the largest economic engine in our country today, namely healthcare. According to the September 25 issue of Business Week, the number of health services jobs in Mississippi rose while the total number of jobs declined.
|Changing Culture in Nursing Home Care|
More than 500 individuals who work in long-term care and assisted living businesses will enter an exciting revolution of culture change at Mississippi Health Care Association's (MHCA) 2007 annual convention and trade show.
|Children's Health Insurance Program Still in Jeopardy|
A federally-funded program that provides health insurance for thousands of children in Mississippi continues to be in jeopardy. At press time, state officials had no word about the future of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which projects a shortfall of up to $15 million in federal funds when the state's fiscal year ends on June 30.
|Ground Rounds May 2007|
Brookhaven Residents Appointed to State Board of Nursing
Governor Haley Barbour recently appointed two Brookhaven residents to the State Board of Nursing including Merlene Myrick, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for King’s Daughters Medical Center, and Becky Currie, RN, with Gilbert’s Home Health and Hospice and candidate for State Representative District 92. Myrick and Currie are pictured after the Senate Confirmation Hearings with Dr. Luke Lampton of Magnolia; current State Board of Health Chairman, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith District 39; and Senator Alan Nunlee Chairman of Public Health and Welfare Committee.
|Human Brains Yield Wealth of Information about Mental Illness|
The running joke in the psychiatry department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is that Grazyna Rajkowska, PhD, married Dr. Craig Stockmeier, PhD, for his brains.
And no, even though Stockmeier is very brainy, he was born with only one brain. The joke refers to his collection of brains that he, Rajkowska, other members of the department here, and researchers at seven other universities use to study mental illness.
|In-Store Medical Clinics Come to Mississippi|
Before long, it may be routine to get a flu shot, strep throat culture or other medical procedures while picking up a loaf of bread or shopping for new jeans. In-store clinics are the latest trend in healthcare and a possible solution for time-stretched consumers and the uninsured and underinsured.
|Letter to the Editor|
One of the most difficult challenges the field of mental health faces in Mississippi is stigma. Mental health problems in Mississippi are surprisingly common. Mental illnesses are more common than cancer and heart disease combined. One in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, and one family in four has a member who is mentally ill and who will require some type of treatment
Edwin C. LeGrand III
Mississippi Department of Mental
|NMHO Undertakes $10 Million Renovation Project|
The current building project of one of Tupelo's premiere healthcare facilities will triple the clinic's space, offer better care for patients and give an economic injection to an area of town needing a boost.
|No Medicines While Breastfeeding? Ask, Don't Assume|
Ill-informed caution on the part of physicians is costing Mississippi children a crucial step towards a healthy start, says one of the state's leading medical experts on breastfeeding.
"I've heard so many stories where women say their doctor gave them a prescription and told them they had to stop breastfeeding," said Dr. Becky Saenz, founder of the Mississippi Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic in Madison.
|Physician Spotlight: Dr. John Tait|
Physiatrist Dr. John Tait had raised six children and spent two decades of his career in Kansas City.
But by late 2006 — with their nest empty and warmer climes calling — he and his wife, Laurel, were ready for a new start in a new state.
Tait responded to a search at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and signed on to run the hospital's acute inpatient rehabilitation unit. He formed Oxford Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PLLC in January.
|Potential Lifesaving USM Medical Invention Gets Worldwide Attention|
News that researchers at the polymer science department at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) have developed a promising new invention to impregnate the surfaces of medical devices with antibiotics to prevent infections has made its way around the globe.
|Procedure Cuts Postsurgery Downtime|
Physicians know about perfusionists. They are the people who monitor heart-lung machines and do blood conservation during surgery. But, what fewer doctors understand is the technique being offered by some perfusionists called autologous blood therapy (ABT), which uses blood collected prior to surgery to create a gel used during surgical procedures to promote ultrafast healing and nip pain in the proverbial tush.
GLORIA BUTLER BALDWIN
|Technically Engineered Shoe Reduces Back Strain|
Whether on a Hollywood movie set or back home in Mississippi, actor Gary Grubbs wears Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ almost everywhere he goes.
In fact, the comfortable shoes worked so well for him he opened a store in his hometown of Hattiesburg and a second one a year later in Madison.
Even though Grubbs has been in more than 300 movies and shows, when he's in his stores, the Hollywood chat stops and it's down to the business of fitting customers for the right pair.
GLORIA BUTLER BALDWIN
|Tobacco-Free Mississippi Urges Hospitals to Go Totally Smoke Free in 2007|
The New Year began with a new smoke free campaign launched by the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA). Firmly believing that hospital campuses are no place for health-damaging tobacco, MHA is partnering with BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi and Information & Quality Healthcare to promote totally tobacco-free campuses across the state.
|Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)|
It's very wise to include bonds as a part of your portfolio.
Suppose bonds were purchased at par for $100,000 and held for 10 years when inflation was 3.5 percent per annum? At maturity, the investor would receive the final interest payment and the face value of the bonds — $100,000. However, if these were Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), the investor would receive at maturity the inflation-adjusted face value of $141,106. Let's explore this further.
|UMC Center Hosts Exhibit, Spreads Awareness|
A nationally touring exhibit celebrating women's contributions to the field of medicine is set to visit Jackson next spring. Meanwhile, a statewide effort is underway to mark the milestones set by Mississippi's own female medical pioneers.
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