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Swine Flu Causes Health Concern

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Mississippi health officer Dr. Ed Thompson says there's been no confirmed case of swine flu in the state, but officials have requested additional dosages of a vaccine used to treat the illness. No cases have been detected so far in Mississippi or Alabama.

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Court: "Doctors, Medicaid Providers Both Have Say"

Posted: 04/24/2009 - A federal appeals court in Atlanta says Medicaid providers and state health officials should have a say along with physicians in determining how to treat patients.

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Healthwatch: Palliative Care

Updated: 04/21/2009 - Traditional medicine has typically focused on what's known as the curative model, finding a solution to a medical problem or disease. Another type of care is the palliative model.

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Meridian Forum on Cigarette Tax

Updated: 04/20/2009 - Just how much higher will Mississippi's cigarette tax go is still on the agenda for the state's lawmakers. Several groups are pushing for it to be raised.

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CDC: Mild Flu Season Winding Down

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Federal health officials say the flu season is winding down, and it's turning out to be one of the mildest in years.

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Lawmakers Restart Medicaid Negotiations

Posted: 03/31/2009 - Mississippi lawmakers are still debating whether to tax hospitals to help pay for Medicaid, the government health program for the needy.

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Teen Tanning Bill Becomes Law

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Mississippi's governor has signed a bill that would require anyone 17 or younger to get written permission from a parent or guardian before using an indoor tanning facility.

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Relay Celebrates 25 Years of Hope

Updated: 03/24/2009 - Lauderdale County Relay For Life announced 2009 sponsors, honorary chairs, and media partners at a Tuesday news conference.

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Prescription Assistance Offered

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The "Help Is Here" Bus, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America, made a stop in Meridian Wednesday.

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Healthwatch: Dangers of Diabetes

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Diabetes affects 23.6 million people in the United States. Close to 6 million don't even know it. Many physical problems are related to the condition.

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Health Department Promoting Awareness

Updated: 02/23/2009 - The Mississippi Department of Health has kicked off a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of immunizations.

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Anderson Welcomes New CEO

Updated: 02/20/2009 - The new CEO of Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center Casey said it's a challenging time for health care providers, as well as other industry.

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Healthwatch: Focus on Heart Disease

Posted: 02/17/2009 - February is National Heart Month. In keeping with that theme, Healthwatch takes a look at the number one killer in the U.S.

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Healthwatch: Getting A Good Night's Sleep

Posted: 02/11/2009 - For too many people, a good night's sleep seems like only a dream. That's because 70 million Americans are affected by some kind of sleep disorder.

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Heart Check '09

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Hundreds of local people will spend the next few days learning more about their heart health.

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