Health Briefing May 17, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Relay for Life fights against cancer
Lee County will celebrate its Relay for Life in fairy tale fashion May 24.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. May 24 at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo. The event celebrates the hard work of teams of co-workers, friends and neighbors in raising money to support the American Cancer Society and welcomes the entire community. There will be children’s activities, food and entertainment including Elvis impersonator Brian Lee Howell, who will have a meet-and-greet with survivors and perform two different sets.
Other communities celebrating their Relay for Life events in the next two weeks are:
• Today: Tishomingo County, Mineral Springs Park in Iuka
• Today: Itawamba County, Fulton square
Call (662) 844-8544 or visit for more information.

Awareness event slated for Buffalo Park
Tupelo will be one of 48 U.S. cities hosting a 22q at the Zoo event this weekend.
The Tupelo event will be held at the Tupelo Buffalo Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Regular admission will be $11.
The 22q11.2 foundation supports families who have medical problems caused by the deletion or duplication of part of the 22nd chromosome. The syndromes can cause heart defects, compromised immune systems, cleft palate and developmental delays, including DiGeorge syndrome and velocardiofacial syndrome.
As testing has improved, it appears the syndrome is almost as common as Down syndrome.
For more information, visit

Hollis honored by Mississippi colleagues
Retired Amory obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Pete Hollis was honored by his colleagues with a lifetime achievement award last weekend.
Hollis, an Amory native, is the first ever to receive the Mississippi Legend award from the Mississippi section of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Hollis practiced in Amory for 36 years. For 15 years, he helped train young OB-GYN physicians by hosting a rotation with his partners at their Amory clinic. He served as president of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the early 1990s.
Hollis and wife Weesie have three children and seven grandchildren, including a granddaughter who is currently an OB-GYN resident physician at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Tupelo woman earns T’ai Chi Chih credentials
Judith Drew of Tupelo has earned her teaching accreditation with T’ai Chi Chih.
Drew successfully completed a teacher training course in Aston, Penn., earlier this month to teach both the standing and seated forms of the practice, which is endorsed by the American Arthritis Foundation.
T’ai Chi Chih, sometimes called a moving meditation, is a weight-bearing, non-impact activity shown to build muscle strength without stressing the joints.
Drew will be co-leading regular 9 a.m. Saturday morning T’ai Chi Chih community practice in Tupelo’s Lee Acres Park

Legal-medical partnership to help HIV/AIDS patients
The Mississippi Center for Justice and the University of Mississippi Medical Center formed a medical-legal partnership to provide free civil legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
The nonprofit public interest law firm will provide on-site legal assistance at the Crossroads Clinics Central in Jackson to people living with HIV/AIDS. The legal assistance will focus primarily on HIV-status-related discrimination in housing and employment.
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