JACKSON (AP) – State health officials say two more Mississippians have been infected with West Nile Virus. The state Department of Health said Monday that a Hinds County resident and a Rankin County resident have confirmed cases. So far this year, nine cases of West Nile have been reported, including one death in Yazoo County. […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said for years that one of his top goals is reducing Mississippi’s teenage pregnancy rate, long one of the highest in the nation. Now, he says his administration deserves credit for chipping away at the problem. “Our fight to reduce teen pregnancy […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – Kids and parents can get into the swing of the school year at the annual children’s health fair hosted by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. The free fair will run from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 23 at the Oxford Conference Center, and there will be plenty for […]

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Lacing up their sneakers and heading out for a daily walk can help seniors maintain their sense of balance and guard their mobility. Even small steps can reap big benefits, health advocates say.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal For seniors who want to add life to their years, a daily walk may be the best medicine out there. “Just getting up and moving makes a huge difference in people’s lives,” said Laurie Otis, a physical therapist and geriatric clinical specialist with Gentiva home health and hospice. “The […]

Headache is among the most common symptoms seen in primary care and represents up to 30 percent of referrals to neurology specialists. In general, it has been estimated that 47 percent of the adult population has at least one headache per year. Data has shown that head pain is the fifth leading cause of Emergency […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Backed by health advocates, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will no longer pay for elective early deliveries. In a press release Thursday, the insurer announced that starting Jan. 1, hospitals and physicians won’t receive any benefits for inductions and caesarian sections that are performed without medical reason […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new human cases of West Nile virus for 2014. The new reported cases are in Adams and Rankin counties. So far this year, West Nile cases have been reported in Adams (1), Hinds (1), Newton (1) and Rankin (2) counties. The Department of […]

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Mooreville's Scott Vines breathes out water vapor from an electronic cigarette at Druthers Vapor Shoppe in Tupelo.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Electronic cigarettes are sparking a lot of debate. People who inhale the vaporized nicotine say they’ve been able to quit combustible cigarettes and are reaping significant health benefits. Jo Escher of Baldwyn credits vaping with helping her kick a 43-year smoking habit and allowing her to control her asthma. […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the state’s third human case of West Nile virus for 2014 and the fifth case of chikungunya virus. The new reported West Nile case is in Rankin County. Earlier, health officials reported cases in Newton and Hinds counties. The state health department only reports […]