Sixty percent of the population will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) within a year. Twenty to 30 percent of these will have weekly or more frequent symptoms. GERD is a chronic, often progressive condition resulting from a weakened lower esophageal sphincter (a high pressure zone of the junction of the esophagus and […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Adults are struggling to budge the scale, but the youngest kids are giving public health advocates hope in the battle against obesity. “We’ve made progress in Mississippi in very young children,” said Dr. Dan Jones, director of clinical and population science for the Mississippi Center for Obesity […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Dance Center members from age 4 to 17 raised hope and money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital by dancing to holiday jingles at the Hope for the Holidays dance recital on Saturday. Beth Richardson, director of NMDC, started Hope for the Holidays three years ago with […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Few things are more miserable than a little one with a big cold. Tiny noses get red and runny. Throats get scratchy. It’s hard for anyone in the house to get any sleep. When adults have the sniffles, there’s a huge range of the over-the-counter options to keep them […]

If you use tobacco, be a quitter because quitting is winning.According to the 2015 Mississippi Tobacco Data published by the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University, Mississippi ranks sixth nationwide in the prevalence of adult smokers. Smokers lose their lives on an average of 15 years earlier than nonsmokers. Despite all the education […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Mammograms may be the best first-line defense against breast cancer deaths in the medical arsenal, but they are increasingly under fire. Concerns about false positives and overtreatment have moved some groups to dial back recommendations about when and how often women should be screened for breast cancer. Tupelo radiologist […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal No matter what set of breast cancer screening guidelines they follow, most women will find themselves in front of a mammography unit sooner or later. And they don’t need to be afraid or embarrassed by the experience. “For some people it is uncomfortable, but it’s nothing unbearable,” said Sherry […]

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, which means it will continue to worsen over time. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to watch your carbohydrates closely in your diet or to be active. The better you adhere to your diet and get moving, the slower the progression will be. At the time of being […]

By Jeff Roberson Oxford Citizen Maggie Mistilis knew her life was changing in December, 2008, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Everything changes when you hear you have cancer,” said Maggie, the wife of John Mistilis. “I just went into overdrive with all these emotions. Thank goodness John went with me to all my […]