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Kim Burleson, a high-flying kid motivator at HealthWorks!, points out a pulmonary embolism and other lung diseases to children from around the region as they stand inside an inflatable lung while learning about how smoking can damage the lungs.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – An inside peek at the effects of smoking can be pretty convincing. Using two sets of preserved pig lungs, HealthWorks! high-flying kid motivator Kim Burleson showed a group of home-school students how their lungs could be affected by smoking during a program at the Tupelo children’s health […]

JACKSON (AP) – The University of Mississippi Medical Center is renovating a vacant building to serve as an isolation and treatment unit in the event of a confirmed or probable Ebola case in Mississippi. UMMC officials said in a news release Monday that the stand-alone structure is removed from other patient-care facilities on the Jackson […]

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During Doris Young’s last days, she was surrounded by family, including her husband of 68 years Ronnie Young and daughter Carol Ann Coker in her Bristow Acres  home. The support of NMMC Hospice staff members, like social worker Shirley Wood, was invaluable in helping them take care of Doris Young at home. Young passed away on Monday.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Hospice helped Carol Ann Coker keep her promise to her mother. Doris Young died at her Tupelo home Monday evening, surrounded by her family. Her husband of 68 years, Ronnie Young held her hand as she took her last breaths. For months, North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice […]

While contagious viruses are active year round, fall and winter are when we are all most vulnerable to them. This is largely because people spend more time indoors with others when the weather gets cold. Because colds and flu share many of the same symptoms, it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference based on […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Saturday marks the first day of health insurance hunting season. Mississippians, especially those who can’t access health insurance through their employer, can go shopping on healthcare.gov. The federal insurance marketplace is the only place consumers can access premium tax credits or a cost-sharing subsidy provided by the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – With help from golfing friends, the Bryan family has planted the seeds to help cancer patients in the West Point region. On Thursday, the Bryan family and Old Waverly staff presented $30,000 in proceeds from the recent Ladies Professional Golf Association Handa Cup at Old Waverly to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The Nov. 1 death of an Oregon woman who made the controversial decision to end her own life through medication has prompted a nationwide discussion about end-of-life ethics. Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with brain cancer at the beginning of this year. Though doctors performed numerous operations to keep her […]

More than 4,000 were in attendance for Saturday's Race for the Cure in Tupelo. (Shelby Daniel)

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – By the time the final walker crossed the starting line at the Race For the Cure, eventual winner Clark Dixon was a half-mile down the road. But that didn’t bother most of the sea of pink that grew to around 4,000 Saturday morning to help a good cause […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau BOONEVILLE – Eleven-year-old Ryvers Holloway asked her mom weeks ago about donating hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program during October in honor of cancer patients. Her mom, Rochelle Holloway, thought it a great idea. She wondered if Booneville High School, where her son Austin Holloway is on […]