Daily Journal TUPELO – Sanctuary Hospice House’s executive director, Linda Gholston, has announced her retirement effective this summer. The Sanctuary board made the announcement Thursday. Gholston has led the nonprofit hospice program since January 2005. The west Tupelo facility accepted its first patient in November 2005 and has since served more than 2,100 patients, as […]

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Gastroentereologists like Dr. Steve Amann of Tupelo are encouraging people to get screened for colorectal cancer. Colonoscopies, considered the gold standard for screening, can identify and remove polyps like those on the screen behind Amann before they have the opportunity to grow into cancer.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Colon cancer has Mississippi’s number. Mississippians are dying at the highest rates in the country from colorectal cancer – 23.7 deaths per 100,000 population. The national rate is 18.7 deaths per capita according to 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control. The numbers are eye-opening, even […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo’s Health on a Shelf has gotten noticed by the big leagues. The program created by the Healthy Tupelo task force in 2011 was highlighted in a research brief put out last month by the National League of Cities Sustainable Cities Institute. “It’s an affirmation,” of the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – If a new device to help reduce stroke risk gains FDA approval later this year, three Northeast Mississippians will share in the success. Tupelo cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Jim Stone, Cardiology of North Mississippi research nurse Marsha Jones and patient Patrick Clemens of Amory testified before an FDA […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Northeast Mississippi children’s health advocates are encouraged by signs that obesity is declining in toddlers and preschoolers. In a report published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that obesity among children ages 2 to 5 dropped – to 8 percent, from 14 percent […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A year-long partnership between the March of Dimes and North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital couldn’t have yielded any better results. As part of a national initiative to reduce medically unnecessary early deliveries, the Tupelo hospital reported the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation dropped […]

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Festival of Hope committee member Steve Miller, from left, festival chairwoman Liz Dawson and honorary chairman Dr. Barry Bertolet get their Irish on ahead of the Feb. 28 event with the theme “A Bit o’ Hope.” The annual event, which celebrates the work of teams who raise money to benefit local heart disease, cancer and diabetes patients, will be Feb. 28 at The Summit in Tupelo.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Cancer, heart disease and diabetes are decidedly not fun. But for 15 years and counting, the Festival of Hope has brought folks together to celebrate their efforts to help people fight the three diseases that touch nearly every family across the region in some form or fashion. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – A group of independent North Mississippi health care providers has received Medicare approval to participate as an accountable care organization. Accountable Physicians of North Mississippi was selected as one of 123 new accountable care organizations to participate in the shared savings program from the Centers for Medicare […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – At its annual Live and Love fundraiser banquet, Parkgate pregnancy clinic unveiled its latest effort against teen pregnancy – smartphone app Pow. Parkgate Executive Director Jima Alexander said the app works in tandem with the clinic’s Empower sexual education program. Children are first introduced to the material in […]