JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the state’s second human case of West Nile virus for 2014. The new reported case is in Newton County. In February, health officials reported a case in Hinds County. The state health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013, Mississippi had […]

The blood-sucking mosquito is a nuisance, as well as a threat with the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus and cephalitis. June, July and August are prime months for mosquito activity. (PRNewsphoto/Orkin LLC)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Itchy, red welts from mosquito bites are a summertime tradition, and so is the city of Tupelo’s spray truck. Boyd Yarbrough, 60, grew up in the Joyner neighborhood, and he remembers hot nights when the blood-sucking insects were most active. “We called it the fog truck. It […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville took a big step forward in heart care with a small incision. The hospital was the first small rural hospital without a cardiology program to implant the Linq insertable cardiac monitor system on May 23. “It is important to the leadership of both Baptist […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – United Blood Services is partnering with the CREATE Foundation to assist with tornado relief. For each donor who gives blood between Thursday and Saturday, United Blood Services is donating $10 to the Northeast Mississippi Tornado Relief Fund. The Eason Boulevard blood donation center is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]

Asthma is a common chronic airway disease causing potentially significant disability to those affected. It is the product of complex interactions between genetic susceptibilities and environmental factors, although the exact etiology is not well understood. Factors which may increase one’s likelihood for developing asthma include allergic susceptibility, presence of eczema (skin rash commonly found in […]

By Michaela Morris Daily Journal An old friend will share medical insights from off the beaten path in Tupelo and Pontotoc this week. Dr. James Hubbard, who practiced in Tupelo, Verona and Pontotoc for years, will return Thursday and Saturday to share how, for those times when expert help is delayed, a basic knowledge of […]

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Anyone who's ever dealt with an overflowing laundry basket can sympathize with Clyee Jamison, who works for North Mississippi Medical Center Laundry Services.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal When the work day’s done in Tupelo, her family’s laundry isn’t the first thing on Judy Murphy’s mind. “Uh, no,” she said. That’s not a surprise. Dealing with piles of dirty laundry probably isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time. But Murphy is North Mississippi Medical Center’s director of […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Across North Mississippi, people are lighting candles against the darkness of cancer. Brittany Trimble and her co-workers at the Gap will celebrate and remember with the other teams at the Lee County Relay for Life at Fairpark on May 30. Like Relay for Life events across the region, teams […]

One of the most iconic eras in America was during the 1960s when muscle cars came about – from the Ford Mustang to the Chevy Corvette. Cars of this era that have had regular oil changes and preventive maintenance are still functioning. My father-in-law, who is a mechanic, continually reminds me to keep my truck […]