COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is quite common in the United States and around the world. An estimated 12.7 million adults in the U.S. carry a diagnosis of COPD, but approximately 24 million have evidence of impaired lung function, indicating an under-diagnosis. Cigarette smoking is the most commonly identified cause of COPD; however, […]

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By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Babies spend a lot of time sleeping. Newborns are snoozing 16 to 17 hours a day. Six-month-olds are catching zzzzs for an average of 14 hours a day. At a year, most babies are still spending half the day in the land of Nod. Creating a safe sleep environment […]

Football season is almost upon us and with it comes cold and flu season. Many of us will suffer the sore throat, stuffy nose and cough this time of year brings. Often it is difficult to discern whether a cold is just a cold or whether it may be a sinus infection, bronchitis or pneumonia. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County administrator Sean Thompson headed home this week, 46 days after a stroke landed him in critical condition. The 44-year-old Tupelo resident will begin intensive outpatient rehabilitation next week, said his wife Jodie Thompson. “He has so exceeded their expectations this far, but he still has […]

Daily Journal Kay Henry, the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Director of Nursing, was recently selected as a Public Health Nurse Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Henry will participate in a two-year leadership development program, which recognizes nurses who are ready to lead public health departments in creating a culture of health in […]

Daily Journal North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital will host a Baby Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 22, for new and expectant parents. The free event will be held at the NMMC Women’s Hospital, 4566 S. Eason Blvd. Participants can browse the selection of baby clothing, photos, gifts, toys and keepsakes from local merchants. Drawings […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Staying hydrated in the summer heat is serious business. Most of the time, water is going to be the best choice to stay well-hydrated and avoid heat illness. “Your body is made up of 80 percent water,” said Walt Wilkins, who heads North Mississippi Medical Center’s athletic trainers program. […]

I was doing my usual stop-fooling-around-and-write-your column dance with myself this week when I happened across an article in a recent issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Is vinegar an effective treatment for blood sugar control or weight loss?” the article began. I stopped fooling around to find out. Vinegar […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health says a Simpson County resident has the state’s third confirmed case of West Nile virus this year. Laboratories previously confirmed cases in Adams and Hinds counties. Last year, 43 people in Mississippi came down with the virus, and seven of them died. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas […]