By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The arrival of the Ebola virus on U.S. soil is serious, but the risk to the public is low, according to health officials. “Unless they are traveling to West Africa, the average Mississippian doesn’t need to be too concerned,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. Public health officials have […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Breast cancer survivor Sheri Prentiss challenged women to fill their lives with love and inspiration. “There can be life, health and hope after breast cancer,” Prentiss told a crowd of women at the Girls’ Night Out hosted by the North Mississippi Medical Center Spirit of Women Initiative […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Women can fire up their spirits in the fight against breast cancer tonight. Breast cancer survivor and physician Dr. Sheri Prentiss will be the featured speaker at Spirit Girls’ Night Out tonight at Tupelo High School’s Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the North […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal A Calhoun County child is one of two new cases of the enterovirus confirmed Monday by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The common respiratory virus, which was also identified in a child from Forrest County, has caused concern because of an unusual number of severe respiratory illness and […]

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi health officials have confirmed three new cases of West Nile virus. That brings the state’s total so far this year to 40 cases. The total includes five deaths previously reported. The new cases were reported in Lowndes, Neshoba, and Rankin counties. So far this year, human West Nile cases have been […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Fall hardly has arrived, but Northeast Mississippians are starting to seek out flu vaccines. “We’ve already started giving lots of flu shots here,” said Dr. Deanna Nabors of the West Tupelo Medical Clinic. Flu vaccination is recommended for almost all children and adults. People who are at high risk […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Mississippi confirmed its first case of a respiratory virus that has sent children to the hospital in 27 states. A Hancock County child was hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 and recovered, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The virus – EV-D68 for short […]

Daily Journal The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in Monroe County. It is the second case of the mosquito-borne illness identified this year in Northeast Mississippi. In the state, there have been 37 cases confirmed and five deaths, including one reported last week in Lee County this […]

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Lee County couple Ralph and Megan Doxey haven’t let ALS steal their joy for life. “With bulbar onset, you cry or you laugh,” said Ralph Doxey, who was diagnosed in May 2013. “I got the laughter.”  The couple, who has two dogs, including Mo, pictured, will welcome their first child in the next few weeks.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Ralph and Megan Doxey don’t ever get tired of seeing ice bucket challenges in their Facebook feed. “It has been really incredible,” said Megan Doxey. “Before, nobody talked about ALS.” Ralph Doxey was officially diagnosed with ALS in May 2013. The unpredictable, progressive motor neuron disease – commonly known […]