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It's not a cookie or a mint, but for people with sleep apnea, a CPAP mask can help deliver a good night's sleep. The sleep medicine labs where sleep apnea is diagnosed look more like nice hotels than hospital rooms.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal A good night’s sleep isn’t a luxury. It can be a lifesaver for people with sleep apnea, the most common sleep disorder in North Mississippi. “You need a good night’s sleep,” said sleep medicine technologist Adam Smith, Sleep Care at Fairpark manager. “People don’t realize how dangerous it is.” […]

Daily Journal The North Mississippi Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center is celebrating a quarter of a century and its new location. The center, now located at 1845 S. Green St. in Tupelo, will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. July 10. “We went from 12 beds in two areas to one location” […]

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women. Each year more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Mississippi is among six states with the highest lung cancer death rates in the U.S. Most lung cancers don’t cause symptoms until they’re advanced, making treatment difficult. While […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed the first case of chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia. State health officials say in a news release a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Haiti has the illness. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and joint […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – School health advocates were gobbling up resources to get kids moving more and eating smarter in Tupelo on Tuesday. More than 150 educators, child nutrition leaders and school nurses from 47 school districts were registered for the annual Wellness Summit at HealthWorks! children’s health education center. They […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating its first potential case of chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia. State health officials said Tuesday that a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Haiti may have the illness. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and joint […]

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The Barnes family of Tupelo, from left, Jacob, almost 5, Jeff, Jessica and Caleb, 3 1/2, needed assistance from infertility specialists to come to fruition. "I have two miracle babies," Jessica Ridgeway-Barnes said. "We just had to have help with one of them."

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Relaxing and letting nature take its course wouldn’t have brought a baby to the Barnes family. “My body was broken,” said Jessica Ridgway-Barnes of Tupelo, who, with husband Jeff Barnes, went through a four-year odyssey to bring son Jacob, who will be 5 this month, into the world. Roughly […]

Hospitalists are physicians dedicated to the care of patients in the hospital setting. The specialty has seen dramatic growth over the last 15 years as fewer and fewer physicians provide care for patients in both the clinic and hospital setting. Multiple factors have led to the shift, including the reality that patients with illnesses requiring […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Lafayette County supervisors on Monday accepted two measures to help in case of a mass-casualty event or a public health emergency. The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi State Department of Health to accept an AmBus kit to convert a school bus into an ambulance […]