While the holiday season is one of the most joyous times of the year, it can also be a time of tragedy. USA Today stated recently the most dangerous holiday times were the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day along with the Fourth of July, with the Fourth of July being the deadliest. Mississippi […]

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Flu viruses are notoriously hard to target, and this year's vaccine has turned out to be slightly off target. But even though it's not a perfect match, the vaccine should provide protection, lessening the severity of the illness.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal This year’s flu shot isn’t a perfect match, but it’s still worth the stick, according to public health officials. “There is a benefit to decreasing the severity of the illness,” said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi state epidemiologist. Last week, the Centers for Disease control announced tests had determined the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tree of Life Free Clinic has begun work to provide more shelter for its patients. Demolition began this week to create an open-air pavilion in front of the West Main Street building where the all-volunteer mission clinic provides medical and basic dental care twice a month. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Advocates are revving up their efforts in the fight against breast cancer. On Monday, the Susan G. Komen North Mississippi affiliate officially unveiled the new Mississippi breast cancer awareness car tag. It updates the existing tag that has been available for a number of years. “We split […]

University of Mississippi associate professor Jack McClurg was inspired to run in today's St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon by his granddaughter, Lylah.

OXFORD – Not many college professors would ascribe hero status to a 3-year-old, but Jack McClurg is not just any college professor. And his granddaughter Lylah is not just any 3-year-old. Since April, Lylah has been at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma. The Booneville native has finished six rounds of chemotherapy, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Mississippi’s health woes are well-documented, but its public health advocates have brought home national honors for their efforts to turn the tide. Mississippi Public Health Association was named the outstanding affiliate of the year by the American Public Health Association at its annual conference in November. “We’re honored to […]

The five members of the HealthWorks! team, clockwise from top left, Stephanie Ellis, Kim Burleson, Kathy Tucker, Stephanie Faulconer and Rebecca Goysich, snapped this photo before heading out to a program at Holly Springs Primary School in September. As part of the #Uhaulfamous promotion, the photo is now on 45 trucks in 41 states. (Courtesy)

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – HealthWorks! is hitching a ride across the country with U-Haul. The Tupelo children’s health education center, known for its tie-dyed, infectious contaminating fun, had a photo accepted in the #Uhaul Famous promotion. A colorful photo taken in September is now in part of photo montages on 45 […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal No one wants to be on the receiving end of holiday germ attacks. But this time of year, germs seem to be out in full force and ready to ruin your party. Whether it’s the crud or a stomach bug, there are steps you can take to reduce your […]

More than 700,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year. Approximately two-thirds of these individuals survive and require rehabilitation. The goal of rehabilitation is to help survivors become as independent as possible. Although therapy is not a “cure” and does not reverse brain damage, it can help people achieve the best possible outcome. […]