“I think I’m having gallbladder problems.” Chances are you have heard this phrase from a friend or family member. Gallbladder issues are very common; in the United States alone last year more than 500,000 gallbladder surgeries were done. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped sack just below the liver, typically on the right side of the […]

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Cecil Ivory, 49, of Nettleton, underwent chemotherapy for his colorectal cancer in 2007. He said he wishes he'd gotten screened earlier, especially since he has a family history of colon cancer.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Cecil Ivory of Nettleton knows how lucky he is. “I’m blessed,” said the 49-year-old colon cancer survivor. “I thank God for every day.” He’s been healthy since he recovered from surgery and chemotherapy in 2007, and he encourages others to get screened for colon cancer and check out any […]

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and a good time to learn more about colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) and how it can be prevented or best treated. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women. This year, approximately 140,000 new […]

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For incontinence patients who don't find relief from first line medications, Oxford urologist Dr. Land Renfroe has seen good results with bladder control therapy implant. It uses electrical signals to help work around the "gotta go" sensations.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Incontinence can be a loaded health issue. The problem with a leaky system might be physical, but it bleeds over into other areas of life. “It affects the quality of life along the lines of clinical depression,” said Oxford urologist Dr. Land Renfroe. Overactive bladder – also called urgency […]

The concept of vaccination has been one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine and has prevented millions of illnesses, saved millions of lives and millions of dollars. Despite these advances, millions of adults go unvaccinated each year, which places them at risk for vaccine-preventable illness, complications and even death. Common adult vaccines include the […]

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Robert Porter has counted Mended Hearts as part of his post-heart surgery regimen.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The ranks of heart surgery survivors are growing exponentially. “Survival has improved dramatically,” for both open heart surgery or minimally invasive catheter procedures, said Tupelo cardiologist Dr. Barry Bertolet. Heart disease patients can often look forward to years of good health, if they take care of themselves. “Technology can […]

Regardless of your age or health status, it’s never too late to make better choices. Today I invite you to start a new life resolution. All you need is a goal, a plan and the desire to live better. The American Heart Association’s free Life Check Assessment at mylifecheck.heart.org can help figure out your starting […]

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Bella Bailey, 5, tries on her wizard hat.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – To celebrate six years in business, HealthWorks! threw itself a magical birthday party Saturday and invited everyone. And with admission free for the party, the health education center in Tupelo was packed with kids of all ages. James Hubbard of Tupelo brought his two small children but soon […]

JACKSON (AP) – State health officials say Mississippi is now the first in the nation to have a third statewide system of care in place to help save the lives of trauma and stroke victims. Jim Craig, director of health protection for the state Department of Health, says in a news release that hospitals can […]