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Getting Healthy in the Mississippi Delta

Rosalie Womack isn’t big on chairs. At 79, she finds herself in motion, lifting weights and participating in aerobic exercises. And with a little more encouragement, she might just start doing some yoga. “You can’t just sit all day long,” said Rosalie, a retired IT manager and comptroller for a company in Greenville. “I look
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Reducing Teen Pregnancy in the Delta

Jesse James Henderson will be racing to win for the next four years, and he doesn’t plan to let a lapse in judgment slow him down. Henderson is part of a new program in the Mississippi Delta aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. Called Delta Futures, the program is helping to meet the unique challenges of
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Delta Health Alliance Receives $900,000 Grant to Provide Mental Health Services in the Delta

Delta Health Alliance has received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration, to significantly expand the mental health and behavioral health services it provides to patients in Sunflower and Washington Counties. According to Dr. Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO, “Untreated mental health problems
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Leland Medical Clinic Adds X-Ray Equipment

LELAND, Miss. – Imagine an elderly woman falling on her front steps and having to be driven to another city for x-rays to determine whether she broke her hip — and then having to wait another 24 hours to receive the results of those x-rays. Until now, that scenario has been reality in this Delta
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A Community Health Fair

LELAND, Miss. – Good health is not so much a matter of motivation as it is adequate resources and community leadership, said Shelby Polk, associate professor of nursing and director of nurse practitioner programs at Delta State University (DSU). “And in that regard, Leland can become one of those communities known for building a healthy
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Leland Medical Clinic Opens Newly Renovated Facilities

LELAND, Miss. – With healthcare resources in rural areas of the state meager at best, Dianne Burchfield worried for a time whether residents in her community would have access to even the most basic services. “I’ve been here all my life, going to doctors in Leland, and I hoped I’d be able to keep doing
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Diabetes success story in the Delta

Ethel Kimber still sneaks a not-so-healthy snack every now and then. A few months ago that could’ve spelled trouble for the 82-year-old diabetic. “It was high,” she said of her blood sugar levels back in November. “But now I’m feeling a lot better. I give a whole lot of credit to the Leland Medical Clinic.
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New Nurse Practitioners at Leland Medical Clinic

LELAND, Miss. — When Deniece McAdory brought her skills as a nurse practitioner to the Leland Medical Clinic, she had one message for the patients who look to her for care. “I told them that there’s a new sheriff in town,” said McAdory. “I’m trying to re-wire these patients so they know that education is
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A Cold or the Flu? by Dr. Dale

So how do you suspect one or the other?  Let’s compare and contrast them. Colds are caused by viruses and can occur throughout the year. They may begin with a mild sore throat and sinus stuffiness, possibly with a low grade fever, and progress down the upper respiratory tract over a couple of days and
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Thanksgiving Moderation by Dr. Dale

Thanksgiving heralds the coming holiday season, and we all are looking forward to our favorite holiday foods. I would encourage you all to enjoy your meals in moderation, but be cautious about overeating which can lead to a variety of problems. If you are diabetic, have high blood pressure, gout, or other common illnesses you
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