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CenterView: January 18, 2010

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ACT Center helps tobacco users say no to nicotine - for good

A tobacco-treatment center that originated with a dentist and a psychologist encouraging smokers to kick the habit has just passed its 10-year milestone while at the same time expanding its services to more locations than ever before.

New clinic to relieve ED burden, improve customer service

Dust and the smell of paint greet visitors to the developing clinic space hidden from public view, but the future of fast-track patient care services is taking shape.

UMMC's 'best party' celebrates milestone, supports Alliance

This year, Taste of the U celebrates two decades of fun and 20 years of service to UMMC on February 20, at the Jackson Medical Mall. By serving up taste-sized portions of food prepared by UMMC chefs, the event has raised $500,000 for Medical Center projects just since 1997.

Rats given antidepressants may help scientists understand, prevent autism

Researchers say they have found connections between autism-like behavior in rats and exposure of those animals to antidepressants during early brain development.

Local bank funds pediatric transport

Trustmark National Bank will be providing yearly funding for the newly-developed Pediatric Transport Service at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. The contribution was inspired by the bank's commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities in which they do business and in which its employees live, according to Melanie Morgan, senior vice president and director of corporate communications for Trustmark.

SOM alum named state health officer

Dr. Mary Currier, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, was named state health officer by the Mississippi State Board of Health Jan. 13. Currier, who will serve a six-year term, succeeds Dr. Ed Thompson, who died in December 2009.

Vice chancellor field narrows

Two finalists have been named in the search for a new vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The finalists include one internal and one external candidate.

UMMC family can help Haitian Mission Fund

The earthquake in Haiti has caused injuries at the hospital where Sister Clarice Carroll was going to be the first nurse midwife. Carroll, associate professor of ob-gyn, retired Dec. 31, and was scheduled to go to the rural hospital this spring. Although communications are limited, she has confirmed that some of the sisters who ran the hospital were injured in their convent in Port-Au- Prince. Carroll has set up the Haitian Mission Fund at the Trustmark Bank for anyone who would like make a contribution to the hospital.