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Specialty care closer to coast families thanks to Children's of Mississippi

Specialty care closer to coast families thanks to Children's of Mississippi

Specialized medical care is closer than ever for Andrew Fillingame.The 11-year-old from Long Beach has severe refractory epilepsy, at one point suffering some 50 seizures a day. After a hemispherectomy at Batson Children's Hospital, the number of...

Ruckdeschel takes lead role in UMMC’s cancer fight

Ruckdeschel takes lead role in UMMC’s cancer fight

Dr. John C. Ruckdeschel has joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Cancer Institute director and Ergon Chair in Cancer Research.Ruckdeschel brings a wealth of experience to the job, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health...

No getting ‘round it: Employee voices need to be heard

No getting ‘round it: Employee voices need to be heard

When University of Mississippi Medical Center leaders asked employees face-to-face their feelings on communication and respect on campus, they got honest feedback.Their conversations were part of Leadership Rounds, a key element of UMMC's journey...

Ruckdeschel brings problem-solving skills to state’s cancer puzzle

Ruckdeschel brings problem-solving skills to state’s cancer puzzle

Dr. John Ruckdeschel views the pieces of cancer care practiced by multiple departments at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and across the state with an eye toward using them to help solve the state's puzzle of high cancer deaths.“The...

Sanderson Farms Championship donation to Friends of Children's Hospital sets record

Sanderson Farms Championship donation to Friends of Children's Hospital sets record

Century Club Charities, the host organization of the Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi's only PGA TOUR event, donated a record $1.125 million from the 2016 tournament to Friends of Children's Hospital, topping its previous record-setting...

Prognosis good for Gov. William Winter following fall, head injury

Prognosis good for Gov. William Winter following fall, head injury

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter is recovering well at the University of Mississippi Medical Center following a head injury and should move from the neuroscience intensive care unit on Tuesday to a regular room, his doctor says.Winter, 93,...

New guidelines call for more non-opioid pain relievers

New guidelines call for more non-opioid pain relievers

Too often, the nation's top federal health agency says, doctors put an opioid prescription into the hands of patients who complain of chronic or one-time pain or those who in truth don't hurt.New guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control...

UMMC earns human research accreditation

UMMC earns human research accreditation

When people volunteer for a research study, they want to know that the scientists have their best interests in mind. The University of Mississippi Medical Center now has an accreditation to back it up.The Association for the Accreditation of Human...

UMMC makes the most of research money

UMMC makes the most of research money

The University of Mississippi Medical Center outpaces institutions such as Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University in relative research productivity.UMMC scientists publish 10 peer-reviewed publications for every $1 million they receive...

New SHRP faculty digs big data

New SHRP faculty digs big data

With only a few weeks left in her premed undergraduate degree program at the University of California, Davis, Shamsi Berry decided she'd rather have a degree in physical anthropology. Little did she know that she had taken the first step on the...

People of the U: John Clark Packer

People of the U: John Clark Packer

John Clark Packer is a Big Fan, indeed.Closest to the UMMC Children's Miracle Network coordinator's heart are the Mississippi State Bulldogs: He traveled back and forth to Omaha, Nebraska - twice - to watch the baseball team make it to the...

Top UMMC Stories of 2016

Top UMMC Stories of 2016

Bringing greater research awards, record-setting fundraising, scientific discoveries and further growth in academic endeavors to the state of Mississippi, 2016 turned out to be a remarkable year for the Medical Center.Take a moment to once again...

Palliative care has new champion for adults facing serious illness

Palliative care has new champion for adults facing serious illness

Adults facing a serious, or even life-ending, illness harbor at least two different types of hopes, said Dr. J. Keith Mansel, professor of medicine and new director of adult palliative care.There's the patient who hopes to continue working, “to be...

Three generations forge family tradition in medicine

Three generations forge family tradition in medicine

It's not uncommon for a family to remain loyal to a university or college through several generations.But when Dr. Paul Harold Moore Sr. graduated from the four-year School of Medicine nearly six decades ago, he began forging a singular family...

MDWFP officers, Santa wrap up Christmas for Batson

MDWFP officers, Santa wrap up Christmas for Batson

One by one they came, appliance-sized boxes filled with trucks and trains, dolls and action figures, footballs and Teddy bears, carried by officers with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.A parade of toys carried by a...

UMMC access to Medicaid patient health records enhances care

UMMC access to Medicaid patient health records enhances care

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is closing in on one million patient health records exchanged with the state Division of Medicaid in a new effort that allows caregivers to make better-informed decisions by quickly reviewing a patient's...

Sex, drugs and brains: probing the origins of addiction

Sex, drugs and brains: probing the origins of addiction

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes the brain grow vulnerable.In the study featured in the September 21 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, UMMC researchers show how removing their mates may make rats more susceptible to drug...

Employee focus groups to ponder meaning of respect

Employee focus groups to ponder meaning of respect

When University of Mississippi Medical Center employees say they're respected by their supervisors - or not - just what do they mean, and how have their experiences shaped their beliefs?Creation of five focus groups by the Medical Center seeks to...

Gift of life: Transplants in 2016 at record high

Gift of life: Transplants in 2016 at record high

It's not unusual for the University of Mississippi Medical Center's abdominal transplant team to do a couple of surgeries in a 24-hour period.But 11 over a long weekend, on top of trauma cases from the ED and other emergency surgeries vying for the...

Nursing students lend artistic hand to scout's project

Nursing students lend artistic hand to scout's project

Preston Vaughan, a 16-year-old junior from Hillcrest Christian School, set a goal for his Eagle Scout project, then exceeded it by 300 percent - with the help of students from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing.When he first presented...

UMMC experts hold court on health during Medical Monday

UMMC experts hold court on health during Medical Monday

At noon on the first and third Mondays of each month, viewers of WLBT-Channel 3 get handy and practical medical information - delivered by a University of Mississippi Medical Center expert.As part of a new agreement with the station, the noon...

UMMC scientists, leaders praise 21st Century Cures Act

UMMC scientists, leaders praise 21st Century Cures Act

University of Mississippi Medical Center scientists and leaders are celebrating the 21st Century Cures Act and its promise to advance biomedical innovation in the United States.Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 30 and the U.S. Senate...

Dental community remembers couples lost in crash

Dental community remembers couples lost in crash

Just before noon on Sunday, August 14, Mississippi's dental community suffered a great loss. Six University of Mississippi alumni were killed in a plane crash in Alabama. Four were graduates from the School of Dentistry. They were making their way...

Thigpen leaves immeasurable impact on cancer patients, research

Thigpen leaves immeasurable impact on cancer patients, research

Dr. James T. “Tate” Thigpen has helped UMMC's cancer programs grow from a seedling in 1973 to an orchard in 2016, the year he chose for retirement.But John Blessing calls the Picayune native's retirement as professor and director of the Division of...

Down to a science: Base Pair turns 25

Down to a science: Base Pair turns 25

For 25 years, Base Pair has strengthened science education for Mississippi students both on an individual basis and in classrooms around the state.Base Pair began as a biomedical research mentorship program that paired faculty from the University...