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MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
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Community members and fellow classmates of Natalie Hightower are gathering tonight for a candlelight vigil in her honor. The 12-year-old Vancleave Middle School student underwent surgery this past MondayMore >>
They came, looking like a sea of orange--Natalie's favorite color, more than 200 strong.More >>
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A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned. According to DMR Public Relations Manager Lauren Thompson said DMR received a report about the incident around 6:30 p.m.More >>
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
For anyone who's had trouble finding a doctor is Mississippi, there may be a reason. That's because the state comes in at 159 doctors per 100,000 people. That's the lowest in the nation.
One factor is because of the number of patients without health insurance. In Mississippi, that's just more than 18 percent. The national average is 15.5 percent.
Since doctors get paid more by treating patients with insurance, many look to states with a lower than average number.
For cardiologist Clay Hays with the state medical association, none of it is surprising.
"Trying to get people to go to places they want to practice requires money and if folks can't stay in business then they're not going to go there," said Hays.
That shortage, according to 24/7 Wall St., has it's consequences. The organization examined the ten worst and best states, concluding those with higher doctor-patient ratios tend to be healthier states with less smokers and lower rates of obesity.
With the state's life expectancy at almost 75 years, also the lowest in the nation, the rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease are even more troubling.
"People that are obese are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, congestive heart failure, strokes, sleep apnea, diabetes, a whole host of things. It's a real problem," said Hays.
Hays says efforts are underway to help change those rankings.
"We're trying to correct that with increased medical school class size. We're trying to encourage people to go into medicine with scholarships and that sort of thing," said Hays.
Recent legislation, pushed by Governor Phil Bryant and known as the Healthcare Zone Act, is one piece of the puzzle which state leaders hope will energize the healthcare sector. It passed the legislature and now allows medical zones to be established throughout the state and provides tax incentives.
There's also a push to get more doctors in rural areas, especially in the Delta. That's been a constant challenge for the medical community.
"Thirty six percent of the physicians in Mississippi live in an urban environment, but that's not where the patients are. There are 1.5 million patients that live out in the rural environment and we need to get them out there," said Hays. "That's important."
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