4 years after BP oil spill, questions rise about long-term health

April 11, 2014 in Business, Health

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up […]

House approves marijuana oil under strict conditions

March 28, 2014 in Health, News, Uncategorized

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Mississippi House of Representatives voted Thursday to make a medicinal marijuana oil legal in the state under tightly controlled circumstances. The House voted 112-6 to […]

Governor holds summit to ‘Stomp Out Teenage Pregnancy’

December 13, 2012 in Health, News, Top Stories

Special to The Mississippi Link

Gov. Phil Bryant told approximately 350 attendees last week that he has a goal to try and decrease teen pregnancy by 15 percent by 2017. The Governor was the keynote speaker at his Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi first Teens Pregnancy Prevention Summit, Dec. 6, at the Jackson Convention Complex.

He said many, early on, tried to discourage him from setting such a big goal….

December 1 World AIDS Day focusing on disease’s effect on global landscape

November 29, 2012 in Health, News, Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
Interim Managing Editor

The biggest day of the year dedicated to the awareness of the effect of HIV/AIDS on the global landscape is Saturday, Dec. 1.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “About 500,000 people get HIV each year and young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent a quarter of these new HIV infections or 26 percent.”

Four and a half decades of service to children at heart

October 18, 2012 in Health, News, Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
Staff Writer

The Friends of Children of Mississippi (FCM), with its executive director from its inception Dr. Marvin Hogan still at the helm, celebrated its 46th Anniversary Monday, Oct. 15.

“Forty-five years ago, there appeared to be very little concern about poor children and families, and Head Start services were not readily available,” said Hogan, in assessment of the four and a half decades he personally has dedicated to child welfare….

Organizers of Walk to End Alzheimer’s: ‘Keep the robber at bay’

September 19, 2012 in Health, News, Top Stories, Videos

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
Staff Writer
As the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Mississippi was set to begin, former editor of The Mississippi Link, Gail Brown, whose father succumbed to this dreaded disease, put out the rallying call:
“Alzheimer’s is like a robber that goes in and out of the homes of families, stealing its victims’ memory and quality of life.” …

VIDEO: Jackson Walk To End Alzheimer’s 2012 Interviews with Wagner and Anderson

September 17, 2012 in Health, News, Top Stories

WATCH THE VIDEO: The Mississippi Link reporter Ayesha K. Mustafaa interviews attendees and participants of The Walk To End Alzeheimer’s held on September 15 2012 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi.
Pamela Wagner representing Brandon Nursing and Rehab, and Sheila Anderson of Houston, Texas honored her Aunt Sadie.

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Robbery in Progress

August 31, 2012 in Health, News, Top Stories

Mini Series – Part four
Disaster preparedness while remembering ‘grandma’
By Gail Brown
Special to The Mississippi Link
As severe weather looms over the metro and surrounding areas, Gentiva Hospice Executive Director Janet Butts and her staff were busy making sure their patients were safe, secure and had the supplies needed in case of a disaster.