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March 07, 2012


JACKSON, Miss. – Patients in the early stages of select head and neck cancers have a less-invasive option for surgery through University of Mississippi Health Care.

Two surgeons in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences have been certified to use transoral robotic surgery (TORS) to treat a variety of benign and select malignant tumors of the mouth, voice box, tonsil, tongue and other parts of the throat. Dr. Gina Jefferson and Dr. Kristen Otto, both assistant professors of otolaryngology, have completed the certification process through M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The minimally invasive approach, which accesses the surgical site through the mouth, has been shown to improve long-term swallowing function and to reduce risk of airway obstruction while speeding up the recovery time.

Jefferson said it’s important for primary care physicians to recognize the symptoms of patients with head and neck cancer to catch the disease as early as possible. Anyone with the following symptoms should be referred to a head and neck specialist for evaluation: a neck mass lasting for more than two weeks, hoarseness for more than two weeks, one-sided ear or throat pain, a lesion of the mouth that doesn’t heal with antibiotics, unintentional weight loss and coughing of blood.

For more information contact Patrice Guilfoyle at (601) 815-3940.


HATTIESBURG, Miss. – There is a common opinion in modern medicine that the wellness of patients is a crucial element in the future of health care. Current costs for healthcare are high, and this is largely due to an increase in claims due to obesity and obesity-related diseases and disorders. For this reason, the American College of Sports Medicine, in conjunction with the American Medical Association, has launched Exercise is Medicine®, a global initiative to help health care providers to become effective at consistently counseling and referring patients with regard to their physical activity needs.

“This program is a response to the tremendous need in this area for lifestyle intervention,” said Lee Armstrong, Anatomies Gateway Administrator and Exercise Physiologist. “Through the referrals of trusted healthcare providers, Anatomies, in Hattiesburg, is reaching out to individuals who are either newcomers to exercise or returning to an active lifestyle involving exercise.”

Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, at Southern Miss helped to construct this program and advised the Anatomies staff with implementation. “This program works by designing a customized fitness plan to meet the individuals’ needs.”

For more information about the Gateway Program at Anatomies, contact Lee Armstrong at 601.579.9555. For information regarding the Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation, call 601.266.5386.


BROOKHAVEN, Miss. – A group of physicians and hospital leaders at The King’s Daughters Hospital in Brookhaven, MS, recently conducted a research project to reduce obesity, that has had remarkable success. There was a 31 percent drop in body fat in the participants after eight weeks without dieting. The research subjects (hospital employees, average age 46) spent 20-minutes, three-days-a-week following a special exercise protocol created by a member of the hospital staff, as an obesity-fighting workout program.

“This program could potentially save Medicare millions by reducing obesity and reducing the need for cholesterol-lowering statin drugs (a $14 billion class of drugs) and reducing the number of diabetics and metabolic syndrome patients on Medicare,” says Dr. Jeff Ross, hospitalist and a member of the hospital administrative staff.
“This exercise program also has the potential to drastically reduce childhood obesity in the US,” says pediatric cardiologist Dr. David Braden, lead author of the research report.

The exercise program developed by King’s Daughters manager, Phil Campbell, who is board certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Healthcare Executives, is called the “Sprint 8.”

While “Sprint 8” only takes 20 minutes, three-days-a-week, it is an intense exercise program that conditions the aerobic and the anaerobic processes for the heart muscle. Campbell recommends that individuals see their physicians before starting this or any anaerobic exercise.

For more information about the KDMC exercise protocol, contact David Culpepper (601) 823-5288.

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