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The Woodville Republican, Thursday, January 22, 2015 Page 3 Reader Reports Blue Birds At Her Bird Boxes ram Helps Students Examine Medical High school juniors con- sidering medical careers in Mississippi may apply by March 18 for an intense and revealing summer program at Mississippi State Univer- sity. The five-week Rural Medical Scholars summer program at MSU, which will take place from May 31 through July 6, aims to iden- tify the state's future pri- mary-care doctors and help them become members of the medical school class of 2024. "With the lowest number of physicians per capita in the .nation, Mississippiafis have limited access to care, which contributes to many of the negative health issues plaguing our state," said Bonnie Carew, rural health program leader for the MSU Extension Service. "The scholars program is helping to address that need for phy- sicians in Mississippi•" Carew said with a declin- ing number of rural physi- cians, the concern for ade- quate health care increases as well. A goal of the pro- gram is to develop a pipeline of future medical providers• "The program is clearly meeting the need it was de- signed to accomplish -- in- creasing the availability of physicians and health-care services through- out rural Mississippi," she said. "Since the start of the program in 1998, 317 stu- dents have participated in the RMS program, with most planning health-related ca- reers. Thirty-five of our grad- uates have gone on to medi- cal school, and 24 of those are practicing physicians today." The program is primarily funded by the MSU Exten- sion Service with additional assistance from the Missis- sippi Office of Rural Health. Students between their ju- nior and senior years with ACT composite scores of at least 24 will take two pre- med courses on the Starkville campus -- biology and sociol- ogy -- and observe doctors at practice. Participants will receive tuition, housing and text- books during the program. A $60 registration fee is re- quired after acceptance, and the scholars will be respon- sible for their food expenses. Applications and program details are available online at http:Hwww.RMS.msu- Free Radon Test Kits Available While Supply January is Radon Ac- tion Month, and the Mis- sissippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Radon Program is offering free radon test kits while sup- plies last. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas and is the sec- end leading cause of lung cancer nationwide. More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung can- cer each year, and radon causes up to 15 percent of lung cancers worldwide. recommended action level of 4 picoCuries of radon per liter of air. However, because of the geology of the area, higher levels of radon are typically mea- sured in northeastern Mis- sissippi counties• To test your home for ra- don, call the MSDH Radon Hotline at 1-800-626-7739 for a free test kit while supplies last. A test kit will be sent directly to you with testing instructions. The MSDH does not Radon is a radioactive, mitigate ~radon levels or gas found in nature. Its perform radon testing but source is natural uranium can assist homeowners in in the earth. Being a gas, radon moves upward out of the soil and into the atmo- sphere. Uranium is found in most soils and in gran- ite. Excessive radon levels have been found in all of the 50 states. In Missis- sippi, fewer than three per- cent of homes have radon levels in excess of the EPA locating approved contrac- tors for remedying any ra- don problems found. For more information on radon exposure, visit the MSDH website at www.]radon or call the MSDH Radon Pro- gram at 1-800-626-7739• Follow MSDH by e- mail and social media at HealthyMS'c°m/c°nnect" If You Have Undergone A And Were Diagnosed with ENDOMETRIAL or UTERINE CANCER, Call Our Office. We Are Investigating Potential Claims Involving The Instruments Used During Surgery (Morcellotor). 1-800-595-6244 The Law Office of Bobby Moak, P.C. The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements. Free background information available upon request. Usting of these previously mentioned areas of practice does not indicate any certification of expertise therein. For information on this office you may con- tact the Mississippi Bar at 601-948-4471, E;y e 625 Main St. • Woodvil]'e * 601-888-686 "Nothing is more precious than your eyesight." Dr. Dick Whitaker Optometrist Comprehensive Eye Exams Specialty Contact Lens Fits Designer Eyewear Diagnosis & Treatment of Eye Diseases Malieare t, M lleaid Aeeqd'el Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm Closed Thursday Daisy Fry, a resident of Sligo Street in Woodville, called on Monday after- noon, January 19, to report that after weeks and weeks of cold, rainy weather, blue birds have shown up in pairs to examine her bird nesting boxes. She reported lots of activ- ity in her yard on Sunday, January 18, and that she immediately climbed up and cleaned out her blue- bird house. Editor Andy Lewis also spotted a pair of blue birds flying to and from one of his nesting houses• We encourage our read- ers to look to cleaning out their purple martin houses in preparation of their usu- al arrival time in about a month• It also won't be too long until folks need to get out their humming bird feeders so when these little birds arrive, they will have plen- ty of sweet syrup to drink to build up their strength al r their long migration from their wintering areas. HIV Pre-Exposure Intervention Call Center Available In Mississippi On January 16 the Mis- sissippi State Depart- ment of Health (MSDH), in collaboration with the American Sexual Health Association, announced the availability of a new toll-free call center with information and referrals for those interested in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP), a prevention op- tion for those at high risk of contracting HIV. Mississippi is the first in the nation to provide this service for its residents, and health officials hope that HIV rates will gradu- ally decrease through the increased knowledge of intervention options avail- able. While the MSDH does not provide PrEP at its HIV treatment clinics, the call center can now link those who qualify to pro- viders who do offer it. "PREP is a high-impact intervention for HIV nega- tive individuals who par- ticipate in risky behavior," said MSDH State Epidemi- ologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. "When taken every day, PrEP can provide a high level of protection against HIV, and is even more ef- fective when it is combined with condoms and other prevention tools." PrEP involves taking a pill orally every day• The pill that has been shown to be safe and to help block HIV infection is called Tru- vada, a combination of the two drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine. If PrEP is taken daily, the presence of the medicine in the blood- stream can often stop HIV spreading in the body. According to the Cen- .ters for Disease Control and Prevention, in several studies, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infections in people who are at high risk by more than 90 percent for those who took the medi- cines consistently than for those who didn't take the medicines. PrEP is covered by most insurance programs, but if you do not have insurance, your health care provider can talk to you about drug assistance programs that help pay for PrEP medi- cine• For more information on PREP, contact the call cen- tar at 1-844-YES-PREP or ask your healthcare pro- vider. Follow MSDH by e- mail and social media at HealthyMS.conffconnect. LOCAL SELECTED TO NATIONAL TEAM -- Members of the American Trucking Association's "America's Road Team" are as follows, front row, left to right: Danny Smith, Big G Express, Inc; Henry Bruster of Woodville, USPS Freight; Eric Rams- dell, Walmart Transportation; Richie Buitrago, Con-way Freight; and Nell Kirk, Penske Logistics. Second row, same order: Charles Demchock II, Walmart Transportation; Derrick Whittle, Cargo Transporters, Inc; Paul Savil, UPS Freight; David Green, Werner Enterprises; Kirk Weis, ABF Freight System, Inc.; and Bill West, ABF Freight System, Inc. Third row, same order: Russell Simpson, Hol- land, Inc.; Chad Miller, ABF Freight System, Inc.; Scott Woodrome, FedEx Freight; Randall Luschen, Weinrich Truck Line, Inc; John McKown, UPS Freight; Eric Flick, FedEx Freight; Tim Vogt, Con-way Freight; and Bill Minor, Con-way Freight. -- Submit- ted Photo American Trucking As- sociations has named 19 truck drivers to represent the industry as the 2015- 2016 America's Road Team. "The selection process be- gan in October," said Henry Bruster of Woodville, who represented USPS Freight and was one of 19 finalists selected from 2039 appli- cants and who attended the June 11-13 competition. The drivers, who will serve as Road Team Cap- tains for two years, were selected from 31 finalists America's Road Team has who competed recently be- fore a panel of judges near ATA's Arlington, Va. Head- quarters. "America's Road Team represents the best of what tucking can be: dedication to safety, professionalism and pride in an industry delivered the message of safety to millions, and I'm proud that these individu- als will now be representing our industry," Graves said. The competition tested the driver's knowledge of the trucking industry and com- munication skills, and re- that delivers life's essen- viewed their community ser- tials every day," said ATA vice and safety records. The President Bill Graves. captains have 453 combined "These 19 outstanding years of experience and have professionals join a select logged more than 30.3 mil- fraternity. Since 1986, lion accident-free miles. Mississippi nized For Highest National Kindergarten Vaccination Rate Mississippi has the highest rate of vaccina- tion coverage for kin- dergarten students na- tionwide, according to a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Preve//[ion (CDC). The 45,719 kinclergar- ten students enrolled in public and private kin- dergarten classrooms throughout the state dur- ing the 2013 - 2014 school year had 99.7 percent vac- cination coverage, greater than the national median of 93.3 - 95 percent for the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine; the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTap); and the varicella vaccine. Mississippi requires five different vaccines to be administered prior to entering first grade. "We continue to be very proud of our vacci- nation rates," said MSDH State Health Officer' Dr. Mary Currier. "Missis- sippi's strong school en- try immunization law is protecting Mississippi residents from outbreaks of measles and other vac- cine-preventable diseases that other states have ex- perienced." The MSDH grants all requests for medical ex- emptions submitted by a licensed Mississippi pe- diatrician, family physi- clan or internist. Missis- sippi is one of 31 states that do not allow philo- sophical exemptions for children attending school or daycare. The Mississippi Supreme Court deemed religious exemptions unconstitu- tional in 1979. "Vaccines not only pro- tect the children who are vaccinated, but also pro- tect those around them who may be too young to be fully immunized or those with weakened im- mune systems," said Dr. Currier. "Mississippi chil- dren continue to die un- necessarily from vaccine- preventable diseases• Two children died from whooping cough in 2008 and 2012, which is pre- ventable through vaccina- tion." In fact, for U.S. chil- dren born between 1994 and 2013, immunizations are estimated to prevent more than 300 million ill- nesses, 21 million hospi- talizations, and 732,000 deaths. For more, informa- tion on the importance of childhood vaccinations, visit the MSDH web- site at www.HealthyMS. com/immunizations or call us toll-free at 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866- 458-4948). 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