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Friday, July 13: Stroke Study

Air date 07/13/12

The rate of stroke in Mississippi is more than 50% higher than the rest of the country, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. And the window of time when treating a stroke can be most effective is often less than four hours, but a new stem cell therapy being tested by the University of Mississippi Medical Center could extend that time by as much as a full day.  Dr. Alexander Auchus is coordinating UMMC's portion of the nationwide study. He tells MPB's Ezra Wall this study is the first of its kind in Mississippi.

Then, a new nationwide research project at Mississippi State University is finding new ways to reach out to blind students. The program takes blind students and pairs them with blind mentors who are already in the workplace. Dr. Jamie O'Mally is a research professor with the program, called the National Research and Training Center for Blindness and Low Vision. She tells our Karen Brown what's special about the program at Mississippi State.

Also, Mississippi's insurance exchange, long-supported by several top Republican leaders, is now taking heat from conservative groups. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports.

Plus, Anita Modak-Truran joins us as she often does on Friday mornings, and talks with MPB's Ezra Wall about the premier this week and summer movies. What movies are you planning to watch this weekend? Look for Mississippi Edition on Facebook and Twitter, and let us know!


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