Advances in medical technology are improving lives of Northeast Mississippi residents. On today’s episode, we explore a few examples.
Zack Orsborn (10:58) joins Derek and Brad to talk about some new methods being used at North Mississippi Medical Center. Zack recently spoke with officials at NMMC’s Sleep Disorder Center and the NMMC Heart and Vascular Institute about new technologies.
The sleep center has been using more in-home sleep tests, which help it reach patients who have difficulty with lab tests. The heart institute recently switched to cryoablation, a new technique for treating patients with an irregular rhythm in the upper chest. It cuts back on both patient stay time and the cost of hospital bills.
Meanwhile, Michaela Morris (19:36) joins the show to talk about a paraplegic woman who is learning to walk again using a robotic exoskeleton.
Carla Belue of Red Bay, Alabama, has relied on a wheelchair for 24 years. Recently she was able to acquire the ReWalk robotically assisted walking system. She comes to NMMC’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center three times a week to learn how to use the device with the hopes to eventually use it at home. Belue is the first person in Mississippi to use the system, which is trigged by shifts in her center of gravity to take steps.
Also, food editor Ginna Parsons (33:11) has the highlights of this week’s food section – Creole chicken pasta, grilling, Jefferson chicken crepes and more.