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Now's the time to take on flu vaccine

Updated: 09/14/2010 - There's no time to waste when it comes to preparing for flu season. That's why the Knox County Health Department began offering the flu shot today through its Fast Track clinic, which is designed to get as many people vaccinated as possible.

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KCHD begins giving flu vaccines

Posted: 09/12/2010 - The Knox County Health Department plans to begin offering influenza vaccinations beginning Monday, September 13.

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Children of obese moms more likely to be obese

Posted: 09/07/2010 - New research has found that women who gain too much weight during pregnancy give birth to bigger babies and increase their children's chances of being overweight as adults.

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Recession may have pushed US birth rate to new low

Posted: 08/27/2010 - The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the recession is a big reason. They believe the sluggish economy has led many people to put off having children.

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FDA panel favors Glaxo epilepsy drug

Posted: 08/11/2010 - Federal health advisers say GlaxoSmithKline's epilepsy drug Potiga appears effective in controlling seizures.

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Spinal tap fluid may diagnose Alzheimer's

Updated: 08/11/2010 - If you have a loved one suffering with Alzheimer's, then you know the personal pain it can cause patients and their family. While a cure may be years away, there are new advances being made to diagnose the disease. Healthcare workers at an Alzheimer's center spend the day helping patients with activities to strengthen their minds.

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Plague vaccine tests start in E. Tenn., part of nat'l study

Updated: 08/12/2010 - The Bubonic Plague is one of the oldest known diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and it's the CDC's number one concern as a biological weapon. Now they are testing a vaccine in nationwide, including East Tennessee.

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Tennessee 41st in 'Kids Count' rankings

Updated: 07/27/2010 - The 2010 "Kids Count" rankings are out and there's a big change for the State of Tennessee. The rankings measure everything from the teen birth rate to the percentage of children in poverty. This year, Tennessee came in 41st - its best ranking yet. But there was a spike when it came to child poverty, the number of children in single-parent families and the percentage of low-birthweight babies.

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Report: Tenn. 5th laziest state in U.S.

Posted: 07/27/2010 - Tennesseans are lazy, according to a BusinessesWeek.com report that listed the Volunteer State as the 5th laziest state in the Union.

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Report: Most TN small businesses eligible for health care credit

Updated: 07/22/2010 - More than 89.6 percent of Tennessee small businesses with fewer than 25 employees will be eligible this year for tax credits to help pay the cost of employee health coverage, according to a new report issued by the consumer health organization Families USA and small business advocacy group Small Business Majority.

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Get Fit campaign offers tips for kids

Posted: 07/13/2010 - The Tennessee Department of Health has added fitness and nutrition information on its website to encourage young people to get fit.

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Get Fit campaign offers tips for kids

Posted: 07/13/2010 - The Tennessee Department of Health has added fitness and nutrition information on its website to encourage young people to get fit.

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Businesses beat the heat

Updated: 07/08/2010 - How businesses who rely on mother nature are fairing with the heat

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Tennessee students to get additional shots

Posted: 07/07/2010 - Nashville health and school officials are making sure seventh-graders and their parents are aware of two additional immunization shots the students are required to have before returning to school.

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Clinics waiting to administer new immunizations

Posted: 07/06/2010 - It's still summer break, but if your kid is a rising seventh-grader there's one thing that requires your attention now. The state is requiring new vaccinations. But health officials in Knox County say they aren't seeing the numbers they'd like to see at their clinics, and many students aren't anxious to get the shot, anyway.

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