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Health officials offer advice on Norovirus outbreak

Updated: 11/22/2010 - An outbreak at a Knox County Elementary School has been identified as Norovirus. Now, health workers are anxious to get the word out about what you should do if you or someone in your family has symptoms.

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UT on Prematurity Awareness

Posted: 11/18/2010 - UT Medical Center and the March of Dimes are working together to bring Prematurity Awareness across the area.

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Get Fit Friday: Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted: 11/12/2010 - It wouldn't be Thanksgiving dinner without the basics; turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. So what if you could have it all and still cut calories?

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UT Nursing students push flu shots

Posted: 11/02/2010 - Tuesday, the University of Tennessee held a flu shot event, in an effort to keep those germs from spreading. The student nurses were out in full force giving flu shots to other students, faculty and staff. This year, the flu shot protects you against both the seasonal flu, and the H1N1 virus.

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Flu season predictions are mild for Tennessee

Posted: 11/02/2010 - The coughing and sneezing have already begun. Signs that flu season is here. Doctors say flu seasons are very unpredictable though this year's is expected to be mild.

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Advocates push legislation for mental healthcare treatment

Mental Health Care

Updated: 10/11/2010 - The first week in October is Mental Illness Awareness Week - a time when mental healthcare advocates take a deep look into issues involving mental disorders. One of those issues in the forefront is Assisted Outpatient Treatment or AOT, which is a court order for a patient to take their medication. Advocates such as Karen Easter say it's time to put the law on the books in Tennessee.

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State gets $3.6 million mental health grant

Posted: 10/06/2010 - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has received a $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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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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