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FDA aims to rein in radiation-based medical scans

Posted: 02/09/2010 - The Food and Drug Administration is working with doctors and medical manufacturers to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from medical scans, a problem that has been growing for decades.

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Third wave of H1N1 could hit within the month

Updated: 02/08/2010 - With a decrease in the number of H1N1 cases being reported, you may think the flu epidemic is over. But local health leaders say that's not the case. We talked with the Knox County Medical Director who says if you haven't been vaccinated, you should, because we could be on the verge of the virus starting up again.

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Alexander pushes 'cleaner' coal; at what cost?

Updated: 02/05/2010 - Tennessee Senior Senator Lamar Alexander calls it a compromise to give us cleaner energy without jacking up our electric bills or costing us jobs. He says his proposed rules for coal plants could help us breathe better. But some environmentalists claim they wouldn't go far enough.

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Local woman fights heart disease, helps you prevent it

Updated: 02/05/2010 - Eight million women in the United States are living with heart disease. To help show support for the fight against the disease, today is National Wear Red Day. Heart disease is the number one killer of women - you may be at risk and not even know it. We talked with a woman who got help just in time.

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Families fight forced moves from Hillcrest West

Updated: 02/05/2010 - Management says it's appealing, to stop the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid from yanking certifiication of, and money from Hillcrest West nursing home in West Knoxville. But more than 120 senior citizens still have little more than a month to move out.

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Study shows link between internet use and depression

Posted: 02/03/2010 - If you spend an excessive amount of time on the internet, you could be more likely to show signs of depression. A new study shows web surfing can become addictive which could have a serious impact on your mental health.

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome linked to serotonin levels

Posted: 02/03/2010 - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is the leading cause of unexpected death in babies one month to one year. Serotonin is a chemical that helps regulate breathing, blood pressure and heart rate in the brain during sleep. A new study finds decreased levels of this chemical in the brain stems of SIDS babies.

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Tennessean: TN nursing homes 5th worst nationwide

Posted: 02/03/2010 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. Tennessean.com) -- Poorly staffed nursing homes have put Tennessee among the worst in the nation for quality of long-term care for a second year, a federal report shows.

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FDA announces recall of 2M defective needles

Posted: 01/26/2010 - Federal health officials are announcing a recall of 2 million needles because of a risk they can push bits of silicone into patients' bodies.

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Free medical clinic opens in Oak Ridge

Updated: 01/15/2010 - If you live in Anderson County, and you can't afford health insurance, you can finally get the medical care you need, for free. After a year and a half of planning, the doors are open at the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge.

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Healthy choices can improve state of health in Tennessee

Updated: 01/14/2010 - Tennessee is 44th in America's health ranking, but the state Commissioner of Health says that doesn't mean there haven't been improvements over the last year. She spoke Thursday at the Knox County Health Department about how you can make some improvements to improve health in Tennessee.

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Free medical clinic gets ready to open in Oak Ridge

Updated: 01/07/2010 - It's been months in the making, but the Free Clinic of Oak Ridge is just a week and half away from opening its doors. Even though they're not taking patients, they are taking appointments - and fulfilling a huge need in the community.

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Following winter skin tips can make cold more comfy

Updated: 01/04/2010 - The cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, making it red , dry and painful. But there are some things you can do stop the winter from weathering your skin. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy in these frigid temperatures.

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New procedure offers alternative to lumpectomy surgery

Posted: 12/28/2009 - Finding a breast lump can be frightening. But when you find out the lump is non-cancerous, that fear can turn into relief, but also discomfort. If you want to remove the unwanted lump, a local doctor's office is third in the nation, and first in the region to offer you an alternative to a lumpectomy.

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New PSA urges you to get H1N1 vaccine

Updated: 12/17/2009 - A new H1N1 public service announcement is urging you, and your children, to get vaccinated against the virus. Millions more vaccines are expected to be available by the end of the week.

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Research suggests increased cancer risk due to CT scans

Updated: 12/15/2009 - A new study shows you may be at risk of higher radiation levels when you get a ct scan than originally thought. Researchers say thousands of people will die this year, or be diagnosed with cancer because of scans done years ago.

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H1N1 vaccine recall, 80,000 doses pulled in Tenn. for inspection

Updated: 12/15/2009 - H1N1 vaccines are being recalled. It involves one company, and about 800,000 doses nationwide. The H1N1 vaccine has been available for less than 2 months, and 4 lots are being recalled, not because of safety, but because they are no longer strong enough.

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800,000 doses of kids' swine flu vaccine recalled

Updated: 12/15/2009 - Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus.

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Cluster headache patients find relief from oxygen

Posted: 12/08/2009 - Cluster headache patients will tell you the pain they experience can be more excruciating than childbirth or a gunshot wound. Attacks usually occur several times a day, lasting weeks or months. A new study shows breathing pure oxygen can help to quickly and effectively relieve this intense pain.

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