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Homebound find 'house calls' for flu shots few, far between

Updated: 10/07/2009 - The elderly are at higher risk for serious trouble from seasonal flu. For years, doctors have encouraged them to get vaccinated once flu season begins. But the options are few, for those 'homebound.'

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Top health official not prepared to speak about coal ash spil

Updated: 10/06/2009 - To be clear, Susan Cooper was here for a program on children's health at the Midtown Elementary School. But we wanted to know more about ash spill health risks documented by Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes Sunday. And to our surprise Ms. Cooper said she didn't even watch the segment.

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Clues to breast cancer risk found in breast tissue

Posted: 10/06/2009 - Every year about 250,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Most of these women were not known to be at high risk. That's why researchers at Mayo Clinic are looking for better ways to identify who's at increased risk in order to enhance early detection and perhaps some day, help these women prevent the disease. They're finding clues through breast tissue.

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More kids at risk for Autism than ever before

Updated: 05/19/2011 - New statistics really should catch your attention: doctors now believe the number of children with Autism has climbed to 1 in every 91. That number used to be 1 out of every 150.

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Local salon treats breast cancer survivors to spa day

Updated: 10/05/2009 - People from the NFL to a local salon are doing their part during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Total Works Salon Spa has been committed to fighting breast cancer "Hands On" for years. The local spa shows us how some tender loving care goes a long way for women battling the disease.

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Getting swine flu vaccine top business concern

Posted: 09/30/2009 - A new survey has found that when it comes to preparing for a swine flu outbreak, the top concern for most U.S. business leaders is getting enough vaccine for their employees.

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Support for health care reform in East Tenn.

Updated: 09/30/2009 - Several health care reform plans will now go before the full senate and house. Both Republicans and Democrats agree on major aspects of health care reform, but still the debate continues over the details, as a final decision draws closer. Now, a grassroots project makes a stop in Knoxville, to encourage support for the President's health insurance reform plan.

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Routine exams may not detect serious heart problems

Updated: 09/29/2009 - We do know UT athletes get electrocardiograms before playing. Former Vol Duke Crews told us in 2007 that an EKG saved his life. But cardiologists say oftentimes the problems require much more advanced tests.

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Relief for Union Co. firefighter battling illness

Updated: 09/25/2009 - Nick Harrell will get his lifeline...At least for now. And there's hope it will continue for a long time. Just three days after we brought you the story of the young volunteer firefighter who is losing his TennCare, and the ability to afford the ten-thousand dollar prescription that keeps him alive, many people are helping.

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Tenn. man highlighted in health reform ad

Posted: 09/25/2009 - (SUBMITTED) -- In an effort to focus attention on patients over politics in the health care reform debate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network™ (ACS CAN) is running a national television advertisement that illustrates the critical need for action this year on reform.

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Is relief in sight for Union Co. firefighter with immune disorder?

Updated: 09/24/2009 - 23-year old Nick Harrell was born with a rare immune system disorder.His medicine cost him more then10-thousand dollars a month to stay alive.TennCare dropped Nick, and in two weeks he will be out of his very expensive medicine...And could lose his life. But some relief may be on the way. Hopefully before it's too late.

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A world first: Vaccine helps prevent HIV infection

Posted: 09/24/2009 - The world's largest AIDS vaccine trial is being hailed as a watershed event because it's the first time an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the virus.

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Cancer dangers in your home from Radon

Updated: 09/22/2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is joining the World Health Organization's first global call-to-action of a cancer risk in your home.

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FDA awards $2M in grants for kids' medical devices

Posted: 09/21/2009 - The Food and Drug Administration is awarding $2 million to spur the development of medical devices for children, who face increased risks during surgery because so few implants are designed for their smaller frames.

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