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Despite potentially deadly seizures, Dandridge woman losing TennCare

Updated: 10/20/2009 - Several years ago, 38-year old Tonya Duford suffered a stroke when a blood clot traveled from her heart to her brain. That stoke caused epilepsy and severe seizures. She needs expensive, life-saving medicine to stay alive. Medicine she and her husband can't afford. Now, she's literally scared to death.

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Knox Co. received H1N1 vaccine shots Friday

Updated: 10/20/2009 - The Knox County Health Department received about 1,800 H1N1 vaccine shots Friday, according to health department spokesperson Ranee Randby. They were then shipped out to pediatricians and health care providers throughout Knox County. Stay connected to Volunteer TV News and VolunteerTV.com for continuing coverage of this developing news story.

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Hospitals restricting visitors to stop H1N1

Posted: 10/19/2009 - Hospitals around the country are turning away visiting children and tightening restrictions on adults, too, in hopes of limiting the spread of swine flu in the hallways.

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H1N1 vaccine shortage concerns

Updated: 10/19/2009 - With two strains of the flu, vaccinations are key, but is there enough to go around? Fears have started to spread that there's a vaccine shortage for the H1N1 strain, but Knox Co. health officials are calling it basic supply and demand.

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USDA confirms H1N1 in Minnesota pigs

Posted: 10/19/2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says at least one pig from Minnesota has tested positive for the H1N1 virus, the first case of a pig contracting the virus in the United States.

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Less West Nile virus detected in Tenn.

Posted: 10/19/2009 - Unusually cool summer weather across Tennessee is likely the largest factor in less West Nile virus being found, according to a state health expert.

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East Tennessee man fights breast cancer

Updated: 10/15/2009 - It is very uncommon, but it's possible. Even if it's at 100th the rate of women, men are diagnosed with breast cancer all the time. We talked with an East Tennessee man who never thought he would battle breast cancer.

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Battling breast cancer with words

Updated: 10/14/2009 - Battling cancer is one of the most difficult times in a person's life. Some people turn to support groups and doctors to cope. But one East Tennessee woman decided to turn to the internet not just for support, but to get rid of the stigma that follows cancer. She shared her journal entries with Volunteer TV.

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Knox health dept. extends H1N1 vaccine clinic hours

Posted: 10/14/2009 - Three of Knox County Health Department’s (KCHD) clinics will be offering extended clinic hours Thursday, Oct. 15, to accommodate those wanting H1N1 intranasal mist vaccination.

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Swine flu vaccine now available to the public

Updated: 10/13/2009 - The Knox County Health Department is tallying how many people lined up to get the H1N1 nasal vaccine on Tuesday. It looks like more than 300 came out.

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Nasal H1N1 mist available free starting Tuesday

Updated: 10/13/2009 - The H1N1 vaccine will be available in Knox county, first thing Tuesday morning. It's not the shot, but the nasal mist version that the Knox County Health Department will be giving out. The list of who the nasal mist vaccine is recommended for is actually different, than the H1N1 shot.

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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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