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TN heart disease and stroke prevention, care plan offers road map for saving lives

Posted: 07/31/2008 - The Tennessee Department of Health, in association with the American Heart Association, has developed a comprehensive strategy to address the burden of heart disease and stroke in Tennessee. The Tennessee Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Care Plan presents health care providers, community leaders, business organizations, school officials and individuals throughout the state with a road map for action to reduce disability and death from heart disease and stroke.

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Keep your family summer safe

Updated: 09/04/2008 - Here are three things to consider during the Independence Day holiday, and throughout summer to make sure your family is summer safe.

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Heart disease difficult to diagnose & hard to treat

Posted: 06/17/2008 - Knoxville (WVLT) -- With the passing of Tim Russert, many of us are becoming more aware of heart attacks and how quickly they can take ones life. One particular form of heart disease that you may not be as familiar with is called Pericarditis. We are introducing you to a 26-year-old that suffered from this disease that is difficult to diagnose and often hard to treat.

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Ovary removal may increase risk of dementia, other brain problems

Updated: 09/04/2008 - Every day up to 2,000 women have hysterectomies. Many of these women also choose to have their ovaries taken out at the same time to remove their risk of ovarian cancer. But for younger women who are not at high risk for ovarian cancer, doctors are saying, “not so fast.”

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Experts say tanners can get warts from unclean tanning beds

Updated: 06/10/2008 - It's that time of year again when many vacationers hit the tanning beds to get a head start on a nice bronze glow. But medical experts are warning you to be aware that you can catch a lot more in tanning beds than just a few rays.

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Walk for PKU raises money, understand

Posted: 05/18/2008 - On Saturday, as the Knoxville Zoo mourned the loss of its popular chimpanzee Mugsy, a group of Tennesseans were racing to end a rare disease.

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Device helps heart failure patients when transplant unavailable

Updated: 05/15/2008 - Right now, there are about five million people in America suffering from heart failure. Many of them would benefit from a heart transplant, but because most of them are over 65, they're often not eligible for the operation. But now, doctors at Mayo Clinic are studying a device that is not only keeping people with heart failure alive longer, but it’s giving them a better quality of life.

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Child health care lacking for many, group says

Posted: 05/07/2008 - A U.S.-based charity says inexpensive medical care for such easily treatable diseases as pneumonia and diarrhea could save the lives of millions of children worldwide every year, particularly in poor undeveloped countries.

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Wal-Mart expands low-price drug program

Updated: 09/04/2008 - Wal-Mart is expanding its discount prescription drug program to offer a 90-day supply for $10. It's also adding several women's medications and cutting the price on more than 1,000 over-the-counter drugs.

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Gender, other factors guide preemies' survival

Posted: 04/17/2008 - A study says doctors now have a better way of helping parents make an agonizing decision: Whether to take heroic steps to save a very premature baby.

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Over the counter paternity tests

Updated: 03/28/2008 - Knoxville (WVLT) -- For about $150, you can now purchase a paternity test, over the counter, no questions asked.

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Details on "wandering" in E. TN & who's at risk

Updated: 03/26/2008 - Knoxville (WVLT) -- The Union County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of an elderly Knoxville man's body, found inside a mine Monday. Investigators say they don't suspect foul play. Instead, they believe Charles Ried died as a result of what the Alzheimer's Association calls "wandering." We're covering East Tennessee health, with details on wandering and who's at risk.

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