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Flu watch in East Tennessee

Posted: 02/04/2008 - Knoxville (WVLT) -- An outbreak of illness at several schools in Loudon County kept students home from school Monday. Loudon County school leaders say 18 to 20 percent of students district-wide were absent Friday. East Tennessee Children's Hospital doctors say they have seen an influx of children over the past week, complaining of upper respiratory problems and flu-like symptoms.

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Super Bowl cooking tips, sack your calories

Updated: 02/03/2008 - Believe it or not, Americans consume more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day not falling on the last Thursday in November.

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'Pharming parties' dangerous for teens

Updated: 01/30/2008 - If you are the parent of a teenager you probably monitor your liquor cabinet, but it's the medicine cabinet you should be worried about.

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Helping E. TN Teens Lose Weight Safely

Updated: 01/28/2008 - Knoxville (WVLT) -- Nearly one-third, 32.5 percent, of Knox county high school students describe themselves as overweight. In actuality, the percentage is about half that, 16.2 percent. Still, the perception is driving some teenagers to take desperate measures to lose weight. We're covering East Tennessee health with the warning signs you need to know as a parent that your child may be engaging in high risk behavior to lose weight.

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Cold Season: The skinny on RSV

Updated: 01/25/2008 - This time of year the common cold can spread easily among young children, but there's a serious infection that could mask itself as a cold and potentially become a very serious problem for your little one.

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Study: Copays lead some women to skip mammograms

Posted: 01/24/2008 - A study finds that some women aren't getting a mammogram because they'd have to pay as little as $10. The study of Medicare users says that's especially true for many older women.

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The fluoride fight continues

Updated: 01/24/2008 - As you heard from us yesterday, the South Blount Utility District is the latest in East Tennessee to approve the addition of fluoride to their water supply. It's a decision that's rarely met without at least some opposition.

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Watch Out! Top Places To Contract Germs

Posted: 01/14/2008 - Knoxville (WVLT) -- Think you know some of the dirtiest places across the nation? The alarming news is a few of the top 12 dirty spots are inside your home. We are taking a closer look at where you will find some of the top germs in covering East Tennessee health.

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Cough medication abuse big with teens

Updated: 01/11/2008 - Methamphetamine abuse remains a huge problem with teens in East Tennessee, but some experts say cough medication abuse is even worse.

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Making the grade on the subject of Tobacco

Updated: 01/11/2008 - Despite what the American Lung Association calls “incredible tobacco control successes in 2007”, Tennessee received a tobacco report card with grades ranging from B to F.

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Polly doesn't want Psittacosis

Updated: 01/11/2008 - Experts talk about a potentially deadly disease to humans that one pet store has found in the birds it was selling.

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CA study finds no link between autism and vaccines

Posted: 01/08/2008 - Autism cases in California continued to climb even after a mercury-based vaccine preservative that some people blame for the neurological disorder was removed from routine childhood shots, a new study found.

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East Tennesseans Enjoy Krispy Kreme Without the Guilt

Updated: 01/07/2008 - Knoxville (WVLT) -- In January 2006, congress required trans fat content be listed on food labels, and since then, food manufacturers and restaurants have scrambled to find alternatives. Congress simply required trans fat content be listed, not eliminated. Several fast food restaurants have already replaced trans fat oil with something else, and now the change has taken place at a rather unlikely place. We're covering East Tennessee health with a closer look at the label.

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Protecting yourself and others from hypothermia

Updated: 01/03/2008 - With cold temperatures settling across East Tennessee, you should know about the warning signs of hypothermia and how to protect yourself and your family from it.

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