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New Interactive Map Shows Area Neighborhoods Words Binge Drinkers, Obesity, Health Disparities

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Who gets more sleep, folks who live in Alton Park or the North Shore? Who’s the worst when it comes to seeing a dentist, and what are the consequences? And what Chattanooga neighborhood is the home of the city’s worst binge drinkers? A new interactive map from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Read More


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Death Rates From Cancer in Tennessee Vary Widely by County

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While deaths from all forms of cancer dropped nationally by 20 percent over the past 35 years, a new study shows that death rates actually increased in some U.S. counties, including in rural areas of Tennessee, Kentucky and other parts of the South. he death rate varied depending on the type of cancer, but was… Read More


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Experts Wary as FDA Eases Regulations in Push for Cheaper Hearing Aids

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The federal Food and Drug Administration is dropping some of its regulation of hearing aids in hopes that cheaper alternatives will soon be available. But the proposal is drawing opposition from audiologists, who say inexpensive devices won’t help people with serious hearing loss. Hearing aids are medical devices, so the FDA regulates how they are… Read More


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New health care law touted as ‘most important bill of the year’

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is touting the 21st Century Cures bill, which the Senate and House have now passed and President Barack Obama is expected to sign, as “the most important bill of the year.” The $6.3 billion legislation includes $1 billion to fight opioid abuse and $1.8 billion for Vice President Joe Biden’s… Read More


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Protest at UT Health Science Center targets use of live pigs in medical training

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About 25 protesters lined the streets outside the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on Thursday, criticizing the school’s use of live pigs to train medical personnel.


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Astronaut from Tennessee inducted into Hall of Fame

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Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts … The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis said [that] from 1996 to 2007, Seddon was assistant chief medical officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.


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UT medical school looking at expansion

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Jessica Wells, vice president for medical education and research for Saint Thomas Health and an assistant dean for graduate medical education at UTHSC, said the training program would serve aspiring doctors and dentists, advanced practice nurses and other health providers.


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Baby shower and health fair

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The project is an initiative of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and is funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s foundation arm. The project works with about 400 expecting and new mothers in Memphis and Chattanooga to help them decrease the risk of losing a child within the first year of life — the… Read More