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  • Dec
    19
    FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
    (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receive the drug. Lynparza (olaparib) belongs to a new class of drugs called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. The dru Read Article »
    Dec
    18
    Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk
    (HealthDay News) -- Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 1,800 U.S. women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, those exposed to the most ai Read Article »
    Dec
    18
    Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later Study
    (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests a possible link between certain menopause symptoms -- moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats -- and higher rates of hip fractures and weaker bones. Hot flashes are common during menopause, affecting about 60 percent of women. The hormonal changes Read Article »
    Dec
    18
    Many Flu Infections Arent Good Match for Vaccine CDC
    (HealthDay News) -- The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by the strain known as influenza A H3N2, which appea Read Article »
    Dec
    17
    Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes Study Suggests
    (HealthDay News) -- While women's hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner's pregnancy progresses. "There are hormonal changes going on with men as well, and they occur earlier than other studies have sugges Read Article »
    Dec
    16
    FDA Warns Against Fetal Keepsake Videos
    (HealthDay News) -- Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical professionals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends. Use of ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors to get "keepsake" images and videos is not entirely risk-free, the agency warns. "Although th Read Article »
    Dec
    16
    Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months Experts Say
    (HealthDay News) -- Men who survive Ebola should wear condoms during sex for at least three months after recovering from the deadly disease, a new study shows. The finding supports the current recommendations to that effect, according to the authors of the study, which was published Dec. 16 in th Read Article »
    Dec
    15
    Timing of First Period Tied to Womens Later Heart Risk Study
    (HealthDay News) -- The timing of a woman's first period may be linked to her later risk of heart disease, British researchers report. In a study of more than 1 million women, those who had their first period at age 10 or younger, or at age 17 or older, appeared to have a higher risk of heart dis Read Article »
    Dec
    12
    No Link Between Migraine Breast Cancer Risk Study Says
    (HealthDay News) -- A large, new study should reassure the millions of American women who have migraine: The debilitating headaches don't raise the risk for breast cancer. "There is no association between migraine and breast cancer risk," said lead researcher Rulla Tamimi, an associate professor Read Article »
    Dec
    12
    LowFat Diet May Boost Survival for Some Breast Cancer Patients
    (HealthDay News) -- Eating a low-fat diet may reduce the risk of early death in some women with breast cancer, according to new research. The low-fat diet seemed particularly helpful for early stage breast cancer patients with so-called estrogen receptor-negative (ER-negative) disease. These wome Read Article »
    Dec
    12
    Gene Test May Help Predict Return of Early Breast Tumor Study Says
    (HealthDay News) -- For women who have early breast tumors surgically removed, a new genetic test may help predict the odds of a recurrence, a new study says. The research, presented Friday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, focused on women with ductal carcinoma in situ. This refers Read Article »
    Dec
    11
    The Pill Remains Most Common Method of Birth Control US Report Shows
    (HealthDay News) -- The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011 and 2013, approximately 16 percent used the pill. Fe Read Article »
    Dec
    11
    New Treatment Shows Promise in Younger Breast Cancer Patients Study
    (HealthDay News) -- A treatment known as ovarian suppression used along with an anti-estrogen drug normally given to older women appears to greatly reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in some younger women, new research suggests. This combination approach -- using estrogen-blockers known Read Article »
    Dec
    11
    Many Americans Still Havent Gotten a Flu Shot
    (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday. Worse, some people are thinking about skipping this year's flu shot, based on reports Read Article »
    Dec
    10
    Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQs in Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed in the womb to higher amounts of two chemicals commonly found in plastics may be at higher risk for lower IQ, a new study suggests. The two compounds, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), are part of a class of chemicals called phthala Read Article »
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  • Fred Pelle Selected As Holston Valley Chief Operating Officer

    Fred Pelle, a highly respected 30-year health care veteran and president of Wellmont Health System’s community hospital division, has been named vice president and chief operating officer of Holston Valley Medical Center.

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    Bart Hove, Wellmont Health System’s interim president and chief executive officer, was recently elected to the Tennessee Hospital Association’s board of directors. Hove brings 37 years of service in health care to the table as he begins his tenure.

    Alice Pope Selected By National Publication As Part Of Elite Group Of Health Care Professionals To Know

    Alice Pope, Wellmont Health System's executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been named by a national publication as one of 130 female hospital and health system leaders to know. Becker's Hospital Review, which writes about business and legal information for health care industry leaders, recently named Pope to the list. She is the only leader from the region to be selected.


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