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    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 »
    Mammograms for 40Somethings Supported by New Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Women diagnosed with breast cancer in their 40s commonly lack well-known risk factors for the disease, according to new research that could fuel debate about preventive screening for this age group. The study of 136 women diagnosed with breast cancer after a mammogram found fe Read Article »
    40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability
    (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of Americans over the age of 65 -- about 16 million people -- live with at least one disability, a new federal government report shows. The findings are cause for concern because more than 13 percent of Americans (almost 41 million people) are older than 65, Read Article »
    SeniortoSenior Aggression Common in US Nursing Homes
    (HealthDay News) -- Elderly adults who live in nursing homes may commonly deal with aggressive or inappropriate behavior from fellow residents, a new study suggests. The study of 10 centers in New York state found that, in the space of just one month, nearly 20 percent of residents were involved Read Article »
    Health Tip Think Youre Getting Enough Calcium
    (HealthDay News) -- Calcium is the body's most abundant mineral. It's needed to preserve the health of your bones, muscles, nerves and cardiovascular system. Nonetheless, calcium absorption naturally drops with aging. The U.S. National Institutes of Health explains these additional factors t Read Article »
    Men Less Likely Than Women to Get Bone Test After Fracture
    (HealthDay News) -- Older men are much less likely than women to receive osteoporosis screening and treatment after suffering a wrist fracture, a new study reveals. While osteoporosis is widely regarded as a disease that affects older women, as many as one in four men older than 50 will break a b Read Article »
    Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime
    (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who wear their dentures when they sleep are at increased risk for pneumonia, according to new research. The study included 524 men and women, average age about 88, who were followed for three years. During that time, there were 28 hospitalizations and 20 deaths from pn Read Article »
    Health Tip Know the Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
    (HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis occurs when bones become thin and brittle, increasing the risk for fractures. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these risk factors for osteoporosis:Being a postmenopausal woman.Being white.Being an older adult.Having a small frame.Gettin Read Article »
    Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Infection rates within U.S. nursing homes are on the rise, and that trend will continue until better hygiene practices are put in place, a new study suggests. "Infections are a leading cause of deaths and complications for nursing home residents and, with the exception of tub 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.

    Wellmont Interim President And CEO Joins Tennessee Hospital Association Board Of Directors

    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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