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    Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Removing the uterus with a minimally invasive procedure known as morcellation carries a risk of spreading undetected cancer, and now a new study pinpoints the likelihood more clearly. Twenty-seven of every 10,000 women who had the technique had undetected uterine cancer at the Read Article »
    Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors Study Finds
    (HealthDay News) -- Losing a spouse may be linked to multiple health issues, but dementia isn't one of them, according to a new study. For certain seniors, widowhood may even delay dementia, the researchers found. "For those who had a mild memory problem, losing the spouse was associated with Read Article »
    Obesity Epidemic Hitting Hispanics Hard Study Finds
    (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is a growing problem among Hispanic Americans, especially among young adults, a new study shows. After analyzing data from more than 16,300 Hispanics in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego, the researchers found that 18 percent of women and 12 percent of men ha Read Article »
    Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging Boomers Study
    (HealthDay News) -- With higher rates of illness but fewer adult children to care for them, many of America's baby boom generation may find themselves unable to pay for the nursing home care they need, a new study warns. Already, a growing number of older Americans are developing chronic diseases Read Article »
    Indoor Tanning Leads to Early Skin Cancer Study Says
    (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who engage in indoor tanning risk developing skin cancer at an early age, a new study finds. Once thought safer than outdoor sunbathing, indoor tanning can produce 10 to 15 times as much ultraviolet (UV) radiation as the midday sun, the study authors not Read Article »
    Depression Doubles Odds of Heart Attack for Younger Women Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged women with depression are more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease as their mentally healthy peers, new research suggests. The study also found that women younger than 55 are more likely than men or older women to becom Read Article »
    Older Breast Cancer Patients Do Follow Drug Therapy Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Many older breast cancer patients with localized disease are taking drug treatments to prevent their cancer from returning, a new study finds. The research, covering a seven-year period, included more than 1,000 women, aged 65 to 91, across the United States who had estrogen-p Read Article »
    After Death of a Spouse Friends Might Help More Than Relatives
    (HealthDay News) -- When a spouse dies, the surviving husband or wife often will deeply feel the loss of a close confidant. But a new study, published in the June issue of Health Psychology, finds that they may be better off in terms of their future health by turning to a close friend rather than Read Article »
    Scents May Sway Your Sense of Beauty
    (HealthDay News) -- Women may be seen as more attractive if they use scented products or perfumes, a small new study suggests. "Odor pleasantness and facial attractiveness integrate into one joint emotional evaluation," study author Janina Seubert, a cognitive neuroscientist and former postdocto Read Article »
    Heart Attack in Middle Age May Be Tougher on Women
    (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive a heart attack before age 55 tend to face more complications over the coming months than men do, new research suggests. One year after their heart attack, women had worse physical functioning, poorer mental functioning and a lower quality of life than men who Read Article »
    Why Youngest Oldest Marathoners Post Similar Times
    (HealthDay News) -- A new study explains why an 18-year-old marathoner has a similar finishing time as a 60-year-old runner. It's because marathon runners have their best times when they are in their late 20s, with poorer performances when they're younger and older, according to Spanish researche Read Article »
    Older Black Trauma Patients Fare Better Than Whites in ER Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Older black trauma patients are 20 percent more likely to survive their injuries than their white peers are, a new study shows. The finding is surprising because studies typically show that black trauma patients have worse outcomes than whites, the Johns Hopkins University Sch Read Article »
    Losing Weight at Any Age May Help the Heart
    (HealthDay News) -- Healthy weight loss at any time in adulthood is good for your heart, a new study indicates. "Our findings suggest that losing weight at any age can result in long-term cardiovascular health benefits, and support public health strategies and lifestyle modifications that help in Read Article »
    Sleep Apnea Linked to Raised Stroke Risk in Women Too
    (HealthDay News) -- The link between sleep apnea and stroke appears to be as strong in women as in men, a new study says. Because men tend to develop obstructive sleep apnea before women, previous studies may have underestimated the connection between sleep apnea and stroke in women, according to Read Article »
    Sperm Semen Defects May Be Linked to Shorter Life Spans
    (HealthDay News) -- Men rendered infertile due to defects in their semen and sperm are more likely to die early than men with normal semen, new research suggests. Over a period of about eight years, men with two or more abnormalities in their semen had a risk of death that was more than double th Read Article »
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  • Wellmont Board Narrows Potential Partners To Three, Begins Phase Of Community Dialogue And Due Diligence
    7/30/14 - The Wellmont Health System Board of Directors has narrowed the list of potential health system partners from six to three, including a regional system and two significant health systems beyond the region, all of which are not-for-profit organizations.
    Page McClanahan Joins Wellmont Medical Associates In Johnson City As Nurse Practitioner

    7/23/14 - Page McClanahan, an experienced family nurse practitioner, is joining Wellmont Medical Associates’ Johnson City office. McClanahan brings 18 years of medical care to the office, which also includes the practices of Dr. Rita Plemmons, a medical doctor, and Aimee Hurd, another family nurse practitioner.

    Wellmont To Hold Blood Drives At Area Organizations Week of 7/28

    7/23/14 - Blood donations are especially important in the summer because activities during this season tend to carry a risk for injury. Donors with an O-negative blood type are particularly welcome, as their blood can be used for any patient.

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