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  • Nov
    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 »
    Advanced Dementia Patients Often Given Unhelpful Meds Study
    (HealthDay News) -- A new national analysis of U.S. nursing home prescription patterns says that more than half of people with advanced dementia are prescribed medications that are of questionable benefit. "The main concern centers on the under-appreciated burden and personal cost of using questi Read Article »
    Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimers Risk
    (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, a widely prescribed group of sedatives that include lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Va Read Article »
    Osteoporosis Drugs Work But Review Finds No Clear Winner
    (HealthDay News) -- Many osteoporosis drugs cut women's risk of suffering a bone fracture, though it's not clear whether any one medication works better than others, a new research review finds. Reporting Sept. 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers said that for women with the bone-thinni Read Article »
    More Evidence Ties Some BoneBuilding Drugs to Rare Fractures
    (HealthDay News) -- Taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures may carry a slight risk for unusual breaks in the thigh bone, Swedish researchers report. For those who took bisphosphonates for four to five years, the so-called "relative risk" was 100 times higher th Read Article »
    Heart Studies Dont Reflect RealWorld Patients Study Finds
    (HealthDay News) -- People who take part in clinical trials of new heart disease treatments are generally younger and healthier than the typical heart patient, a new study confirms. Experts said the findings, which appear in the Aug. 27 Journal of the American Medical Association, aren't surprisi Read Article »
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  • Wellmont Further Supports Russell County With Donation To Veterans Memorial Park

    11/17/14 - Wellmont Health System is helping Russell County salute its veterans with a donation to support a new park the community has built in their honor. David Brash, Wellmont’s senior vice president of business development and rural strategy, presented a $1,500 check to Lebanon Mayor Tony Dodi during a brief event Thursday, Nov. 13.

    Career Fair Showcases Nursing Opportunities At Wellmont Health System

    11/12/14 - Experienced registered nurses and recent and upcoming nursing graduates can learn about Wellmont Health System’s diverse job offerings during a career fair Monday, Nov. 17, at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.

    Strategic Options Process By Wellmont Board Continues To Progress, With Field Narrowed To Two

    11/10/14 - The strategic options evaluation by Wellmont Health System’s board of directors continues to make significant progress, with the field of potential alignment partners being narrowed to two. Names of the remaining health systems the board is considering cannot be disclosed due to confidentiality agreements signed by both sides early in the process. But Roger Leonard, the board’s chairman, said the contenders are a regional option and an organization outside the region, both of which are aligned with the principles the board adopted to guide its decision-making process.

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