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  • Oct
    14
    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 »
    Oct
    8
    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 »
    Sep
    11
    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 »
    Sep
    10
    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 »
    Sep
    8
    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 »
    Sep
    4
    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 »
    Aug
    26
    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 »
    Aug
    11
    Bone Drugs Dont Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All Study Finds
    (HealthDay News) -- Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don't appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds. "We found that postmenopausal women who took a bisphosphonate for three or four yea Read Article »
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  • Game Enthusiasts Can Play, Raise Money
 For Children's Health During Extra Life

    10/24/14 - Playing Legend of Zelda, Halo, Pokémon or even Chutes and Ladders offers is not only a lot of fun but provides local residents with an innovative way to make miracles happen for children. Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon that benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25. Gamers of all types are welcome to sign up – whether they prefer personal computer, console, fantasy, live-action role play, cards or even board games.

    ETSU Students To Hold Dance Marathon To Benefit 
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

    10/23/14 - Local college students are transforming an all-night party into a lifesaving fundraiser for the region’s sickest children. On Thursday, Oct. 23, East Tennessee State University students will hold their third Dance Marathon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event, held from 6 p.m.-midnight in the D.P. Culp Center ballroom, will feature live music, dancing, children’s games and free food for all registrants. It is open to the community in addition to students.

    Joint Statement From Mountain States Health Alliance And Wellmont Health System On Ebola Preparedness

    10/16/14 - Bart Hove, interim president and CEO of Wellmont Health System, and Alan Levine, president and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance, today issued the following statement related to public concerns about the national news related to the potential spread of the Ebola virus.


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