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A cancer researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center brought scientists from the United States, Canada, England, Germany and South America to Memphis recently to discuss ongoing collaborative genomics research in head and neck cancer.

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The risk of shingles, a painful rash, and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) increases with age.

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Once a year, pancreatic cancer researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center step outside the lab and help to beat cancer with their feet.

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It might become necessary at some point for a family to consider hiring a professional caregiver through a homecare or home-health-care agency, or by retaining an individual.

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Intensive lowering of blood pressure reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a known risk factor for dementia, according to the results of a major multisite clinical trial that included researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Memphis Veterans A…

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If you are one of the nearly 38 million Americans who have hearing loss, you may benefit from wearing hearing aids. But where do you start and how do you choose the right hearing aids for you? The process of choosing hearing aids can be daunting, but your audiologist will help guide you thro…

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Veterans who served “boots on the ground” in the Republic of Vietnam are entitled to a presumption that they were exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide which is known to cause a host of health concerns such as cancers, diabetes mellitus and ischemic heart disease. This presumption of exposure…

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Many seniors do not get enough exercise, despite knowing the importance of physical fitness. Regular physical activity has major health benefits for all older adults, and is essential for healthy aging. With regular exercise, seniors are less likely to have a fall and related injury. They al…

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare have recruited three nationally renowned cardiovascular physicians to lead a new cardiovascular institute in Memphis.

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The Shelby County Health Department reported a “significant increase” in the number of influenza-like illnesses in the county in late December, an indication that seasonal influenza was spreading in the community.

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Susan Miranda, Ph.D., leads a lab at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center that is focusing on the causes, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis, the disease that causes bones to become weak and break easily.

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Observed every November, American Diabetes Month is an important element in the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to focus our nation’s attention on the disease and its complications, and the tens of millions of people affected by it.

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As flu season begins and after Florida health officials confirmed an unvaccinated Florida child as the first flu-related death of the season, the American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging everyone six months and older to be vaccinated against the flu.

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This month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are automatically mailing new Medicare cards to more than 1.3 million people with Medicare in Tennessee.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016 and more than 30 percent in half the states during that time. Those numbers mean suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to companies that provide Medicare prescription drug coverage in Part D explaining that so-called “gag clauses” are unacceptable, as part of the administration-wide “American Patients First” initiative to lower prescription…

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Mobile Stroke Unit has received the first-of-its-kind accreditation for ensuring patient safety, radiation safety, a commitment to quality, and dedication to continuous improvement.

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According to recent estimates, there are more than 172,000 residents 60 and older in Shelby County and research indicates that one in 10 of these older adults could be a victim of abuse and neglect.

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The Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has launched the UTHSC Global Surgery Institute to coordinate, support, and expand surgical mission work done around the world by faculty and students.

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Medicare will be issuing new cards to all 58 million Medicare enrollees in the next year, with the first wave of new cards going to new Medicare enrollees this month. To help combat identity theft, Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from the new cards and replacing them with unique…

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center opens a new chapter in health care education in Tennessee and beyond on May 11, when the ribbon is cut on its new $39.7 million Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS).

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As we age, physical changes, health conditions and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions can increase our risk of experiencing a fall. In fact, falling is the leading cause of injury among older adults, and more than one third of people over the age of 65 fall each year. T…

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Fast action by the staff of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Mobile Stroke Unit and the physicians at Methodist University Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center saved a Vinemont, Ala., man’s life, after he had a stroke aboard a Delta flight bound for Atlanta.

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Church Health’s mission to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits is found at the heart of every aspect of the organization. From the walk in clinic, to the teaching kitchen, to the YMCA partnership, to the Faith Community Outreach department, Church …

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Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center had a significant role in collecting data that resulted in new guidelines announced Nov. 13 for prevention, detection, evaluation, and management of high blood pressure.

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UT Health Science Center’s leading pancreatic cancer research team has received multimillion-dollar federal grants to study new markers and treatments for the disease. However, on a recent Saturday night their research got personal, as the group stepped out of the lab and shared a meal with …

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“Normal aging is not characterized by mental or cognitive decline disorders,” a recent surgeon general’s report on mental health concluded. It has always bothered me that stubborn, persistent stigma surrounds depression and that so many older people refuse to accept treatment.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October to raise awareness of the disease that will strike about one in eight American women during their lives and to raise money for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and a cure.

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“The nation is the United States of drugs,” Kevin Kunz, MD, executive vice president of The Addiction Medicine Foundation, said in opening remarks at a recent meeting of local, state, and national addiction experts at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “There is nothing so di…

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As an audiologist, I frequently have conversations with patients about symptoms of dizziness, imbalance, and vertigo. I typically begin the conversation by asking them to describe their dizziness. Often I hear, “well, I am X years old, so it’s normal be dizzy” or “isn’t it normal to have a l…

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If you are one of the nearly 38 million Americans who have hearing loss, you may benefit from wearing hearing aids. But where do you start and how do you choose the right hearing aid for you?

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Kurt VanCleave ran his first triathlon at age 18. It was 1983, and his win in this multi-sport competition inspired him to continue training that set the stage for his lifelong pursuit of health and fitness. “The benefits of staying active are without a doubt the best investment in life you …

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We all occasionally cough when drinking too fast, talking while eating, or when that random bite “goes down the wrong way.” But for some people, swallowing problems can result in more than just a cough.

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May is Older Americans Month and is both a celebration of America’s older adults and a time to focus on their needs and challenges. Americans are living longer and discovering new opportunities and unexpected difficulties. Consider this: A 65-year-old male in 1950 could expect to live 12.8 m…

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Growing old gracefully becomes even more difficult when physical limitations interfere with daily activities, but the kindness and consideration of others can make life more enjoyable.

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Wilma has been caring for her husband, Gregory, for 10 years, while holding down a full-time job and raising a young grandchild, Eric, who lives with them. With all her responsibilities, there are not enough hours in the day to take care of herself. If you are a caregiver to a relative or fr…

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