Clinical trials give lung cancer patients new hope
Clinical trials give lung cancer patients new hope

Bill Gardner was enjoying retirement and life with the grandkids, when he was diagnosed with late stage 3 lung cancer.

Chattanooga State Dental Hygiene Clinic offering low cost services
Chattanooga State Dental Hygiene Clinic offering low cost services

There is always a steady flow of patients at the Chattanooga State Dental Hygiene Clinic, which demonstrates the need people in our area have for affordable dental care.

Bariatric surgery for teens
Bariatric surgery for teens

An estimated four to six million US children struggle with severe obesity, yet bariatric surgery is something that is often seen as a last resort for teens. But a new study shows dramatic benefits for those who have surgery before becoming an adult.

The latest drug threat isn't even an opioid
The latest drug threat isn't even an opioid

Gabapentin, a purportedly nonaddictive painkiller primarily used to treat shingles and control seizures, has landed on the radar of beleaguered health officials and law enforcement already battling the deadly opioid epidemic.

Local doctor gives tips for fighting seasonal allergies
Local doctor gives tips for fighting seasonal allergies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seasonal allergies are a leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., with a reported 50 million Americans suffering every year.

New study eases fear of birth control side effects
New study eases fear of birth control side effects

Researchers reviewed the use of birth control in adolescents, postpartum women and those who had a history of depression.

Opioid crackdown leading to spike in other drugs
Opioid crackdown leading to spike in other drugs

Prescription drug use in Tennessee has been widespread for several years but as painkillers become harder to get, addicts are turning to other drugs to fuel their addiction. 

Doctor says cold snap won't be the reason people will get sick
Doctor says cold snap won't be the reason people will get sick

A doctor Channel 3 spoke with says getting sick because of cold temperatures is a myth but he also explains why it's more likely for you get sick in the winter.

Tennessee AG, prosecutors clash over local opioids lawsuits
Tennessee AG, prosecutors clash over local opioids lawsuits

In a letter last week, Attorney General Herbert Slatery told 14 Tennessee district attorneys general that their lawsuits impede his ability to prosecute, as his office leads a 40-state coalition investigating opioid manufacturers and distributors.

New life saving app: PulsePoint
New life saving app: PulsePoint

You never know when or where a cardiac emergency will strike, and every second counts. 

House to try again on bill easing use of unapproved drugs
House to try again on bill easing use of unapproved drugs

The House plans to try anew next week to approve a Republican bill making it simpler for fatally ill people to try unproven treatments. And this time, the measure seems certain to pass.

Ruby Falls promoting heart health through steps challenge
Ruby Falls promoting heart health through steps challenge

Heart disease is the number one killer of women and for females under the age of 50, their heart attacks are twice as likely to be fatal. That's why Ruby Falls is encouraging visitors and staff to take 100-million steps in March.

Alternative medicine: Hypnotherapy
Alternative medicine: Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is basically a four step process that includes: explaining the behavior, creating a strategy, helping the client become receptive to the strategy, and evaluating whether the change has taken place.

Protecting your skin: Healthy skin care tips
Protecting your skin: Healthy skin care tips

It's certainly not your typical winter weather in the Tennessee Valley, but Channel 3 meteorologists say the cold weather is likely to return. That not only means a change in your wardrobe, but also time to protect your skin.

Heart disease: Don't ignore the warning signs
Heart disease: Don't ignore the warning signs

Eddie Reese enjoys running and he has always tried to stay active and healthy. But last September he remembers something unusual happening.

Alzheimer's disease: The impact on relationships
Alzheimer's disease: The impact on relationships

The responsibility of caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease often falls to women. Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women.

FDA declares popular alt-medicine kratom to be a deadly opioid
FDA declares popular alt-medicine kratom to be a deadly opioid

New research shows kratom acts in the brain just as other opioids do, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. And he said the agency has documented 44 cases in which kratom at least helped kill people — often otherwise healthy young people.

Study: Women less likely to receive CPR from a bystander
Study: Women less likely to receive CPR from a bystander

Researchers think that might be because of a reluctance to touch a woman's chest.

Go Red for Women: Young stroke survivor makes healthy lifestyle changes
Go Red for Women: Young stroke survivor makes healthy lifestyle changes

Ellie Rodriguez has a very personal reason to Go Red for Women.

Peak flu season arrives in Hamilton County
Peak flu season arrives in Hamilton County

The flu is hitting the Tennessee Valley hard this year, but health officials say relief is coming.

New technology hits the road to fight lung cancer
New technology hits the road to fight lung cancer

There is a new weapon in the fight against lung cancer. 

"The Dental Diet"
"The Dental Diet"

A local dentist says the first place you should look for signs of underlying health problems is in your mouth.

100th anniversary of Spanish Flu Epidemic that killed hundreds of Chattanoogans
100th anniversary of Spanish Flu Epidemic that killed hundreds of Chattanoogans

Fast forward 100 years. Does the cold weather play a role in the flu, or did it, at least in 1918?

Perfect Portions: Chattanooga woman helping others shed pounds
Perfect Portions: Chattanooga woman helping others shed pounds

Cheri Hudgins knew she had to make some major changes after a trip to the emergency room back in 2015.

Doctors urging people to avoid certain activities that could spread flu
Doctors urging people to avoid certain activities that could spread flu

Local physicians are urging people to avoid certain activities that could put someone at higher risk for getting infected. Here are five habits that can help you prevent the flu. 

Debt settlement agreement made between Erlanger, Walker County
Debt settlement agreement made between Erlanger, Walker County

As part of the full settlement, Erlanger will waive interest and attorney fees awarded in its federal judgment against Walker County, and the County has agreed to make payments of $650,000 for 12 quarters, starting in January 2018.

Tips to help runners avoid pain
Tips to help runners avoid pain

Most runners have heard that you should do core exercises. However, new research finds that having a six-pack won't make you a better runner.

Five local hospitals penalized for patient injuries
Five local hospitals penalized for patient injuries

Five Tennessee Valley area hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having high rates of patient injuries.

Pot-smoking on the rise among U.S. pregnant women
Pot-smoking on the rise among U.S. pregnant women

A growing number of pregnant women are using marijuana, and the habit is expanding fastest among teens and young adults, a U.S. study suggests.

Germs and the Holidays
Germs and the Holidays

It's often called the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be one of the germiest when it comes to holiday celebrations at your home if you're not careful. 

Window blind cords a safety threat for children
Window blind cords a safety threat for children

A new study by the center for injury research and policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that about two children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every day due to window blind injuries.

How to beat the "winter blues"
How to beat the "winter blues"

If you want to stay more upbeat this time of year, doctors and mental health experts recommend you stay active, manage your time well, and not put too much pressure on yourself.

Erlanger Hospital offering free valet parking at downtown emergency room
Erlanger Hospital offering free valet parking at downtown emergency room

The service started Monday and is available from noon to midnight.

Flavored milk helps give kids nutrients they often lack
Flavored milk helps give kids nutrients they often lack

It's a benefit that experts say helps kids choose milk more often and drink more of it.

Marijuana may hold promise in treating veterans with PTSD
Marijuana may hold promise in treating veterans with PTSD

Marine Corps veteran Roberto Pickering returned from Iraq in 2003 haunted by post-traumatic stress. He’d seen his buddies die. The transition back to civilian life wasn’t easy. At one point, he was prescribed 14 different drugs.

What is Sagittal Craniosynostosis?
What is Sagittal Craniosynostosis?

Sagittal Craniosynostosis a condition that occurs one in 5,000 births.

Hamilton County considering legal action to fight opioid epidemic
Hamilton County considering legal action to fight opioid epidemic

Cities, counties and states nationwide are taking legal action in the battle against opioids and Hamilton County could be next in line to sue.  

Help for NW Georgia families of children With developmental delays
Help for NW Georgia families of children With developmental delays

Hamilton Medical Center will soon begin construction on the Anna Shaw Children's Institute.

Research shows teenagers are bullying themselves online
Research shows teenagers are bullying themselves online

A new study shows a large number of teenagers are posting mean things about themselves online.

3-D mammograms credited with saving more lives
3-D mammograms credited with saving more lives

About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.

Eye on Health: Alzheimer's study
Eye on Health: Alzheimer's study

The Alzheimer's trial is coordinated by the University of Southern California’s Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute, with study sites in multiple locations.

Erlanger's Neonatal ICU treating more babies born with opioid addiction
Erlanger's Neonatal ICU treating more babies born with opioid addiction

So far this year, 565 babies in Tennessee have been born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, better known as NAS. Close to 40 of those babies were born at Erlanger Hospitals.

CDC encouraging early flu shots to prepare for flu season
CDC encouraging early flu shots to prepare for flu season

Channel 3 stopped by the local health department. Special projects supervisor, Sharon Goforth says while everyone over the age of six months should get their shot and some groups are more at risk.

Free health clinic opening for Catoosa County government employees
Free health clinic opening for Catoosa County government employees

Catoosa County government employees will soon be getting a prescription for free health care.

Trump ‘not happy’ with HHS Secretary Tom Price after private jet controversy
Trump ‘not happy’ with HHS Secretary Tom Price after private jet controversy

Asked if Price would be fired, Trump left the option open.

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