Changes expected for Tennessee Medicaid block grant proposal
Changes expected for Tennessee Medicaid block grant proposal

TennCare Director Gabe Roberts told state lawmakers that the proposal will be amended to say changes won't be made to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment benefit for children under 21.

State officials warning TN residents of deadly horse virus spread by mosquitoes
State officials warning TN residents of deadly horse virus spread by mosquitoes

Officials say the first documented case in Tennessee of a human getting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) happened over the summer in Hamilton County.

Tennessee reports its 1st death from vaping-related illness
Tennessee reports its 1st death from vaping-related illness

Nashville health officials on Thursday confirmed the adult male's death amid a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, including 53 cases reported in Tennessee.

CHI Memorial clinic meeting needs of women at risk for breast cancer
CHI Memorial clinic meeting needs of women at risk for breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and according to CHI Memorial, one in eight women will develop the disease in her lifetime.

Local residents fear Governor Lee's block grant proposal could hurt TennCare coverage
Local residents fear Governor Lee's block grant proposal could hurt TennCare coverage

About 65,000 Hamilton County residents rely on TennCare, along with more than a million in Tennessee.

Erlanger starts vape addiction program for teenagers
Erlanger starts vape addiction program for teenagers

An estimated 3.6 million middle and high schoolers have used an e-cigarette product in the last 30 days.

Health officials recommend getting flu shots early
Health officials recommend getting flu shots early

Federal health officials say everyone age 6 months and older should get vaccinated, and they recommend getting vaccinated early.

More deaths expected from vaping lung illnesses, CDC says
More deaths expected from vaping lung illnesses, CDC says

The FDA is also launching a criminal investigation into what's making people sick.

Prostate cancer survivor shares story for Awareness Month
Prostate cancer survivor shares story for Awareness Month

In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a Chattanooga man, who is a 5-year survivor, wants everyone to pay attention to his story.  

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office no longer transporting mental health patients
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office no longer transporting mental health patients

Officials with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office say they have never felt that using a patrol car was the best way to take care of someone during a mental health emergency.

Addiction experts concerned that existing treatments aren't enough for vaping teens
Addiction experts concerned that existing treatments aren't enough for vaping teens

The high concentrations of nicotine found in vapes work quickly in the body.

Local vape shop operator says black market products are the real danger
Local vape shop operator says black market products are the real danger

A member of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association says kids are turning to the black market to get their hands on vapes when they can't buy them legally in the shops.

Suicides of two mental health advocates in a week serve as a grim reminder
Suicides of two mental health advocates in a week serve as a grim reminder

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

Alabama high school removes bathroom stall doors to stop vaping
Alabama high school removes bathroom stall doors to stop vaping

Wilson High School Principal Gary Horton said the best way to prevent students from taking smoke breaks was to remove some of the stall doors.

EYE ON HEALTH: Girls Leadership Academy providing full time doctor to students
EYE ON HEALTH: Girls Leadership Academy providing full time doctor to students

Leaders of the school came up with the idea as a way to tackle the problem of absenteeism.

What is in a vape? Everything you need to know
What is in a vape? Everything you need to know

The dangers of regular tobacco cigarettes are well documented. Much less is known about the ingredients in e-cigarettes.

US records 21 new measles cases as of last week
US records 21 new measles cases as of last week

There's been a slight increase in the number of cases between August 8 and August 15, the CDC says.

EYE ON HEALTH: Local Epilepsy Foundation working to raise awareness of condition
EYE ON HEALTH: Local Epilepsy Foundation working to raise awareness of condition

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by unpredictable seizures which can cause other health problems.

Drug costs push some to ration medicine as U.S. unveils plan to import
Drug costs push some to ration medicine as U.S. unveils plan to import

Soaring insulin costs have lead some people with Type 1 diabetes to go without needed medicine.

Eye on Health: Back to school sleep
Eye on Health: Back to school sleep

School bells will soon be ringing across the Tennessee Valley, and learning kids need their sleep.

Erlanger offering palliative care to patients to keep hope alive during treatment
Erlanger offering palliative care to patients to keep hope alive during treatment

Jacqui Schollenberger is a palliative care social worker at Erlanger. She says palliative care takes a holistic approach to a patient's treatment and well-being.

Local woman beats stage 4 melanoma using same treatment as former U.S. President
Local woman beats stage 4 melanoma using same treatment as former U.S. President

Meredith Johnson's doctor informed her she had the same type of cancer as former President Jimmy Carter.

Despite increase in Crypto cases in U.S., Hamilton County sees a decrease
Despite increase in Crypto cases in U.S., Hamilton County sees a decrease

Cryptosporidium is an illness people can get from swallowing contaminated water.

EYE ON HEALTH: Preventing youth baseball injuries
EYE ON HEALTH: Preventing youth baseball injuries

Athletic trainers say it is also critical to ensure players get plenty of rest and recovery between games and practices, as overuse is a major cause of injury.

Know the signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion and when to take action
Know the signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion and when to take action

More than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year, while heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable.

EYE ON HEALTH: Summer health hazards
EYE ON HEALTH: Summer health hazards

From hiking to spending time at the beach, most people look forward to spending more time outdoors during the summer months.

Are you getting enough fiber?
Are you getting enough fiber?

Fiber can prevent illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer.

Polling shows solid growth in support of legal abortion
Polling shows solid growth in support of legal abortion

But the Data Download team looked closer at the numbers and we noticed another trend: a hardening of views.

Medical marijuana does not lower opioid overdose death rates, study finds
Medical marijuana does not lower opioid overdose death rates, study finds

Some thought people with opioid addiction would turn to medical marijuana instead. It seems they were wrong.

EYE ON HEALTH: Protecting minorities from skin cancer
EYE ON HEALTH: Protecting minorities from skin cancer

A study by the Skin Cancer Foundation shows that more than half, or 63% of African Americans, said they never used sunscreen.

Rising injuries at jump parks
Rising injuries at jump parks

Nationwide, there were more than 100,000 emergency room visits related to trampoline injuries in 2014.

Local doctors say it's the largest brain tumor they've ever seen
Local doctors say it's the largest brain tumor they've ever seen

Timothy James is recovering after local doctors removed what they say is one of the biggest brain tumors they've ever seen.

3D scans reveal for the first time how a baby's head changes shape during birth
3D scans reveal for the first time how a baby's head changes shape during birth

The seven mothers in the study had to give birth inside an MRI machine.

Local woman stresses importance of 'Go Red For Women' movement
Local woman stresses importance of 'Go Red For Women' movement

The annual 'Go Red For Women Luncheon' was held on Wednesday in Chattanooga to raise awareness about heart disease. One woman in attendance says this event is very important.

What age should women get a mammogram?
What age should women get a mammogram?

Breast surgeons and oncologists are breathing a sigh of relief after one of the latest recommendations when it comes to the age women should get a mammogram.

Study finds people like beer and coffee for the the buzz — not the taste
Study finds people like beer and coffee for the the buzz — not the taste

This idea contradicts what scientists previously thought: that our taste genes determined why we preferred one drink over the other.

Trump, GOP states ask appeals court to kill Obamacare
Trump, GOP states ask appeals court to kill Obamacare

A decision to overturn President Barack Obama's signature health care law could leave millions uninsured.

Measles cases in U.S. spike to highest level since 2000
Measles cases in U.S. spike to highest level since 2000

The total number of measles cases in the country have reached at least 671 in 2019, including two pregnant women in New York diagnosed with the disease.

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