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Tennessee gets first case of new mosquito-borne virus

June 14th, 2014 3:01 pm by Associated Press

The Tennessee Department of Health says a Madison County resident has tested positive for the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, which is painful but not usually fatal.

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Blood Assurance holding grand opening

Blood Assurance holding grand opening

January 22nd, 2015 12:12 pm by Hank Hayes

A nonprofit regional blood center is holding a grand opening of its Kingsport donor center today from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Food City shopping center off Clinchfield Street.

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New privacy concerns over government's health care website

New privacy concerns over government's health care website

January 20th, 2015 8:01 am by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site. Some can even glean details such as your age, income, ZIP code, whether you smoke or if you are pregnant.

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Insure Tennessee pledges to pay for value rather than volume

Insure Tennessee pledges to pay for value rather than volume

January 19th, 2015 9:30 am by Hank Hayes

Our region's two major hospital systems, Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) and Wellmont Health System, are now pushing to get Insure Tennessee through the legislature.

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Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox

Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox

January 12th, 2015 12:21 pm by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

This is the first time Americans will experience the complex connections between the health care law and taxes.

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McDonald's runs out of French fries in Venezuela

McDonald's runs out of French fries in Venezuela

January 6th, 2015 1:56 pm by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Rival Burger King, meanwhile, took the opportunity Tuesday to remind Venezuelans on social media that some fast food chains are still offering American-style fries.

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FDA drug approvals reached 18-year high in 2014

FDA drug approvals reached 18-year high in 2014

January 2nd, 2015 10:56 am by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer

FDA drug approvals are considered a barometer of industry innovation and the federal government's efficiency in reviewing new therapies.

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Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing

Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing

December 24th, 2014 9:32 am by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

One shelter did an informal survey of the roughly 500 new out-of-towners who stayed there between July and September and found as many as 30 percent had relocated for pot.

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Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

December 17th, 2014 12:27 pm by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.

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42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

December 11th, 2014 10:30 am by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

The findings suggest that many Americans are being trapped by debt because they are confused by the notices they get from hospitals and insurance companies about the cost of treatment.

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Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

December 9th, 2014 2:04 pm by CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber told groups in 2012 and 2013 that voter stupidity and a "lack of transparency" were important to passing the legislation without any GOP support.

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