Health/Healthcare

Got a baby or one on the way? There's a good chance you have questions. Turns out answers are as easy as sending a text. The Shelby County Health Department tweets out useful information and tips for all kinds of public health issues. One of them is a free service called...
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) has entered into an agreement with Tenet Healthcare to purchase Saint Francis Hospitals, both the Bartlett and Memphis locations, along with physician practices associated with the hospitals and six MedPost urgent care centers. “Consistent with our mission, the addition of Saint Francis hospitals will increase...
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NOTE: Congressman James E. Clyburn of South Carolina penned the following op-ed to spur enrollment during the 2018 Affordable Care Act enrollment period. With the deadline to apply approaching this Saturday, Dec. 15, we thought it was a good time to revisit Clyburn's call to action, which has been lightly edited for timeliness. If you haven't already enrolled, logon to Healthcare.gov today!
In-school screening and testing for lead will begin on Tuesday (December 10) for students and staff at Shelby County Schools where elevated lead levels have been detected in water sources. The window for in-school screenings will be open through the first quarter of 2020. Shelby County Schools (SCS) is sending parents...
People living with Alzheimer's and dementia can often become increasing isolated as their condition progresses. Social interaction and activities that stimulate the brain are critical to mental and behavioral health and help slow deterioration. Dorothy's Place is a day facility offering a solution to isolation for patients and their caregivers. It's located in Hickory Hill...
Hundreds of Memphis children who attend schools that recently reported high levels of lead in the water will be tested by health department officials as part of widespread testing on the campuses. About three dozen schools in Tennessee’s largest district tested positive for high levels of lead in at least...
BLACK VOICE NEWS — Although all racial, ethnic and age groups saw significant increases in opioid-and synthetic opioid-involved overdose deaths between 2015 and 2017, death rates among Blacks in large metropolitan areas is cause for growing alarm in these communities.
CHICAGO CRUSADER — According to a recent Alzheimer’s Association survey, people overwhelmingly agree (91 percent) that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia should be a group effort among family or close friends, yet one out of three caregivers are not engaging others in caregiving tasks. More than four...
After a recent decision by the FDA a better day could be coming for those living with sickle cell disease. This week, Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Novartis announced in a press release that the US Food and Drug Administrationhad approved Adakveo a medicine they believe will help, “reduce the frequency of...
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By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests. Almost half of adults surveyed believed they were likely to develop dementia. The results suggest many didn’t understand the connection between physical health...