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Angels of Hope helps cancer patients

Angels of Hope helps cancer patients

Hundreds of East Tennessee cancer patients benefit from a volunteer effort to help them around the holidays.

"This says love is all you need," reads a hand made pillow case.

Love motivated UT Medical Oncologist Dr. Susan Huntsinger to start a program to help the cancer patients she treats.

"To be able to do this for them and give them just that little bit of spark that little bit of hope is just a wonderful thing," she said.

She realized the holidays can be especially difficult for her patients.

UT Study: Number of uninsured Tennesseans drops to lowest total since 2008

UT Study:  Number of uninsured Tennesseans drops to lowest total since 2008

The number of uninsured Tennesseans has dropped to its lowest total in four years, according to a University of Tennessee study released on Monday.

The purpose of UT's annual study is to find out how many people in the state are without health insurance, the use of the university's medical facilities and services and patient satisfaction.

Top 10 Places to Walk in Knoxville

Top 10 Places to Walk in Knoxville

Walking is a great form of exercise.  Anyone, regardless of age and fitness level, can start a walking routine.  All you need are a sturdy pair of walking shoes and you are ready to go.   The question is where to walk?  Knoxville has a Walk Score of 40 and is labeled car-dependent which means most of us have to drive to work, errands, and for entertainment.   However, there are still fabulous places in Knoxville to walk.  Here are my Top 10 suggestions:

Human case of West Nile reported in Knox County

The Knox County Health Department on Friday confirmed that a human case of West Nile Virus had been reported in Knox County.

They're not releasing any details about the case, but Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan said she expected to see a case of West Nile here and is not surprised that it has happened with cases popping up around the country.

This is the first confirmed case of West Nile in the county in 2012, and the first one reported since September 2009.

Officials have been working all summer to decrease the mosquito population.

ETCH launches specialty license plate

ETCH launches specialty license plate

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is launching a new specialty license plate to commemorate 75 years of leading the way to healthier children.

All proceeds from the colorful new specialty plates will benefit Children's Hospital.

This year's flu shots becoming available

This year's flu shots becoming available

Flu season is just around the corner, and already drug stores and doctor's offices have supplies of this year's vaccine.

The shots will be available to patients by the end of the month.

But if you get your shot now, will you be protected all season? The Centers for Disease Control says "yes."

The CDC recommends that people get their shots as soon as possible. It suggests everyone from six months old and older get a yearly vaccine.

One local flu shot clinic opens Tuesday.

Knox Co. spraying mosquitoes in West Nile positive communities

Knox County Health Department crews will spray a record number of areas for mosquitoes within the next week to help fight the spread of West Nile Virus.

Nine out of 11 of the county's surveillance sites turned up mosquitoes that tested positive for West Niles.

Health officials emphasize that it's not unusual to find West Nile mosquitoes this time of year, but because of the high number, the department will add three more surveillance sites.