Aging, the W and the urge to sturge

I’m going to add a post linking to some of the better stories I’ve done recently. I’ve left my position as a journalism professor to move back to reporting, covering healthcare, which is a fascinating and a bit challenging subject. But I also get a few non-health stories as well.

HAIRPIN HIGHWAY
There’s a fun local road up the side of Signal Mountain called the W Road (that is the actual name) because of some hairpin turns shaped like, well, a W (or an M, depending on your perspective). Big trucks always ignore the warning signs and get stuck in the turns and have to be towed out.

FEAR OF FALLING
If you are a senior, the fear of falling can be almost as bad as the falls themselves.

A LOWER HIGH
A new study says doctors should push to lower patients blood pressure to a systolic level of 120 (that’s the top number).

PUTTING BIG FISH IN THE TENNESSEE
For about a dozen years now, there has been a push to recreate the Tennessee River’s population of lake sturgeon, which grow to be rather large. Now those efforts seem to be reaching fruition. 

BREATHE DEEP
Chattanooga’s air quality has improved dramatically since 1969, when it was rated the most polluted city in America.

OBAMACARE 2016 OVERVIEW
A look at how the marketplace is shaping up in Tennessee.

MODEL SURGERY
In a pilot program, surgeons at Erlanger Hospital will use 3D printers to make models of  diseased organs before surgery.

FLEE THE FLU
Everyone needs a flu shot doctors now say, or else you can lock yourself up alone all winter.

HALFWAY HOME
A new program will offer halfway homes for teenagers who turn 18 and are too old for foster care. I just noticed that the AP picked this up, which is why this clip is not from the Times-Free Press.

KEEPING SENIORS AT HOME
A new adult day care care that offers comprehensive medical treatment as well is an alternative to nursing homes.

 

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