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Davidson County is marking a steep drop in infant sleep deaths. The number of infants who suffocated while sleeping dropped 29 percent in one year. So called "sleep-related deaths" dipped to 15 in 2016, representing one in five of all infant deaths.

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TennCare's 98-page renewal form is making it harder than necessary for low-income Tennesseans to maintain their subsidized government health coverage, according to the Tennessee Comptroller. After conducting an investigation requested by House Speaker Beth Harwell, the state agency has issued a memo suggesting a list of changes.

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The resident physicians at Nashville General will have to find somewhere else to finish their training if the hospital is downsized to a collection of outpatient services. An announcement last month that relocated Meharry Medical College's third- and fourth-year students did not affect medical residents — but related changes at Nashville General would.

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Forensic experts say they're alarmed by two drug combinations that recently showed up in the TBI crime lab. One is a mixture of fentanyl and methamphetamine. Another is cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.

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The ousted chief of Nashville International Airport says his firing was a violation of the Family Medical Leave Act. He had been approved to take time off for a liver transplant but wasn't allowed to come back six weeks later.

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Tennessee is in a better position than most states as funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program runs out. Congress still hasn't reauthorized what's known as CHIP, and some states are already beginning to send out letters telling families to prepare for coverage to go away.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Even those most at risk have trouble believing how far HIV prevention has come. There's now a pill that can substantially drive down the risk of contracting HIV — and it's often free of charge.

PrEP — as it's known — is the big topic for a World AIDS Day summit in Nashville on Friday. But the daily regimen hasn't become as popular as public health officials would like.

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Nashville General Hospital has requested nearly $20 million to get through the rest of the fiscal year that ends in June.

Without a cash infusion — which has become a regular mid-year request — the hospital says it will run out of operating funds Jan. 30. But the administration of Mayor Megan Barry is intensely scrutinizing the request, especially amid a looming proposal to dramatically restructure the public hospital.

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When flu season comes around each year, a familiar face from Nashville appears in homes around the country: Dr. William Schaffner. The Vanderbilt doctor has become a media darling when it comes to infectious diseases. 

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Meharry Medical College has decided to take a leading role in the future of Nashville General Hospital, organizing a working group that includes the administration of Mayor Megan Barry, school officials, ministers and labor leaders representing hospital staff.

This follows a few weeks of uncertainty after school announced this month it will relocate its third- and fourth-year medical students to an HCA hospital because business at Nashville General is so slow.