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A bill that would raise the age to use a tanning bed is moving forward in the Tennessee House. But some in the Republican majority are expressing concerns about over-regulating health.

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The flu season has surged again in the Nashville area, closing schools and flooding emergency rooms — and health officials are reviving their vaccination pleas amid a deadly year for flu-related illnesses. 

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Vanderbilt researchers have published a study that shows opioid painkillers — particularly in their most potent forms — put patients at significantly higher risk of deadly infections. The findings were released Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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The leader of the national trade group representing public hospitals warns that Nashville will end up paying for indigent care, one way or another. Mayor Megan Barry has paused plans to close inpatient services at Nashville General but still wants a cost-reduction plan by the end of the year.

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The VA hospitals in Middle Tennessee are again vowing to make improvements after being rated among the 15 lowest performing facilities in the country. The Nashville and Murfreesboro VA hospitals are still dealing with high staff turnover and scheduling problems.

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The Metro Council is on track to defy Mayor Megan Barry, who discouraged giving Nashville General Hospital the $19.7 million it asked for to plug a gaping budget hole. The council budget committee moved to fully fund its request, rather than scale it back as Barry suggested. 

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On Monday, leaders of the Tennessee state House toured MTSU's lab that would be set up to study medical marijuana — if it were legalized. Lawmakers could consider cannabis for medicinal use again this year.

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Democratic lawmakers want to bring baby boxes to Tennessee. The cardboard cribs would broaden local efforts to reduce the region's high rate of infant mortality.

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The Tennessee Medical Association says when it comes to opioids, a doctor still knows best. The lobbying group of 9,000 physicians released suggested revisions to Governor Bill Haslam's opioid bill late Friday. The specific language of the proposal had only become public this week.

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A Nashville Democrat wants to keep the city from closing General Hospital — by order of state law. A bill introduced this week would require that Nashville maintain a full-service public hospital.