Archive for: June 2013

Learning a new attitude: Breastfeeding-friendly businesses

By Katharine Killen, Knox County Health Department


BreastFeedingMore than 20 businesses and organizations are among the first in the county to sign the Breastfeeding Welcomed Here pledge. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Health Department Director (KCHD) Dr. Martha Buchanan announced the Breastfeeding Welcomed Here program at an event sponsored by the East Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition today on Market Square. Read more →

Tips for a tick free summer

By Heather Edgley, M.D.


June2013-ETCHSummer in East Tennessee is all about enjoying the outdoors, soaking up area lakes, taking a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains or hosting a backyard barbecue. Just keep in mind that we aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the warmer weather. It‘s also peak tick season in the region.

While most tick bites are harmless and don’t require medical attention, some ticks carry harmful germs and cause diseases. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the most common tick-borne disease we see in East Tennessee and at Children’s Hospital.   Read more →