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A Vanderbilt researcher says the country needs more counselors in schools to respond to a staggering rise in suicidal teens.

Pediatrician Greg Plemmons' study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that more than twice the number of school-age children are being hospitalized for suicide attempts or thoughts, compared to a decade ago. The heaviest periods, he finds, are during the school year.

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The VA hospitals in the Nashville area are trying to attract young veterans transitioning out of the military. This spring, they've scheduled interest meetings every two weeks as part of a broader suicide prevention effort by President Trump. The problem is, no one is showing up.

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After months of deliberation, Tennessee is joining five other states and suing a major drug maker for its role in the opioid epidemic.

The suit against Purdue Pharma follows a lengthy investigation by the Tennessee attorney general into several drug companies and distributors.

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Tennessee hospitals may be too quick to send home babies born dependent on opioids. New research from Vanderbilt finds babies that are discharged early to finish weaning at home end up in treatment three times as long and are more likely to make a trip to the emergency room.

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Nashville's Meharry Medical College is working out the details of its first international partnership, and the historically black institution plans to focus on health challenges the U.S. shares with the southern African nation of Zambia. 

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Governor Bill Haslam is funding a $1 million project to help rural hospitals on the brink of closure. But advocates say that doesn't mean all of those hospitals can or should be saved.

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A handful of youth sports leagues in Tennessee are raising their safety procedures to achieve a new state certification. The endorsement is akin to the state's rating system for pre-schools. And health officials hope that it becomes something embraced statewide. The NFL's top doctor has even pledged to help spread the program across the country.

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Nashville health care companies with a major presence in the U.K. helped lobby for the new direct flight to London that starts Friday. But it may be firms with operations in India that have the most to gain.

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Updated 10 p.m. with reaction from Provision Proton Therapy and legislative leadership.

Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed a measure that would have required the state's insurance plan to cover an experimental cancer treatment.

Proton therapy promises to pinpoint radiation on the places that require treatment and do less collateral damage on surrounding organs and tissue, but many providers believe it's too costly and unproven.

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Community Health Systems — one of the major employers in Middle Tennessee — did better than analysts expected in the first three months of the year, showing some signs of a turnaround. The Franklin-based hospital chain has struggled to turn a profit while paying down a burdensome debt load, a result primarily of acquiring the troubled Florida-based hospital chain Health Management Associates in 2014.