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Tennessee is the nation's migraine capital

Sep 2, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  -- A neurology researcher at Vanderbilt University says Tennessee has a problem with migraines.

Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities all made the top 10 list of the 110 worst cities for migraines.

The study analyzed several metrics, including the number of migraine prescriptions written, hours worked, commute times, and diets.

Vanderbilt professor Jan Brandes says Tennessee's weather is another factor.


NEW YORK (AP/WMOT) — Tennesseans score dead last when it comes to eating enough fruit and residents are skimping on vegetables as well.

A just released study suggests only 13 percent of Americans are eating the recommended amount of fruit each day, while in Tennessee only 7.5 percent eat the recommended amount.

The findings come from a large, national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to laboratories in Tennessee and eight other states and is investigating how that happened.

The labs were supposed to receive dead — or inactivated — anthrax samples for research use.

Spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the Pentagon is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to retrieve the samples.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The Department of Energy is on the verge of shipping highly radioactive material from central Tennessee to a federal site north of Las Vegas.

The department's deputy press secretary Namrata Kolachalam tells the Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) a shipment of non-radioactive material left Oak Ridge National Laboratory Monday bound for the Nevada National Security Site.

The shipment was a test run for the actual operations, whose schedule officials will not discuss because of security concerns.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle and high school girls interested in math and science are eligible to participate in a conference at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

According to the school, the Expanding Your Horizons conference will give girls the opportunity to investigate math and science careers, talk with women in those careers, attend workshops and meet other girls who are interested in science and math.