Health

Suicides Claim Too Many in Tennessee; Resources Available Statewide to Help Save Lives

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 09:56 am

Suicide Tenth Leading Cause of Death in Tennessee, U.S. & Internationally

NASHVILLE – In 2013, intentional self-harm was the tenth leading cause of death in Tennessee, a ranking that mirrors U.S. and international cause of death rankings. According to data from the Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Records office, a total of 1,017 people in Tennessee committed suicide that year. Statistics point out disparities in Tennessee’s diverse population and the need to understand suicide warning signs and the actions required to prevent loss of life.

"Emma" and "William" Maintain Top Spots as Tennessee's Most Popular Baby Names for 2014

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 11:10 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s modern tradition for the top names for new babies continued in 2014, with Emma and William taking the number one spots for a fourth consecutive year as the most popular names given by new Tennessee parents. William has been the number one name chosen for baby boys born in Tennessee for eight straight years. Emma repeats as the most popular name for Tennessee baby girls after taking the top spot on the list in 2011.

TDH urges increased vigilance to prevent flu and flu complications

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | 03:17 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans to increase their efforts to prevent flu and flu-related health threats by getting immunized and talking with their healthcare providers about flu-like symptoms.  Since 2007 there have been 29 pediatric flu-related deaths recorded in Tennessee, including three in December of this year.

TDH Warns of Severe Flu Season

Friday, December 19, 2014 | 03:58 pm

NASHVILLE  – Tennessee Department of Health surveillance notes a steady increase in influenza activity in Tennessee and warns the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. TDH urges everyone to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot now.

Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep this Holiday season

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 11:16 am

NASHVILLE  – Putting your baby to sleep using the ABCs of Safe Sleep saves lives. The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents to remember it’s very important to make sure family and friends follow these simple steps while visiting during the holidays:  Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib.

Give the Gift of Not Using Tobacco - The Perfect Present for Yourself and Others

Monday, December 15, 2014 | 01:56 pm

NASHVILLE – Stores and businesses have long used the familiar holiday slogan, “Give the gift that keeps on giving.” While stereos, watches and even baskets of fruit delivered monthly have been advertised to provide perpetual pleasure, the Tennessee Department of Health suggests a present that really does have lasting benefits:  Stopping the use of tobacco products.

Six Months after Initial Advisory TDH Maintains Position on E-cigarettes: Use at Own Risk

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 02:51 pm

NASHVILLE – Six months after issuing a public health advisory on the use of electronic cigarettes, the Tennessee Department of Health advisory remains in effect. Additionally, the department has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for regulation of electronic cigarettes and similar electronic devices that produce emissions or “vapor” that contain, despite the perceptions of many, much more than just water vapor.

Tennessee Department of Health Unveils New Magazine

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 10:30 am
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Publication promotes healthy living opportunities in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has introduced a new, free magazine to help people across the state discover better health and happier lives. Thrive: Living Well in Tennessee is now available at public libraries, city and county health departments, state parks and other locations, and in a digital version for online viewing.

Be Prepared for the Holidays: Get a Flu Shot

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 09:50 am

NASHVILLE – The holidays are almost here, a time to be with family and friends, but it’s also cold and flu season. Influenza-like illnesses are slowly increasing across the Volunteer State and the Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now.

HIV and AIDS Impact Too Many in Tennessee

Monday, November 24, 2014 | 09:18 am
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World AIDS Day is December 1, 2014

NASHVILLE – More than 16,000 people in Tennessee are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, and that number is growing. In the five years between 2009 and 2013, an average of 871 additional Tennesseans each year became infected.