Health

Chicks and Ducks Are Cute, but Not a Good Easter Gift

Thursday, April 03, 2014 | 02:10 pm

NASHVILLE – Cuddly baby chicks and ducks are as much a part of the Easter holiday as colored eggs and the Easter bunny. But even though they are fun to look at and kids love them, you should not give them as gifts because of the health risks involved.

Live poultry, especially baby poultry, commonly carry Salmonella germs. People can get Salmonella from contact with the birds or their environments. These germs can contaminate a bird’s body and anything in the area where they are displayed or housed, such as cages or coops.

In recent years, many outbreaks have been linked to handling live poultry purchased from agricultural feed stores and mail-order hatcheries. In these outbreaks thousands of people became ill, hundreds were hospitalized, and several deaths occurred.

Tennessee Launches Additional Efforts in 2013 to Reduce the Number of Drug-Dependent Newborns

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 02:34 pm

NASHVILLE – In 2013, 921 newborns in Tennessee experienced withdrawal from drugs their mothers used while pregnant. Many people across Tennessee, including a group of state leaders, are working to reduce that number and in the past year launched several efforts to help prevent the suffering and expenses associated with the condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.

Wearing Helmets Saves Lives and Money

Friday, March 28, 2014 | 01:58 pm
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

NASHVILLE – Traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of any head injury. Whether it is a fall from a bicycle or a motorcycle crash, a sports concussion or a head trauma to one of our brave veterans from an explosion on the battlefield, the delicate brain can suffer significant after affects. Many of these injuries can be prevented. During observances of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans of the importance of wearing helmets while riding motorcycles and bicycles to help prevent brain injuries. Tennessee ranks number six in the nation for lives saved and economic costs saved due to helmet use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Admissions to Ripley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Suspended

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 10:50 am

Lauderdale County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Ripley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center effective March 25, 2014, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $1,500. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. 

Admissions to Oakwood Community Living Center Suspended

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 10:48 am

Dyer County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Oakwood Community Living Center effective March 25, 2014, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $1,500. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. 

Tennessee Sees Fewer TB Cases, but Case Complexity on the Rise

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 11:50 am
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World TB Day Symposium to Address Challenges, Share New Tools

NASHVILLE – The number of confirmed cases of tuberculosis, one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases, reached a historic low in Tennessee in 2013. However, many TB cases seen in Tennessee in recent years are complex and more challenging for health care providers to treat. As part of the observances of World TB Day March 24, TDH is working to remind Tennesseans that TB is a significant public health concern.

Time to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide

Monday, March 10, 2014 | 03:43 pm
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Tennesseans Urged to Protect Skin, Eyes from Sun Damage

NASHVILLE – As the hours of daylight increase and spending time outdoors beckons, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds sun seekers to protect their skin and eyes with the international “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide” message:   

  • Slip on a shirt and long pants
  • Slop on 30 or higher sun protection factor sunscreen
  • Slap on a hat
  • Seek shade or shelter
  • Slide on sunglasses

Restaurant Inspections Help Keep Tennesseans Healthy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 11:33 am
Courtesy:  CDC/Amanda Mills
Courtesy: CDC/Amanda Mills

NASHVILLE – There are approximately 26,000 establishments in Tennessee where food and beverages are served. Inspectors from the Tennessee Department of Health visit each location at least twice a year to make sure items are safe for consumption.

“Protecting the health of all Tennesseans is a core part of our mission,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Our regulatory role and partnership with food and beverage providers helps to prevent food-borne illnesses and is one of the invisible services we provide to people across Tennessee every day.”