Health

TDH Encourages Women to Take Steps to Prevent Heart Attacks

Friday, February 14, 2014 | 10:30 am
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February is American Heart Month

NASHVILLE – Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is also the number one killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. More than 14,000 Tennesseans died from heart disease in 2012 including more than 6,700 women. This February during American Heart Month, the Department of Health is reminding women to make heart health a priority.

TDH Issues Public Health Advisory on Electronic Cigarettes and Similar Devices

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 06:11 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health today is issuing a public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. The advisory urges caution for consumers using or considering the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes and other electronic emissions-producing products. It also addresses concerns about secondhand exposures.

TDH Launches New Statewide Breastfeeding Hotline

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | 10:28 am
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NASHVILLE – Tennessee families now have a new resource to support their efforts to breastfeed babies. The Department of Health has launched the statewide Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline, which is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The toll-free number is 1-855-4BF-MOMS (1-855-423-6667). The hotline is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors, and operated in partnership with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Carbon Monoxide: A Cold Winter Threat

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 01:04 pm

NASHVILLE – To keep warm air in and cold air out in winter months, most of us strive to keep every door and window tightly closed. While that may help reduce heating bills, it may also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Every year we see emergency room visits and tragic deaths from carbon monoxide that can be prevented with greater awareness and actions to avoid these manageable risks,” said Stephen May, MD, medical director for the TDH Emergency Preparedness Program. “While carbon monoxide poisoning is a year-round threat, it’s more common in cold weather when people are seeking ways to keep warm by using space heaters inside.”

Fifty Years after Surgeon General's Landmark Report on Tobacco, Too Many Still Smoking, Suffering and Dying

Friday, January 17, 2014 | 12:21 pm

NASHVILLE – The once commonly held belief that smoking tobacco was harmless, and perhaps even good for some, was shattered Jan. 11, 1964. The first U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking was issued that day, alerting Americans, and the world, to the deadly consequences of smoking.

In the 50 years since that report, the U.S. and Tennessee have made remarkable progress, cutting smoking rates significantly, protecting much of the population from harmful secondhand smoke and saving millions of lives. Still the battle against tobacco is far from won and too many people develop or sustain addictions to tobacco products.

Haslam Introduces Anti-Meth Production Legislation

Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 11:46 am

Proposal aims to reduce production without inconveniencing majority of consumers



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced legislation to reduce the growing problem of methamphetamine production in Tennessee.  The goal of the Tennessee Anti-Meth Production (TAMP) Act is to limit access to pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products to those who are using it illegally while not overburdening law-abiding Tennesseans who need temporary cold and sinus relief.  


Haslam joined legislators, members of the Public Safety Subcabinet and key stakeholders to announce his proposal, which aligns commonly purchased amounts of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine with 30-day limits.

Misconceptions, Misinformation about Flu Vaccine Put People at Risk

Monday, January 13, 2014 | 06:42 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health officials say too many people get sick or die from influenza every year due to avoiding vaccination because of myths and misbeliefs. The two most common rumors are that getting immunized will give you the flu and that influenza vaccines aren’t effective.

Tennessee Parents to Receive Book, Education on Safe Sleep for Infants

Friday, January 10, 2014 | 05:12 pm
TDH has purchased 86,000 copies of Sleep Baby Safe and Snug and will provide one for each baby born in partner hospitals in 2014.
TDH has purchased 86,000 copies of Sleep Baby Safe and Snug and will provide one for each baby born in partner hospitals in 2014.

Department of Health Partners with Tennessee Hospitals, Charlie’s Kids Foundation

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is partnering with the Charlie’s Kids Foundation and Tennessee hospitals to provide teaching materials to help new parents and hospital staff members learn the “ABCs of safe sleep.” TDH will provide hospitals that join the project with copies of the Sleep Baby Safe and Snug board book for each baby born in their facility in 2014. The new project was unveiled January 10 in Nashville with the arrival of 86,000 copies of the book onboard the Charlie’s Kids delivery truck. The book was authored by pediatrician John Hutton, MD for Charlie’s Kids to teach caregivers to safely put a baby to sleep. 

Richard Steece Named Director of TDH Laboratory Services

Monday, January 06, 2014 | 02:51 pm

NASHVILLE – Richard S. Steece, PhD, D(ABMM) has been named director of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Division of Laboratory Services. In this position, Steece will direct all TDH microbiology and environmental lab programs and services.